What does your fashion future hold and will you be carrying a big gun?
For at least a century it seems, predictions for tomorrow's fashion and the military uniform have been intertwined. Why was it no one could imagine going into space without lots of weapons, and with a few more clothing options? Wouldn't people get bored after a while? It seems that, like much of the architecture of the modern period, less was more. Much less.
I know, I know, I need another Forties dress pattern like I need another laugh line, but I saw those dropped yokes and thought, how cute (or in Forties-speak, what a smart frock!). It's certainly not because I'm a big fan of Renee Haal, whoever she was. It was one of those "best offer" eBay listings so I got it for $6.
I've often been struck by how passionate people often are when discussing clothes. I've read countless fashion and sewing blogs where commenters are borderline apoplectic over other people's choice of outfits, or what they think is or isn't an appropriate way for someone to dress.
It's even happens here at Male Pattern Boldness -- and I've encouraged it!
One of the treats of blogging is getting to meet your readers in person. Yesterday I had the privilege of spending time with the brilliant Grace P. You may know Grace from her engrossing blog, Bad Mom, Good Mom, or from Pattern Review, where she's known as gsp1066. (Really rolls off the tongue, doesn't it?)
I'm in a quandary, dear readers. I have two projects I love equally that are competing for my attention and I can't decide which to do first. (I intend to enter one of them in the Pattern Review vintage sewing contest that has just begun.)
Yesterday on Amazon I ordered a copy of "How to Make Hats and Accessories: Instructions for Making 1940s Fashions." A reprint of the original 1946 book, it provides instructions on making not only period hats, but also gloves, muffs, handbags, belts, and more. Do any of you know it?
I just borrowed what looks to be an interesting book yesterday entitled, "Glamour, A History" by Stephen Gundle, a British writer. It's a study of the concept of glamour throughout history: its origins and its varying definitions during different eras (the 1930's and 40's in particular), up to and including the present.
I think I can best sum up the "week that was" in one word: yellow. I learned a lot about this color last week and if I still don't quite love it, I have certainly learned to respect it. I also learned, when in doubt, throw a little faux tiger skin over it -- works like a charm!
I finally cut my fabric for Simplicity 3873, my two-piece dress from 1941, and started putting this puppy together. I decided to do the whole thing in the YELLOW cotton-poly sheet I'd found at the Salvation Army a few weeks ago.
I made a kind of off-handed joke last Sunday about the saying that goes, "if you were old enough to wear it the first time around, you're too old to wear it the second time around." (I think this originally applied to mini skirts.)
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns. I also sew for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!