Would you believe the Brazilian Bombshell, Carmen Miranda?
Well don't, because it's not Carmen Miranda -- but that would have been a pretty good guess.
It's not Joan Crawford either -- another good guess.
Or Linda Darnell.
Or Eva Duarte, better known as Eva Don't Cry For Me Argentina Peron.
It is also not Cathy in a Forties wig -- I believe that style is called Victory Rolls with Bangs.
Finally, it is not Barbara Stanwyck. Somehow I don't see Barbara Stanwyck sewing, though I do remember reading somewhere that she once worked folding paper patterns for one of the big pattern companies.
So who is our mystery sewist? Here's a hint: she's not the only singer in the photo, he he.
She is....sunny songbird Dinah Shore!
I'd like to congratulate MPB reader Dork's Mom for coming up with the answer first (and quickly).
I leave you with darling Dinah singing "Now I Know," a lovely Harold Arlen song from the film "Up in Arms" with Danny Kaye (who, like Dinah, had his Jewish roots -- no pun intended -- disguised with the aid of a peroxide bottle by the Hollywood higher-ups).
And later, with Miss Peggy Lee...
I've always been fond of Dinah Shore, though she had pitch problems when she sang on her later TV shows, my first introduction to her voice. But she had such a warm presence. Any fans out there?
Have a great day, everybody, and thanks for guessing!
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, in addition to sewing for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!