So. If you are, well, old-fashioned, avert your eyes. Please. Because it was windy in Colorado and a little lingerie shows. A wee immodest bit of lace and chiffon. I'll just pretend I'm Carrie from Sex in the City. Have I mentioned I love the dress? Yes, it needs another snap in that certain area. Love The Broadmoor, too. I could get used to the swank life. Yes, indeed.
You guessed it. While I was in Colorado Springs, His Bertness was working his fingers to the bone adding fabulous vintage patterns to The Blue Gardenia. Isn't he a sweetie? Absolutely. A few of my favorites:
Butterick 6788, the perfect lounging robe. The perfect beach robe. The perfect bath robe. The perfect cape. Yes. It is a perfect pattern. In case you hadn't picked up on that. 1930s, natch.
Another 1930s that makes this patternista swoon: Butterick 5434. This is so elegant. So Irene Dunne. It has not one version but four!!!! And a saucy and unusual hat. Can you beat that? Not even with a stick, chicks.
And if you're in the mood to rock the steampunk look and, hons, that was the look at the writing convention, you must purchase Butterick 1792. Three versions, all smokin' hot.
And, yep, you'll find these patterns and many more additions at The Blue Gardenia. Ship abroad? With delight. Don't forget, this blog is going away soon, located on The Blue Gardenia website, so bookmark the new location, peaches. I don't want to lose any of my beloved readers. I do not.
Isn't this dress yummy? My mother made one for me years ago, and I wanted another. My sewing teacher said it was beyond my skills, so she
made it for me. (Bless you, Leslie!) I wore it to a writer's conference this weekend and to dinner at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs in the shadow of lovely Pike's Peak. The dress drew a shipload of compliments.
We used a tightly woven slate blue silk crepe de chine. I wore it with a 3-inch-wide covered belt made by lovely Pat in California. I was a very happy traveler. Indeed.
New vintage patterns at The Blue Gardenia!Check the Forties, Fifies and Sixties to enjoy the fashion show. I'll tease you with one from each decade:
Hollywood 648 offers a fun way to practice laying out striped fabrics. Love those pockets! Of course, this pattern, loaded with Forties attitude, would look fetching in solids or florals, too. Doncha think?
From the Fifties, this amazing design from Hannah Troy is sure to please. Sassy and sexy and hard to find. Good size, too.
She is feeling in a glamorous mood. Sweatpants just won't do for lounging around the house. She feels she's gotten sloppy. Heck, she knows she's gotten sloppy. Wearing yoga pants when she's not on her mat? No more.
McCall 8111, copyright 1935. Now, that is the look she seeks. Elegance with a touch of spice. And even though she's new to sewing, she knows she can make this pattern — and make it in a slinky three-ply silk charmeuse. After all, she lined a wool coat in charmeuse. It wasn't hard to work with at all. Not a bit, despite the stories she'd heard. Yes, this is the one. She'll look like a movie star when she butters her whole wheat toast. She'll be sexy brushing her hair and powdering her nose at her vanity. Yes indeed.
Yes, patternistas, you know this is available at The Blue Gardenia. And our shopping cart works now. That makes us so happy. So. Drop by and put a few goodies in your shopping bag, It'll make your day — and ours!
Ahhhh. We have been busy little chicks at The Blue Gardenia. This weekend, we replenished patterns in almost every category. A few faves:
Simplicity 1910, above. This, dear readers, is one of the sleekest 1930s coat styles I've seen. Love that collar. Love the capelet. Wow!
Vogue Couturier 245 is perfect for snuggling up to a piano bar and drinking a sidecar. And it's always been one of our most-sought after 1940s patterns. So, scurry over, if you want this one!
Such amazing draping on Vogue Couturier Design 771. So very Ingrid Bergman in Indiscreet. And this one is a bargain, because, drat, the size is missing. I think it's bust 32 or 34, though, based on the collection it came from. A very stylish British woman indeed owned this one originally.
Yves Saint Laurent at his very best! Vogue Paris Original 2296 contains a slim jumpsuit, a jacket and coat. Multi-purpose and haute couture.
So. Hurry to The Blue Gardenia. We offer a cornucopia of vintage patterns that will win the heart of even the snootiest fashionista!
The skies are sunny, the wisteria is blooming and The Blue Gardenia has just added fabulous vintage patterns! Tons of thirties, many in multiple sizes and most still in factory folds. And three fantastic 1940s Vogue Couturiers. Can you resist the suit above or the one below? Details galore! Yes indeed.
Just follow this link to check them out. And remember to change your blog link to the new address. At the end of the month, we'll be moving off Typepad.
I began unpacking a box of fabric that has sat untouched in my sewing/exercise room since we moved last year. (Yes, I am, as you know, a procrastinator. I'd definitely take the gold if that was an Olympic category.) My method: measuring each piece, stapling a tiny piece in a notebook, listing width and yardage. Whenever I make a garment I find myself spending hours going through my stash, trying to find the right piece. By the time I locate it, I'm too tired to sew.
As you can see, I still have a ways to go to finish this one box. Patience, self, I say. Patience. Rest. Coffee. Try again. Or just go read a good book. There are so many. And how plaintively they beckon.
You are looking forward to the weekend. You are yearning for the sunny days the forecaster promised. Absolutely. Lemonade. Chicken salad. Laughter. Strolling around the course attempting to smack that little dimpled white ball. You don't really care if you hit it or not. Neither will anyone else, because you are going to look so swellelegant. You, in your butter yellow and French blue linen sports dress. The one you whipped up from delicious 1930s Ladies Home Journal-New York 1280. Lovely. So very.
And, yes, this pattern is available at The Blue Gardenia, where you'll find patterns suitable for even the snootiest fashionista. We added many 1930s patterns, most in factory folds, from 1933-1935. Enjoy!