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A Fashion Moment McCall’s Treasury of Needlecraft: Evening Shawls

A Fashion Moment with Vintage McCall's Treasury of Needlecraft: New Year's Edition, The Artyologist

Happy New Years! Well, almost. In honour of the most glamorous time of the year, I thought it was a great opportunity to share these images from the McCall’s Treasury of Needlecraft, featuring some wonderful knitted and crocheted evening shawls and wraps.

Nowadays there seems to be a trend towards New Years parties where the guests are encouraged to wear pyjamas. This, Dear Readers is a tragedy. Not because pyjama parties aren’t loads of fun- they can be (although not my cup of tea), but because New Years is the most glitzy holiday of them all, and if you can’t wear a cocktail dress out on New Years, just really when are you going to wear it? So, I vote that this year, instead of continuing the trend towards casualness that our culture is embracing, if we are going out to celebrate, we instead don our most glamorous garments possible. Or, if you are staying in, your most glamorous housedress and robe 😉 To be honest, I am not going to be going anywhere on New Years Eve, so I’ll probably not be wearing anything very fancy that night. . .

Anyways, without further ado- some glamorous evening wear from the 1950’s!

Vintage McCall's Treasury of Needlecraft, evening shawls, The Artyologist

I love the cape-like look to the one on the left.

Vintage McCall's Treasury of Needlecraft, shawl, The Artyologist

This kind of looks like a table runner. . . but the rest of her outfit is glamorous, so I’ll forgive it. 🙂

Vintage McCall's Treasury of Needlecraft, new years evening shawls, The Artyologist

Vintage McCall's Treasury of Needlecraft, vintage evening wear, The Artyologist

Vintage McCall's Treasury of Needlecraft, evening shawls, The Artyologist

Vintage McCall's Treasury of Needlecraft, evening shawls, The Artyologist

Such a pretty zig zag pattern.

Vintage McCall's Treasury of Needlecraft, knit evening shawls, The Artyologist

Which of the evening shawls and shrugs is your favourite? I personally really like the first picture, with the yellow dress and sparkly jewellery.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, and that you have a Happy (and glamorous) New Year celebration however you spend it!

A Fashion Moment with McCall’s Treasury of Needlecraft: Pullovers

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It is high time that I share some more treasures from the Mccall’s Treasury of Needlecraft, don’t you think? I took all these photos last year, shared some here on the blog (hats, dressy sweaters and dresses), and then forgot that I had the rest of these! They were a bit out of season, but now that we’ve got snow on the ground, or at lease chillier climes headed our way in the Northern Hemisphere, sweaters are just what are needed. So, today I am sharing a few lovely vintage pullover sweaters from the book.

Above: I love her belt over the top and also how her scarf loops through her collar- such a lovely classic look! Also, note that she has a zipper on the front of her skirt, which I think is rather unusual for that era? 

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Pretty vintage ski attire- if only sports attire looked as nice today. Yes, I know that it’s all about “performance” but as someone who really couldn’t care less about sports, I just want everything to look nice 😉

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This is a really nice “college girl” look. Again, I love her scarf- I think I need to adopt scarves into my outfits more often!

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Nothing like posing for a photo while eating an apple? But just look how wholesome this sweater is because it is in an orchard. Style-wise, I don’t really like the boxy fit. It would probably be comfortable, but not as elegant for sure.

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A “simple crocheted” sweater. Love the batwing silhouette. And, the statement necklace is really interesting too- usually models wore more understated jewellery such as pearls and chains.

Which sweater is your favourite?

Well, that’s rather a small collection for today, but as it is late and I still have many things to do before the end of the day (I’m selling at a craft sale tomorrow, and there’s much to be done before then) so. . .  I’ll sign off for now!

 

Vintage Covers: Vogue October 1960, Fall Forecast

Vintage Covers: Vogue October 1960, Fall Forecast, my cover, the artyologist

A Fall fashion forecast: Camel is the colour of choice for the season, and a simple palette of soft earthy browns suits the approaching cool days of Autumn. Don’t eschew style in favour of practicality though; dress for the season in a classic fur collar and cashmere coat. Fur is always chic, and always in style.

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This, my last cover for the month of August and for #myvintagecover, might just be my favourite cover so far! I saw this Vogue October 1960 cover a while ago, and thought that it would be relatively simple to execute, since it mainly consists of a large fur collar. I do happen to have a fur collar, though it is not as luscious as hers is, and the rest of the look relied mainly on the makeup. The makeup for this cover was actually quite quick, since I only did one side of my face. 😉 But, I think the main reason that I like this one so much, is because as terrible as the original picture looked (in need of colour correction and with makeup on only one side!), it is the cover that has turned out most like the original image.

Well, it’s been fun to do so many covers this past month; I wasn’t sure how many I would end up being able to finish. There are only three days left to August (where did the time go!?) so I was glad to squeeze this one in before the end of the challenge. I still plan on continuing with covers here occasionally, as they are just so much fun to do. I also came across so many covers this month that I want to try and recreate, but ran out of time for, so I’ll be trying them out in the future.

If you want to take part in the challenge, there are still a few days left to post your images. And, if you want to post to the instagram tag after August, we won’t stop you 😉

 

Vintage Covers: Vogue April 1968, Elegant Simplicity

Vintage Vogue Covers: Vogue April 1968, Elegant Simplicity, the artyologist, reproduction

If you add only one accessory this season, let it be the turban. Hearkening eras past, yet undeniably of-the-minute, the turban is the piece for easy and elegant simplicity.

Vintage Vogue Covers: Vogue April 1968

And today we have my second Vogue cover for the month of August, and the My Vintage Cover challenge! I am feeling ambitious and might get another one finished this week (or I might not). This Vogue April 1968 cover was an interesting one to do, because the look relied so much on the makeup and the expression on her face; and I don’t know if I succeeded very well on either of those fronts! Because the image is so very desaturated and extremely contrasted, the colours made it difficult to see exactly what is going on with the makeup. Does she actually have a double eyeliner, or is that a shadow? Also, apparently my mouth is incapable of moving in the way she has opened hers (lots of laughter and outtakes while trying to mimic her expression!)

But, despite the challenges, I am happy with the result! It’s all supposed to be in fun, not an exact replica. While it’s great to sometimes put a lot of time into recreating something exactly like the original, sometimes it is also nice to do a more relaxed imitation.

If you have been hesitating to join in with our challenge, I would encourage you to jump in! We’ve had several people use the hashtag on Instagram, and I would love it if you would also join in the fun! If you are stuck for ideas on what to recreate, you can see my post here, with some “easier to recreate” covers, or check out my co-host Tanith’s post here. There’s still time before the end of August- I can’t wait to see what you come up with!