A Congerie


Advance 8848

It's at MOMSPatterns, B34, $16.99. But probably not for long …

These are awesome (Marimekko Memory Game tiles), although I think I would make them into a little mobile, instead.

This makes me wish I were going to London this weekend: £50 for all the vintage and costumes and paste jewelry that you can stuff into a bag? Whoa. (Thanks, Eirlys!)

Did you all know about the vintage fabric group on Flickr? And if so, why have you been holding out on me?

At least some of you are still sending me links, like Kristina and Cécile, who sent me to this Chinese ceramic dress art. And Kay sent me a link ages ago to this dress wallpaper (caution: some of the other wallpaper patterns on that site may not be Safe For Work).

If I had a spare gazillion dollars (and about three inches more height and a lot more hair: these coats really call for long wavy hair and a modicum of willowiness) I might spend some of my loot on an elaborate brocade military coat at Samiah.com.

And while I'm thinking about coats, did anyone but Jonquil notice the Pirate Queen jacket at EvaDress? It's not OFFICIALLY a Pirate Queen jacket, because you don't just go around advertising that you're a Pirate Queen. There should be a little stealth involved, at least until you come alongside and attempt to board.

Sometime this week — tomorrow, I hope, since there's not a lot of week left — I'll announce this year's Dress A Day charity effort, and some other good news!

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  1. That BBC sale looks amazing! Have sent it to friends near and far, especially those near/in London.Also, that Samiah site? Swoon!

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  2. I have that pattern from EvaDress. Must remember to make an eye patch in matching fabric, even if I don’t quite get the Pirate Queen connection… (did I somehow miss that 1930s screwball comedy in which Katherine Hepburn the High Society pirate knocks back lime daiquiries to fight off scurvy and demands of her suitors that they walk the plank?…)

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  3. OK, THAT’S a Hepburn movie that I’d like to see! Although I think I saw her in the prototype of this jacket in a movie and noticed the opening at the top of the sleeves looked a little weird when she moved around.

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  4. Wow, that Pirate Queen jacket slays me. But I want to know how one gets in and out of it. Do I have to be sewn in by a cabin boy and then wait to be hacked out my mutineers?

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  5. Thank you, Maux, for that link to Threads. Really interesting. And in reply to daisyfairbanks, from glancing at the pattern, you put the jacket on like a normal one, then button up the crossover thingy on the front… not as much fun as being sewn in by cabin boys and hacked out by mutineers, but probably quicker when rushing off for a day’s pirating out on the high seas…

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  6. That jacket literally took my breath away. For one brief, crazy moment I thought I was tall and slim and did not have D cup obstructions.Does anybody carry antique patterns for clothes worn by Ma Kettle?

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  7. Oh dear. I think I’m going to order that EvaDress pattern. And I’ve been so good about not buying patterns…but that one? Oh my goodness.

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  8. Clothes in really old movies are frequently mesmerizing. Has anyone else seen the old Dietrich movie called “The Garden Of Allah”? It’s a weird plot, and everyone in it is wildly miscast–Charles Boyer as a runaway monk (!!), Marlena Dietrich as a sweet young girl who want to be a nun (?!!), Basil Rathbone as some kind of desert sheik. But THE CLOTHES! Oh, the clothes are to die for. When she gets off the train in North Africa she’s wearing a beautiful suit with a magnificent capelet. The pheasant feather on her hat is about 2 ft. long. Then she stands on her balcony in the evening breeze, listeng to a haunting song from the caravan, and wearing a peignoir and robe made of smoky gray chiffon or voile. There are yards and yards of fabric! drool

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  9. There are amazing patterns at the Eva site! I want to order about 20 things, including the child-sized tweed coat from the 1920’s with attached cape and fur trim. Though it would be hard to push a kid into a pair of Osh-Kosh-B’Gosh overalls after that, so could prove a slippery slope…

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  10. FYI You have inspired me. I am attempting to track down shirtwaist patterns (or at least the ones you havent yet collected!) in order to build a wardrobe of them. I do believe that I could basically live in them (besides work… silly uniforms). So I’ve got one pattern on the way, and a bunch of fun fabric.Thanks for the inspiration!

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  11. Judith in Umbria, my recollection is that EvaDress actually DOES have a couple of Ma Kettle dresses – even in biggish sizes. Look for 30s housedress patterns, and if you’re of a somewhat cylindrical build, consider certain of the 20s patterns as well. After all, Ma Kettle certainly appeared in a number of movies, and her real world contemporaries were stitching their fingers off in order to have something to wear. Vintage is not only for the young, nor limited to the thin and/or flatchested!Now going to see if I can find a copy of “The Garden of Allah”!

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