Here’s a nice Ladies Accessories pattern over on Etsy. If you are going for the complete look, this pattern from 1950 will make all the finishing touches. Or if you like an eclectic style, this hat and caplet would add that quirky, yet way cool touch to more modern clothes or thrifted outfit.
The lovely and adorable Myrna Loy (August 2, 1905 – December 14, 1993) was an American film, television and stage actress. She was trained as a dancer but devoted herself fully to an acting career after getting a taste of it in a few minor roles in silent films. Her breakout role was as Nora Charles in the 1934 film, The Thin Man, one of my all time favorites and which became one of the year’s biggest hits. Loy later referred to The Thin Man as the film “that finally made me… after more than 80 films”.
The movie showcased her wit, sense of humor, and comedic skills that her films heretofore had not revealed. She and her costar William Powell became one of Hollywood’s most popular screen couples and appeared in 14 films together, one of the most prolific pairings in Hollywood history.
Myrna wore some of the loveliest dresses in her films. With her slender dancer’s body and fetching heart-shaped face, it must have made her a costume designer’s delight!
This dress cleverly takes two layers of striped chiffon and overlaps them to create the plaid-like pattern. Maybe you can’t see it here in the still, but when she moves in this dress in the movie, you can see the two layers.
Same dress where she gives us a “come hither” look. Even the arm holes plunge.
This ensemble looks like an alternative to a suit, with the sheer overlay with what looks like appliqué and a colored slip underneath. I wish I could see this outfit in color.
I love that black and white world, where they drank cocktails all day and never got hungover, and everyone smoked with an elegant nonchalance anywhere they felt like lighting up and no one worried about second hand smoke.
Katherine Robinson of The Whirling Turban Studio is a vintage style enthusiast who creates couture reproductions of vintage style dresses in her “small, custom design studio surrounded by an orchid-dripping and dragonfly-humming tropical garden in exotic Bali.” Wow, if you’re going to have your own business you may as well place it in a paradise. Her specialty is reproduction style wedding dresses and the Alfred Shaheen-like Hawaiian dress.
She uses the old construction techniques so her dresses have all those details to give “that look” we love about vintage garments. She also utilizes local fabric dyers, printers and weavers for her fabrics which give her dresses rich and authentic look that just can’t be done using contemporary polyester-type fabrics.
This dress is made from 5+ yards of Whirling Turban’s own 100% hand-woven cotton, that is woven in a way that creates a luster that looks like an iridescent silk. The “wings” can be worn up or down and can be worn strapless or with the optional sweetheart halter straps. It has vintage-style elastic ruching as well as boning in the back so it stays snug and flat against the body. Using construction techniques true to the vintage era, the bodice front has boned inner cups, just like vintage dresses.
The Shoulder Sash Dress
Oh my, a tight wiggle dress! This dress can be worn with or without the button-in shoulder sash and also comes with the optional button-in halter strap. The peacock color of the fabric looks like if you saw it in person, it could make your eyes swim!
Black “Jacks” Sarong Dress with Devil Red Details
Another wiggle dress I would love to squeeze into. The mid-century jacks print fabric is custom hand-printed especially for Whirling Turban. The Wing Bust on the corselette can be arranged “wings” up or down. It also comes with the optional halter strap.
And then there is the drool-worthy bride and bridesmaid page.
From the Trompe-L’oeil Corsage to the small, “gravity-defying” sleeves that cling precipitously on the outermost edges of the shoulders, what vintage loving bride wouldn’t love to wear this dress on her wedding day? The very wide expanse of chest and shoulders was very popular in The Bombshell Era. Whirling Turban was inspired by the designs of the 1950s designer, Peggy Wood. She utilized the wide “Y” line made by this type of sleeve or shoulder straps to enhance the prized hourglass-shape figure by making the waist appear narrower by contrast. Whirling Turban kept the circle skirt down to a 3/4 circle so the volume wouldn’t be so overwhelming, plus it makes it more slimming and just right for crinolines.
Go take a look. Ooh la la indeed!
I just finished sewing this very cutesy apron. Sheesh that heart is big! Looks like something one would wear to work in a chocolate shoppe. I used a vintage Simplicity pattern and a cupcake patterned fabric I had in my stash. I’ve been pretty good so far in using what is already in my fabric stash rather than buying more fabric. Chocolates anyone?
I just can’t get over how huge the heart bib is. If I made this version again, I would scale it way down:The inside. You can see on the lining of the bib where I had run out of the lining fabric and had to piece together two smaller sections to make it big enough for the heart. That is what the seam line running horizontally right across the middle is.
Here’s the pattern I used, Simplicity 4825 from the 1940s.
I’ve been puzzling over a tricky problem since the beginning of Spring. What do I sew whilst in the middle of losing weight? Surfing around the web I see I’m not alone in this conundrum. Many of the suggestions I’ve read involve elastic waists. I’m short waisted so elastic waists are not flattering on me and tend to make me look very dumpy-frumpy. During the last 12 months, 20 lbs (9 kg) crept on to make me at my all time heaviest weight. I can’t even get into my “fat pants” anymore!
I have started following The Flat Belly Diet and have dropped 3 lbs in 2 weeks; this is frustratingly slow going but this has to be a lifestyle change I can live with. And losing weight slowly has been shown to be the most successful in the long run. Since I love vintage and vintage-like styles, this is a problem because many of the patterns I have and want to make in my stash are very fitted. Who wants to invest time and money on sewing a tailored garment only to have it end up way too big 3-4 months later? And I need to get crackin on some summer dresses now since we are already climbing into hot temperatures where I live. “Oh but it’s DRY heat”, I’m told. Huh?!? Hot is hot! A long hot summer means sundresses.
I want to avoid styles with full linings since that will make it more work to alter, although I’m not wild about facings, and so that means fabrics with more opacity but not heavy weight because of the heat. Although on Coletterie’s blog a reader suggested using underlining (sewing the lining to each pattern piece before any construction and using it as one unit) rather than regular linings on their post about dealing with weight fluctuations as a sewist. This sounds like a great option because some of the cotton fabric in my stash is extremely lightweight, almost sheer. Then alteration can be done once, instead of having to alter both the fashion fabric and linings separately. Or maybe I’ll have to venture into sewing lingerie and make slips, cut on the bias so they’ll always hug my body without having to take them in as I shrink, and they will have to be made out of super light breathable fabrics.
Speaking of sewing lingerie, this Valentine Slip pattern from Sew Chic looks appealing, especially the version with the lace:
Another solution for dresses might be styles with princess seams since that would be an easy alteration and the amounts needed to be taken in can be spread over many seams. Or sewing the front bodice pieces to the front skirt panels and treating it as one unit and doing the same with the back parts (using the underling method as necessary), and then stitch up the side seams last in one long side seam that could be easily taken in, if and when necessary. That means no quickie serged seams! I’m thinking of using this method for the sleeveless version of New Look 6183.