Well now that Thanksgiving is over here in the USA, and we’re just left with eating all the leftovers for the next few days, my mind turns to Christmas sewing. I recently acquired Hollywood Pattern 779, and the artwork on the envelope triggered a memory.If you reverse the plaid on View 1 to the top and make the skirt plain, it reminds me of the ensemble Barbara Stanwyck wears in the country dance scene in the movie “Christmas In Connecticut”.Although if I were to sew this pattern anytime soon (it’s way back in the queue), I find the plaid skirt on the pattern really appealing. It could make a very fetching outfit for a holiday party.
Alice Faye was an American actress and singer who starred in films during the late 1930s and the war years in the 1940s. She sang in a husky, honey contralto voice that many song writers of the time loved, like Irving Berlin, who was once quoted as saying that he would choose Faye over any other singer to introduce his songs, and George Gershwin and Cole Porter called her the “best female singer in Hollywood in 1937”. In her acting she displayed solid comic timing and had a flair for carrying off the era’s popular and lucrative cookie-cutter starry-eyed romantic musicals. After her break out role in the film “1935 Scandals”, the Fox studio decided to give her look a make over. She was transformed from a version of Jean Harlow to a softer look with a more natural tone to her blonde hair and more mature makeup, including losing the notorious “pencil” eyebrows.The following are photos of her beautifully sculpted WWII era hairstyles. With her beautiful thick hair, she must have been the studio’s hairstylists dream. I so wish I could replicate these styles!
I love to watch old films durning the holidays. It’s very cold outside here and although we don’t get snow here except once a decade, the water in the bird bath was frozen solid this morning. So it’s time to stoke the fire in the fireplace and pop the popcorn. Here are my 10 favorite old Holiday movies, in no particular order.
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.