Friday, May 18, 2007

Any One for Tennis?

Have we come a long way in tennis fashion? The rules haven't changed since the 1890's but the outfits have.

Here is how to dress for the court in an 1890's design from Ageless Patterns.


Past Patterns has a men's tennis or yachting shirt from the 1900s. That will turn eyes on the court!

Here we are with a Norfolk Suit again - this time on a man - rather then a Girl Scout leader. The scene is Spring- Summer 1913. I think they are a cute set!


By the 1920s - you see a middy blouse and skirt.
Eva Dress can help you with the blouse.


Patterns from the Past has some sports outfits like this one from the 1940s on up.

Let's look at the sport in the 1957s. This dress by the Vogue pattern company comes with it's own panties. This dress can be sewn in 2 different lengths.


I think this 1960's design combines elements from the 1920s (the drop waist) and the 1950s bodice style. You wear a smart pair of shorts under this dress.


Can we forget the 1970s and Chrissie Evert? She had her own line of sewing patterns for Butterick - some included a pattern for a visor. At least the dress is shorter. This pattern also included a panties pattern.

Are you read for today's court of fashion?



Sunday, May 06, 2007

Tag You're It!

Retro Romance tagged me.

The Rules:

--List seven random facts/habits about yourself
--Choose another seven bloggers to tag and list their names in your blog
--Leave your seven tagged bloggers comments to notify them of their tagging and to direct them to your blog for tag instructions.

Since this is a sewing pattern blog - I thought I'd show you a Vogue sewing pattern "tag". This one goes with a Jo Mattli 1960s pattern.



1. I went to UMass Amherst. I have a undergraduate degree in Biology and Masters in Education. We lived in the happy valley for 13 years.


2. I have done historical fashion research for Past Patterns. The owner, Saundra Altman, hired me to help her find information on the history of the hoop skirt. That was my beginning of my historical clothing research. That research project took me to the Patent Office in Washington, DC.


3. I have played townball. Here is a picture of me when I played with the Commonwealth Comets. We looked better then we played. I am on the far left.



4. I like to do vintage dancing and contra dancing with my family. Below I'm dancing at the Astor's Beechwood with my friend Stephen K. He likes to wear uniforms. This is one of the reasons I want my OWN uniform for the dance week.


5. I have two kids. A son who is 6 and a daughter who is 10.








6. I taught science in public schools for 4 years.

7. I have a large collection of Oz books. It is very likely that I fell in love with 19teens fashions because of the drawings of John R. Neill.




I tag: Sharon B, Material Mama, Craft Leftovers, Adorn Magazine, Dress a Day, Grandma's Sewing Cabinet and Lazy Girl Designs

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

The Girl Scouts - the old way

I have been working on a personal research project to re-create an early 1920s Girl Scout uniform. The town I live in had a troop dating back to 1918. We have an original uniform from a member of this troop, along with images of the wearer. I would like to wear this kind of uniform to honor the Girl Scouts in my town, and hey, I think it's a cool uniform! (O.K. I wouldn't wear it to my troop meetings, or hiking in the woods, but for parades it would be fun!)


This is Elanor Parkhurst, a member of Troop 1 - Chelmsford, MA



This is not a scout from my town - but it is a great image of the uniform


I have a problem, though. This is a rare piece of clothing and there presently isn't a good pattern of it. Since I like to research sewing patterns, I've been working on a solution. I have found a pattern that will help me produce this uniform! The pattern is complete, but it is missing the instructions. This is the "Official Yeowomen's Costume of the US Navy" circa, World War 1. I'd say it is a close match to the Girl Scout uniform pictured above.


Can you help me in my quest? Do you have the instructions to this pattern (Butterick 1101) in your private vintage pattern stash? Where would you wear this uniform?

The pattern shown above is owned by Past Patterns. Please go to their website to inquire when copies of this pattern will be available.

For more information about this uniform, I found the Blue Book of Rules for Girl Scout Captains. Published 1924. This is a scan of Elanors Parkshust's book. That woman saved everything! My council has her two of her uniforms, her membership cards, scrapbook, handbooks, and hats. What a wonderful snapshot of the Girl Scouts in the 1920s!


It contains detailed information on the official Girl Scout Uniform for the year 1924.



To see more pages from that handbook. Please visit my flickr site.


To kick this suit into today - I found this jacket by Walter on bluefly.com Maybe I'll wear my suit for more then parades. :)


Finally an update to this project!  Please check out Pattern 126 at Past Patterns website.