It is a warm summer evening and anyone who is anyone is mingling down by the bandstand. You know, the one in the center of town that has a lovingly placed plaque dating it to some bygone era, where the once crisp white paint is starting to chip and show signs of one too many harsh winters. The reason for the gathering is clear: the town orchestra is playing a summer concert of past favorites, a few marches, and one or two sing-alongs for the whole crowd to join. It happens every year and is looked forward to with eager and earnest anticipation by old and young alike. It has become even more popular to tote along a packed picnic basket of those delightful treats that are musts for outdoor eating. Cold cut sandwiches, hot dogs, thermoses of hot or cold soup, numerous types of potato salads, and mugs teeming with ice and refreshing lemonade: a feast for all.
As the wrist and pocket watches indicate the start of the show along with the customary squeak and groan of string and woodwind instruments warming up, parents hustle their children to the family blankets while grandparents nestle into their sturdy folding chairs. All are dressed in proper flat footwear, shorts or capri pants along with cardigans and jackets located nearby to ward off the encroaching night air. The conductor bows and starts the group off with a crowd favorite when you notice a nearby tourist struggling. She is wearing a lovely sleeveless blouse, a flowy long skirt, and beautiful, yet very skinny high heels. She seems rather chilly as she walks precariously to an empty park bench, heels sinking into the soft grass, and mentally bemoaning the inevitable mud kicking up to the hem of her skirt. If only she had brought her sweater and a pair of flats….then she too could be swaying gently to the music and not from severe cold chills and lack of proper footing.
I have been that woman too many times to count and have firmly learned the invaluable lesson to dress for the event….not just for my personal taste! 🙂
Here are a few more dressing for location tips from a 1949 Good Housekeeping article entitled “Who’s Ahead”
Plan well for those vacations my friends and always be “ahead!”
I came across a picture of this adorable little cape in a 1950’s sewing magazine a few weeks ago and simply fell in love. I knew I wished to recreate this look and was very pleased at how easy and quick this was to put together. From start to finish (including cut out time) it took just under an hour and with some pressing, this little capelet is the perfect cover for any 1950’s summer dress!
1 1/2 -2 yards of fabric (depends on width of fabric)
Pattern: 1 square equals 1 inch
You will also need to cut out one 36″ x 2″ strip for the tie that goes into the casing around the neck.
1. Stitch together all ten pieces of the capelet, right sides together, but make sure not to stitch into a circle. Repeat with lining pieces.
Place the two pieces right sides together and pin.
2. Stitch around all outer edges, but leave the front seams open. You will whipstitch these closed later.
3. Turn right side out and press.
4. Pin the location for the casing and stitch. You can also turn under the front seams, pin, and whipstitch.
Stitch the ties, turn right side out, press, and then insert through the casing.
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A toss here, a gentle tug there and any outfit can go from simply thrown together to a complete ensemble. But what is this magic piece of the puzzle? A scarf, of course! One of the long standing pieces in a woman’s closet, scarves can offer a multitude of styles for a very reasonable price.
Here are a few tutorials I put together for the vintage loving female! Based off of 1930’s looks, I hope they add to your wardrobe creations both modern and historical!
A few weeks ago, I watched one of my favorite Ginger Rogers’ movie Bachelor Mother and could not stop drooling over her wardrobe. One article of clothing struck me in particular, which led to several late nights in my sewing studio trying to perfect the pattern. What was this piece that threw me into a tizzy? A small, collared capelet which adds such an air of grace and femininity to even the simplest of frocks. Although I made mine of a very sheer fabric, the fabric choice is really up to you. The key is to drape the capelet over your dress form when you pin the shoulder darts.
1 yard of choice fabric
Use the following guide to cut out your pattern pieces. Adjust for your personal body size as needed.
In keeping with the theme of spring cleaning, this little tutorial will be sure to keep you hairdo dust free!
While there are many ways to create the adorable 1940’s hair turban, I wanted to create something a little different. My turban has extra long ties to create a bow on top of the head, while a hammock like piece wraps around the head to keep your hair tucked away.
*** The size of the rectangle can be altered according to head size and hair length. Some bobby pinning may be required to achieve a secure fit.
Here is what you will need:
– 1/2 yard of cotton fabric
Lay out your fabric and create shapes with the following measurements. Cut out. Cut two ties out of the 6″ wide section (3″ wide.) You can make the ties as wide as you like. For a more fluffy bow, try ties that are 5-6 ” wide.
Then hem the long sides of the rectangle.
Run a gathering stitch along the shorter sides.
Now take the ties, fold them right sides together, stitch, turn out and press.
Gather up the shorter sides to the length of the ties and pin. Stitch right sides together.
Trim excess fabric and press.
And there you have a unique 1940’s inspired turban!
If you have an urge to use up some of your fabric stash, or simply have an hour to spare for some much needed crafting time, try this easy tutorial to make a charming slip-over apron. Based on an 1926 pattern, this adorable apron features a scooped front, slightly gathered back, and two fabric ties.