This week's issue of Ladies' Home Journal is from January 1949! Check out that haircut! Major foreshadowing of the short haircuts and styles that would become hugely popular for women in the 1950's! This issue even has an advice column called "If You Ask Me" - by Eleanor Roosevelt! Amazing! There are some very hard-hitting … Continue reading Ladies’ Home Journal, January 1949
Working on those 1970's short shorts I mentioned in my last post, while chilling out with The Beatles and listening to the Magical Mystery Tour album and just had to share this super weird video for Blue Jay Way with all of you. https://youtu.be/Coz0TmK2ZIg I love the absolute weirdness that came out of the 1960's … Continue reading Weirdness Break with The Beatles (and a 1970’s anti-drug PSA!)
I've been working on several 1970's garments using two of the 70's patterns I recently posted about. So Far I've completed a mock up of McCall's 3734, view A, and am nearly finished the shorts pattern from Simplicity 9487. On the weekend one of my sisters and I went fabric shopping and I picked up … Continue reading Sewing Through the 1970’s: fabric and works in progress
Funny the things you do when it feels like for years you lost your voice. Lately, I spend most nights singing and playing guitar into the early hours, and I apologize to my neighbour, Mrs. Kennedy, out loud, even though I know she can't really hear me. I've become accustomed to apologizing over the years … Continue reading Serenading Mrs. Kennedy
I'm so excited about this week's issue of The Ladies' Home Journal! I'm so glad I accidentally found these on archive.org a few weeks ago! You all know I'm a huge geek when it comes to vintage magazines - I blame my local library, where I used to be able to buy vintage issues of … Continue reading The Ladies’ Home Journal, January 1965
Retro With Lana is an online vintage sewing pattern shop based in California and owned and operated by the incredibly sweet Lana! Lana offers an amazing selection of patterns, and you can find anything from vintage (starting in the 1940's!) to modern patterns, and she even carries costume, craft, men's and children's patterns as well! … Continue reading Retro With Lana Review!
For my birthday one of my sisters gave me these amazing vintage magazines and two gorgeous vintage sewing patterns and I wanted to share them with all of you. These magazines are seriously making me wish I had a scanner so I could put them up on the blog in their entirety! This magazine is … Continue reading Vintage Magazines & Sewing Patterns
I've been hanging out (on Youtube, I wish in real life!) with Professor Amanda Hallay and taking a deep dive into 1980's fashion with Ultimate Fashion History: the 1980's, while taking a bit of a break (to get a bite to eat to help combat this awful stomach flu I've had all weekend) from having … Continue reading Ultimate Fashion History, The 1980’s (and the 1990’s!)
I have a few patterns from the 1980's and 1990's that have certainly more than earned a public shaming. These are patterns that fell into my lap, and not only will I never sew them, but I haven't even been able to give these things away. What on earth were people thinking in the 80's … Continue reading The Fashion Hall of Shame: A Public Service Announcement from The Pretty and the Kitsch
AHemPatterns is an online sewing pattern shop based out of Edmonton, Alberta and run by the lovely Brianna Hellum! Brianna is a fellow seamstress and vintage fashion lover, with a huge selection of patterns in her shop from the 1940's all the way to the present day. You can find patterns for anything from clothing … Continue reading AHemPatterns Review!