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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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.

so, since i recently got a scanner, i decided to go pull some files from the basement. one of them was my trip i took to france in may of 2004. that’s where i saw the schiaparelli exhibit.

i designed and made a wardrobe to take with me that spring. below are the illustrations, front and back, of that wardrobe.

i didn’t make all of them, but i still wear some that i did make.

i did sketches when i was in the museum of elsa’s designs that i had not seen in any of the books i had read about her.

i also picked up some postcards. why i haven’t framed some of these, i do not know.

my program and souvenir.

wood engravings of beauty.

February 27, 2010

this is from the cover of jane eyre by charlotte bronte, with wood engravings by fritz eichenberg, new york: random house c.1943.

pretty.pastel.ladies

February 24, 2010

i found this lovely illustration in a recently acquired neat, old book.
if i wanted to get a tattoo, this would be a neat one.