Sunday, 23 November 2014

Monday, 17 November 2014

Sewing Project: Inspired by Lelong

Some time ago I blogged this wonderful coat by Lelong, 1939.

It took a long time to find a tartan that I was happy with and in the end I used a Scottish wool rug as well as a metre of melton cloth.
The pattern is the most modern I have used for several years and was very easy. It has a slightly flared skirt with a box pleat at the back and a fitted bodice with darts at the front and princess seams at the back. I made two changes, the first was to add a fourth button, the pattern suggested hidden press studs below the waistline but I wasn't keen on the idea. The second to make a stand up collar again very easy by simply measuring the length of the neckline and cutting out a straight piece 1.5 inches deep.

Now all I need is cold weather.

Coat by Lelong 1939

See and Sew B5272

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Paris Says....

That knitted suits with smart accessories ar the chic woman's choice for the autumn.

From Woman's Fair October 1937. Click for Big

From Woman's Fair October 1937. Click for Big

Friday, 24 October 2014

Hardy Perennials

Autumn is the perfect time for finely tailored suits, here are three by Hardy Amies to stir your senses.

Autumn 1946

Autumn 1952

Autumn 1952 Scanned from Around Town & Shopping Opportunities

Sunday, 12 October 2014

The Polka Dot Polka from The Gang's All Here 1943

More polka dots - can't keep away from them....

Busby Berkeley's swansong and what a way to go! A feast on the eye from beginning to end with little in the way of plot (a good thing). Alice Faye, Carmen Miranda, Benny Goodman, a hundred chorus girls doing interesting things with bananas and all in stunning technicolor. Classic Berkeley routines, real dancing, fabulous songs, stunning gowns, amazing fantasy sets, jive, Benny Goodman and his orchestra, neon polka dots. FRUIT.
This is a musical film as it should be, 90% of it production numbers, a litttle romance, a little sentiment and a little comedy.