perhaps i’ve mentioned before that i have a vintage sewing pattern collection. it’s intense. i’ve been collecting them for about 15 years, and i have about 1000. i haven’t counted them in a long time, and i hadn’t really bough many over the past 6 years or so. this summer is found so many that i couldn’t pass up.

check out some of my more recent acquisitions.

this one is rather unusual. i am guessing that it’s from a mail order company, as it wasn’t from one of the major pattern companies. it is american. it’s really cute with the little blouse.

i’m pretty sure that you couldn’t go wrong with either of these sleeve options. they are amazing! i love it when there is old handwriting on patterns. i also love it that the simplicity patterns of this era also depict membership of the NRA? totally weird.  the back says ‘simplicity leads the way to high fashion at low cost’.

the above 2 images are the front and back of the same pattern envelope. the envelope is made of something akin to wax paper. i think there are two different patterns in there, but i haven’t taken them out yet.

i think that my bf, luke, would look so amazing in an outfit like the one on the left, but he may disagree.

adorable!

this would look really great on me. i wish that i could go to the store and find such cute things now.

furthermore, why are slips so ugly and unappealing these days. yes…i still wear slips. if you haven’t noticed i’m a bit of a granny, even though i’m only 34.

soon my friend rachel will be over to look through these patterns. i hope that she enjoys them and finds them as inspiring as i do.

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diana vreeland.

July 2, 2010

this lady is an inspiration to me. if anyone had gusto, i believe that is was diana vreeland.

the fashion editor character on ‘funny face’ was allegedly modeled after her.

she spent 25 years at harper’s bazaar writing an unusual advice column titled. below are two examples of this unusual advice.


i mean…i know why i don’t give most of these gifts, but i think the outlandishness is part of the charm.

although these, too, are outlandish, i think they would be more easily interpreted to suit one’s budget. they make me smile.

this image is d.v. herself substituting for a model who was sick or something. i love this image.

thanks…i’ll take one of each!

i want that for my bedroom. the ceilings must be one hundred feet high! anyone recognize that lovely lady? it’s lauren bacall from her days as a model. loverly.

i should post up some images of d.v.’s apartment in nyc, too. it was all read and very layered. to be continued…

isabella blow.

June 30, 2010

isabella blow was the fashion director at tatler, the designer’s muse of philip treacey, and a discoverer of famous british fashion models. 

she suffered from depression and killed herself by imbibing some weed killer in 2007. i wish that she was still alive so that i could meet her.

a la schiaparelli.

then there are the pics of the inside of her flat….i swoon.