Friends, I am very excited about my next project and I hope you will be too. I'll be making three separate garments, all from 1944, to create a lovely WWII-era ensemble for demure Miss Cathy Lane.
The genesis: I was perusing Etsy last week, and I stumbled upon this cute jumper and blouse pattern (above right) for only $3. DING DING DING!!! El Cheapo just had to have it.
I love the simple sweetness of it, and couldn't you just see a youthful Gene Tierney or Jennifer Jones -- or even somewhat more mature Eve Arden -- wearing that outfit onscreen?
|Joan What's-her-name and Eve Arden in "Mildred Pierce"|
Here's an ad for a somewhat similar jumper, from a September, 1944 Screen Guide magazine I own:
Now that it's fall, we couldn't have Cathy parading around in nothing but a jumper and blouse, so I decided to look for a suitable coat pattern. And that's when I found this, also on Etsy:
It cost quite a bit more than $3, but what are you going to do?
Yesterday I went to look for fabric ideas, and here's some of what I came up with. I don't want anything too matchy-matchy, and I want it to have a period feel. The coat, I think, should be wool; the jumper can be velveteen, corduroy, or plaid or patterned wool tweed. The blouse will be a very soft cotton, perhaps a soft camel and white stripe.
Last night, I remembered that Pattern Review has a Refashion contest starting November 1, which is just around the corner. So at the flea market this morning, I picked up this huge salmon pink wool blanket. It's not perfect -- there are some difficult-to-capture-on-film areas of fading and discoloration -- but I think it's usable. It's darker than it looks immediately below, more of a rose beige, but I wanted to show you the blanket-stitching.
I'm fond of many of the styles of the mid-Forties and, paging through Screen Guide, part of my vintage movie magazine collection, I was reminded how lovely they are.
Oh, look what else I picked up! I don't think it's real fur, but I love the look.
And that, readers, is what's on tap, starting soon.
What do you think? Can you see a salmon coat, perhaps with contrasting lapels, combined with herringbone jumper and brown striped blouse? Or should I go with textured velveteen? Planning a new project is fun!
You can see more photos from my 1944 Screen Guide here.
Have a great day, everybody!