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Current Flower Hmong Fashion in North Vietnam

The Flower Hmong are one of the most colorfully dressed ethnic minorities in Vietnam, making me ever so infatuated with their sartorial sensibilities. The Hmong are one of 54 ethnic minorities in Vietnam, making up 1% of the population, and further subdivide themselves into groups whose names often describe the traditional clothing of the group […]

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Vietnamese Dress

Vietnam has 54 ethnic groups and a correspondingly rich assortment of traditional dress. I wanted to share a small selection of different traditional women’s dress from across Vietnam for I have found the amazing assortment of color, shape, and construction to be a true inspiration. I hope you find them inspiring as well! Cotton is […]

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Hmong Hemp and Indigo Textile Art

The Hmong are an ethnic group from China, Vietnam, Thailand, and Laos. Before our travels to SE Asia, the Hmong were one of the few SE Asian ethnic groups with which I was already familiar as there are many Hmong refugees in the United States (and other western countries like France and Germany). The Hmong were recruited […]

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The Turban in Western Fashion

If you ask a generic American “Who wears turbans?” you are most likely to get a response that describes someone unlike the respondee. Maybe the respondee would include a person like herself on the list, but only if she had cancer or faced hair loss. In fact, turbans are currently worn all over the world […]

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Spring Retro Cotton Pajama Set

With these pajamas I hereby declare it is Spring! I’m putting away my oversized flannel pajamas (even if I do have a couple cute pairs) and wearing this adorable vintage style pajama set. While I am certainly usually guilty of wearing worn out oversize tee shirts and dumpy sweatpants to bed, I like have pajamas […]

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Pink Hand Knit Sweater in the Circle of Life

Sometimes the circle of life can be sad and scary. My dad’s parents have had declining faculties and abilities for a while now, and were recently moved into a care facility. My dad and his sisters have had to clean out my grandparents’ home. However, there are silver linings to all things. I have been […]

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Bow Neck Blouse Sewalong Roundup

Thanks for reading (and sewing!) along with me over the last month as I daily professed my love for Bow Neck Blouses. Here I’ve rounded up the bow neck blouses and dresses made as part of the sewalong! Click on any of the photos to be taken to their full post. For those of you […]

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Modern Bow Neck Blouse Inspiration

Bow Neck Blouses span the ages. I’ve shared inspirational images of bow neck blouses and dresses from the 1920’s, 1930’s, 1940’s, 1950’s, 1960’s, and 1970’s. To bring it to the present day, thanks to Maddie of Madalynne for putting together these great modern sources of Bow Neck Blouse inspiration!

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1970’s Bow Neck Blouses

Still looking for some bow neck blouse inspiration? (You better get sewing! The month is running out!) Not sure you want to do the 1930′s, 1940′s, 1950′s, or 1960’s? How about a funky bow from the seventies! I’ve put together an assortment of 1970′s bow neck blouse and dress inspiration, for your viewing pleasure. The best part? All of the […]

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1960’s Bow Neck Blouses

Still looking for some bow neck blouse inspiration? Not sure you want to do the 1930’s, 1940’s, or 1950’s? How about the swingin’ sixties! I’ve put together an assortment of 1960’s bow neck blouse and dress inspiration, for your viewing pleasure. The best part? All of the pictures link to patterns for sale on Etsy! […]

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1950’s Bow Neck Blouses

We continue our search for bow necked inspiration as we peek through the decades for the Bow Neck Blouse Sewalong with a selection of fashions from the 1950′s. All of the images are from Everyday Fashions of the Fifties as pictured in Sears Catalogs.I had to include this fun Kerrybrooke dress from 1950 because of the great combination of […]

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1940’s Bow Neck Blouses

We continue our search for bow necked inspiration as we peek through the decades for the Bow Neck Blouse Sewalong with a selection of drawings of fashions from the 1940′s. Thanks to Rochelle of Lucky Lucille for the above collage taken from early 1940’s Sears catalogs. All of the proceeding images are from Everyday Fashions […]

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1930’s Bow Neck Blouses

We continue our search for bow necked inspiration as we peek through the decades for the Bow Neck Blouse Sewalong with a selection of drawings of fashions from the 1930′s. All of the images are from Everyday Fashions of the Thirties as pictured in Sears Catalogs. I’m really intrigued by the construction of the blouse […]

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1920’s Bow Neck Blouses

I’m kicking off this November month of the Bow Neck Blouse Sewalong with a selection of drawings of fashions from the 1920’s that have bows at their neck. All of the images are from Everyday Fashions of the Twenties as pictured in Sears Catalogs. I tend to think of 20’s fashion as being to obviously […]

