Monday, April 30, 2012

shop preview

A small preview of some pretty things coming to the shop shortly!

1950s riot of flowers linen dress.

1950s white cotton tab button blouse, by Macshore Classics.

1940s navy blue linen dress with button decorations, by Kerrybrooke.

1960s green floral polished cotton sleeveless blouse.

1960s key lime pie dress.

1950s Mexico theme novelty print full skirt.

1950s cafe au lait skirt and middy blouse set, with ribbon trim.

1950s white cotton piqué cropped blouse.

1970s sheer navy blue swiss dot dress.

1950s blue sateen striped bombshell swimsuit, by Catalina.

1960s bluebell print dress with bow.


Friday, April 27, 2012

glimpses of 1956

I get so annoyed with the ads in fashion magazines today.  That's when I even look at fashion magazines...which is very rarely.  So why is it I love the ads in old magazines?  Here are several glimpses of 1956--through its ads.


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

shop preview

A look at a few new pieces coming to the shop shortly.  Shop updates may be slightly sporadic this week as my parents--and their two cute little pups--are visiting, which means lots of  off-computer quality time!

In related shop news, we are now offering Direct Checkout on Etsy.  So, if you aren't a PayPal fan, you can now check out using a credit card and avoid PayPal entirely.  (We still offer PayPal, as well.)

1950s summer plaid shirtwaist dress, by Paintset.

1970s deco dot print blouse with bow.

1960s tartan plaid cotton shift with pockets, by Russ.

1950s cafe au lait polka dot print blouse, by Helene.

1940s daisy print piqué sundress and jacket set.

Deadstock 1970s Levi's western wear dark denim skirt.

1960s candy stripe cotton shirt dress, by Sketch-4.

White cotton ruffles blouse.

1950s sage green floral print dress.


Friday, April 20, 2012

fix your foundation

An Adele Simpson high-waisted skirt/bolero jacket suit, "good for the short-waisted young figure."  This is from a 1956 article in Women's Home Companion about the correct foundation garments to wear with certain silhouettes.  I have to admit that the extent of my foundation garment experience has been limited to buying Wacoal bras and unhappy flirtations with supposedly stomach-flattening undergarments.  The upper right photo shows a Flexees "all-in-one," which is touted as "especially useful to the woman whose flesh is beginning to soften."  Okay, distasteful comparison of a woman to a piece of rotting fruit aside, I think I'd like to own one of these Flexees.  

Here's an ad (from the same issue) for the Flexees "Bouffante" 3-in-one foundation garment.  "Bouffante" is probably the best name ever for a girdle.

Corselettes, petticoats, bras, and stretch panties--to perfect your foundation for wearing the Luis Estevez for Grenelle sheath dress and silk geranium print dress by Anne Klein shown here.

A closer look at that gorgeous Anne Klein dress.

And if even foundation garments can't help you look good, make a dress that flatters your figure.  Shown here are dresses with patterns ideal for:  the narrow-shouldered, the slim and short-waisted, those with large hips, and those with a "young figure."  But don't worry, you gals who are just plain fat!  WHC has you covered with ads in back from two companies that sell larger size dresses.

I think both these dresses are really cute--and budget-friendly!  I will be dreaming from now on of finding that plaid Hayes dress in my size.  There must be one out there somewhere, right?


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

back in the groove shop preview

Well, I have a lovely new laptop (with great speakers--bonus!) and all my stuff is loaded on it (thank you, Carbonite), so let's celebrate with a big, fat shop preview!  All of these items are coming to the shop shortly.

1960s plaid seersucker dress, by Lorch of Dallas.

1950s rococo print cotton blouse.

1970s blue leaves semi-sheer dress with accordion pleat skirt.

1970s autumn leaves secretary blouse with ascot bow.

1950s blue and gray plaid shirtwaist dress with full skirt.

Seahorse print wrap skirt.

1960s psychedelic floral print dress with fancy collar, by British Lady.

1970s flapper print blouse.

1950s pale periwinkle dress with pintuck squares and bows, by Toni Todd.

Deadstock new with tags 1950s navy blue Rose Marie Reid swimsuit.

1960s floral print crepe blouse with ascot bow, by Donnkenny.

1950s abstract green mosaic print dress and cropped jacket.

1970s panda print top.

1970s spring green flower vine print cotton knit dress, by Country Miss.

Calico floral print wrap skirt with piping and pockets.

1950s brown blown-up plaid shirt dress, by Joan Curtis.

1950s blue floral print cotton blouse with ascot bow.

1960s birdie print piqué trapeze dress, by Malia.

Deadstock 1960s pink flocked girl's dress with satin bow at waist, by Wamsutta.

1950s gold and silver wicker plaid polished cotton dress with roll collar.



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