Category Archives: 1940s

Finished Project- A Fair Dress for the Fair

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! We spent a lovely weekend together, starting with the County Fair on Saturday, followed by great times with family BBQing, watching neighborhood parades, swimming, and ending with fireworks (although very far on the horizon). … Continue reading

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Swimsuits, 1946

Ahh! Summer! Here’s some divine swimsuits as pictured originally in the 1946 Montgomery Ward’s Spring and Summer catalog. It’s hard to choose a favorite! Happy 4th!

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Finished Project- Early 40s Playsuit, and Fashion Horizons

I have been so inspired for summer wear by the early 1940s, in especially the short called “Fashion Horizons” from 1941.  Here’s the videos from YouTube so you can enjoy these as well. My playsuit is actually a crop top … Continue reading

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New Pattern! Palisades 1940s Wrap Dress

It’s new pattern time!  Introducing Palisades, a 1940s Wrap Dress Pattern. Palisades is a mid 1940s wrap dress inspired by an original vintage pattern but with improved fit, illustrated step-by-step instructions, and cutting layouts for 45″ wide fabrics. This dress … Continue reading

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>What Real People Wore- Ready for their Close Up

> Here’s some vintage German photos of some close ups and a studio shot.  These are great for hair and makeup inspiration, and it’s also somewhat nice, in my opinion, to see that not everyone was as glamorous as the … Continue reading

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>Finished Project- 1940 Play Suit

>This little project was put away at the end of last summer, and while usually finishing old projects is a bit of a drudgery for me, this one was rather fun!I made this play suit from a pattern from 1940- … Continue reading

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>Spectators, 1942

>Hope you all had a great weekend!  Many thanks on all the kind comments on the new repro pattern 🙂  Yay!  If there’s one shoe I’ve been after for years, it’s a pair of early 40s spectators.  I wish there … Continue reading

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>What Real People Wore- Ladies Overcoats- 1932 and 1940

> I was very fortunate to have recently acquired a large group of old German photos.  They range from the 1890s to the 1960s, and it’s interesting (and somewhat eerie) to see the transformation within that time. It’s also rather … Continue reading

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>LA Air Raid- A few inspiring outfits

>One of the things I’m kicking myself for not doing at the  LA Air Raid a few weeks ago is not taking more photos!  I saw scores of well dressed ladies I would have loved to share with you on … Continue reading

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>Outfit Post- LA Air Raid, Photos by Gar Travis

> I am so very thankful to the talented photographer Gar Travis for sending me these photos of me at the Air Raid!  Now I have photos to share of the outfit I wore in the evening. Yay! Gar Travis … Continue reading

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