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Vintage Bobble Cardigan (1939)

This sweater pattern is from 1939 from Vintage Knitwear for Modern Knitters (on Ravelry here). I’ve been knitting it since November and spent 93 hours from start to finish.  The yarn was from a cone of fingering weight, undyed, 50% wool 50% silk (that I also used for my fractal crochet and needlepoint heart).  When I purchased […]

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1942 Hollywood Patterns Shirtwaist Dress

I now present to you my 1940’s dress for Sew for Victory. It’s from Hollywood Patterns (No. 855), from May 1942, endorsed by Betty Grable of 20th Century Fox. Honestly, I’m not that enamored with this dress. I was talked into the fabric, a quilting cotton, by a woman at the fabric store but I really […]

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Dorothy’s Vintage Shawl

I had the pleasure of adding a satin back to gorgeous vintage shawl, knit by Dorothy, the lovely woman who recently gave me a stack of vintage knitting patterns. I’m not sure exactly when it was knit, but Dorothy is in her late 80’s and she said this was her second knitting project ever, so […]

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Patons 1950’s Knit Dress Pattern pdf

I have uploaded for you, my dear readers, a Patons 1950s Knit Dress Pattern  that was just given to me, for your knitting pleasure!

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Vintage Knitting Patterns

While in Santa Barbara over the holiday, Adam and I had some lovely quality time with his 92 year old Grandmother, Nanny She. One afternoon, Nanny She took us over to her younger friend Dorothy’s house (and by younger I mean in her late 80’s). Nanny She wanted Dorothy to see the knitting projects that […]

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The 1930’s Scrapbook

One last birthday present post. Adam’s grandmother, Nanny Sheila, sent me this delightful coffee table book called The 1930’s Scrapbook, compiled by Robert Opie.

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Relating the Colors Worn to the Pigmentation of the Hair and Eyes (1931)

The latest in a series of excerpts from “A Correct Costume Enhances the Wearer: Color and Line in Dress” by Laurine Hempstead, copyright 1931 – a delightful book on dressing to complement your figure with vintage tips that hold true today. Chapter VI: Relating the Colors Worn to the Pigmentation of the Hair and Eyes The […]

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Relating the Colors Worn to the Pigmentation of the Skin (1931)

The latest in a series of excerpts from “A Correct Costume Enhances the Wearer: Color and Line in Dress” by Laurine Hempstead, copyright 1931 – a delightful book on dressing to complement your figure with vintage tips that hold true today. Chapter V: Relating the Colors Worn to the Pigmentation of the Skin Although one may […]

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The Hat is the Background for the Face (Continued) (1931)

The latest in a series of excerpts from “A Correct Costume Enhances the Wearer: Color and Line in Dress” by Laurine Hempstead, copyright 1931 – a delightful book on dressing to complement your figure with vintage tips that hold true today. In this section, the author gives suggestions for problem features. She gives pretty brutally honest […]

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Independence Day Fashion (1776 that is!)

I hope everyone is having a delightful Fourth of July! I’m so excited to get a day off to work on projects. In honor of the holiday, I thought I would give a glimpse of what people were wearing around the time of the original Independence Day, July 4th, 1776. These sketches are all of […]

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The Hat is the Background for the Face (1931)

The latest in a series of excerpts from “A Correct Costume Enhances the Wearer: Color and Line in Dress” by Laurine Hempstead, copyright 1931 – a delightful book on dressing to complement your figure with vintage tips that hold true today. Chapter IV: The Hat is the Background for the Face The hat can probably do […]

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Necklines Frame the Face (1931)

The latest in a series of excerpts from “A Correct Costume Enhances the Wearer: Color and Line in Dress” by Laurine Hempstead, copyright 1931 – a delightful book on dressing to complement your figure with vintage tips that hold true today. Chapter III: Necklines Frame the Face The frame for the face provided by necklines and […]

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Earrings and Necklaces Change Apparent Contours of Face

The latest in a series of excerpts from “A Correct Costume Enhances the Wearer: Color and Line in Dress” by Laurine Hempstead, copyright 1931 – a delightful book on dressing to complement your figure with vintage tips that hold true today. Chapter II Earrings and Necklaces Change Apparent Contours of Face The lines that may […]

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A Correct Costume Enhances the Wearer: The Hairdress Shapes the Face

I just found the most wonderful vintage book on how to dress for your figure. A Correct Costume Enhances the Wearer: Color and Line in Dress by Laurine Hempstead with Sketches and Color Samples Copyright 1931 It starts with the face and discusses things like coloring, jewelry, and hair. It moves to the body offering […]

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