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?
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 😉
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!
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.
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!
Happy First Day of August- and on that note- also the first day of the My Vintage Cover challenge!
I can’t believe that August is already here (really, where did July go?!) but I am so excited that My Vintage Cover is starting. To get you in the mood, here are some covers I have come across in my image searches, which I think might just be “easy” to replicate. And, if you have no idea what I am talking about, you can read all of the details here or scroll to the end of this post, for an abbreviated version of events!
This cover basically relies on a large amount of flowers. And they could be any flowers too- it’s the impact and vast quantity that makes this cover recognizable.
Well, I hope that these covers give you some inspiration and ideas- especially the last three 🙂 Tanith has also been sharing some covers, so if none of these seem to fit, hop over and check her post out. And if you’d like to see the covers I have done in the past, you can find them here.
Even if you aren’t planning on taking part in the My Vintage Cover challenge- I hope you enjoyed seeing all these great magazine covers!
Again, here is the condensed version of the My Vintage Cover challenge, being hosted by Tanith and I.
-Running August 1- 31, 2017.
-This is a non-competitive event; we just want people to have fun!
-Tag your recreations with #myvintagecover on Instagram or post them on your blog.
-We may post a few “round-ups” depending on how many people participate
-You can recreate a vintage magazine cover (such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar or McCall’s) or an editorial vintage fashion image. Images with distinctive poses, or styles that are iconic to a specific era are great options.
-Repost & share your inspiration image, or link to it, so everyone can compare the recreations and originals
-Recreate as many images as you would like! There is no limit!
Back when the lilac hedges were in bloom (three weeks ago) I decided that it was time to do another fashion moment with my Creative Hands books, and this time to do a lilac theme. Lilac is not a colour usually associated with the 1970’s, so I extended my palette to any purple, and pink as well. Surprisingly there were a fair amount of pastel shades, including some lovely ensembles in pinks and purples, and some more questionable ones too. Sometimes you just have to wonder what they were thinking. But then I think that all the time nowadays too. 😉
I am not particularly drawn to purples and pinks myself. Though I like them in nature, (I love lilacs!) they don’t find their way very often into my wardrobe or decorating. I do have a few pieces that have pinks in them (such as floral prints) but I have no purple pieces. The only items I have had that are purple have since made their way out of my wardrobe. Do you find that you like certain colours in nature, but are not drawn to them in other places? Anyways, here are some lovely purple and pink vintage inspirations for you today!
Aren’t these great illustrations? They outline some ways here to add knitting to your dressmaking pieces, such as adding collars and sleeves, or piecing a knitted bodice to a skirt to make a dress.
I love the pattern of the fabric in this dress! Isn’t it crazy, but super fun? That is a separate petticoat too. It’s rather a nice idea to have matching petticoats, as that way you don’t have to worry about it showing.
A classic coat never goes out of style. Though how you style it might. . .
Nothing like a backless knitted evening gown in angora paired with silver shoes . . .
I really like the simplicity and subtlety of that pink plaid skirt. I could totally add that to my wardrobe.
I couldn’t resist including this adorable baby set!
Which of these outfits or pieces is your favourite? Are you drawn to lilacs and pinks and pastel shades? Would you be tempted to add any of these outfits to your wardrobe?
A fashion moment with Creative Hands is long overdue, and in this case, a St. Patrick’s Day fashion moment means, of course, all shades of green. Not that a celebration of St. Patrick’s Day is only about wearing green, but in the realm of fashion it sure is 🙂
Apparently green was not as popular a colour in the 1970’s as I thought it would be. When I started looking through my books, I thought I would find an abundance of olives, but rather I found plenty of tan, harvest gold, blue and cream, with very few images of green sprinkled throughout. These pictures I am sharing here today are the sum of all twenty-one volumes. (Minus one picture of a creepy looking man in a quilted vest!) As with most fashion images from the 1970’s, there are plenty that I would not hesitate to add to my wardrobe today. . . and plenty I would steer clear of too! I hope you enjoy these pictures, and that they put you in the mood for St. Patrick’s Day this Friday!
The fairytale influences were very strong this past season- and I think that they will be with us for a while yet. The dress at the beginning of the post is a beautiful example of a medieval and fairytale inspired garment. I would add this to my wardrobe in a second!
This is another “Collector’s Piece”, which is a section in the books where they showcase textile designers projects. Can you imagine the work that went into this coat? So amazing!
This one looks better in the illustration than in real life, I think, although it’s hard to tell because she is sitting down (and obviously wanting that guy to Leave Her Alone, don’t you think?)
Not only is this an absolutely lovely skirt, and the entire ensemble is perfect for Spring- but let’s also take a moment to appreciate those shoes. Seriously- those shoes!!!
You knew that the pantsuit was coming, didn’t you?
Such a classic style of dress- I can see this masquerading very well as the 1940’s with a couple of tweaks- mainly fabric choice and a less pointed collar.
A classic coat never goes out of style. Raise your hand if you want the tapestry coat on the right!
It wouldn’t be the 1970’s without some smocking and flared pants!
And, lastly, this is a really nice green ensemble. I kind of think that fabric might be Fortrel, in which case that is too bad as that stuff is nasty, but I’m not sure if it is. What do you think the fabric looks like?
Which image is your favourite? Would you add any of these pieces to your wardrobe, given the chance? Do you plan on wearing green on Friday, for St. Patrick’s Day?
With the advent of a New Year, in the Northern Hemisphere, we find ourselves smack dab in the middle of winter. I think that this is the perfect time to share some more vintage knitwear, don’t you think? It is the season for cardigans and sweaters, after all, and I haven’t shared any for quite a while. The last time was. . . at the beginning of November, so I would definitely say we are overdue for another instalment of A Fashion Moment. Today our Fashion Moment is with Newlands.
Who was Newlands? Well, Newlands & Co. Limited was a textile mill located in Galt (now Cambridge), Ontario, Canada. It was established in 1884, and in 1916 was merged with the Galt Robe Company to become Stauffer-Dobbie Ltd. It was a major Galt textile manufacturer of the time. At this point, the history is a bit fuzzy, but somewhere along the way, their textile division started a line called “Lady Galt” which made towels, draperies, bed linens and yarn goods. Lady Galt was available from the 1930’s to the 1970’s, as I can find some advertisements, but I don’t know exactly when they started. At some point they began to make mainly towels but, in the 1970’s, the Lady Galt Towel line went into receivership. Dobbie Industries was able to start another line, Cambridge Towel in 1979, which was the largest North American towel manufacturer, as well as being the only Canadian one. At this point, the story of this company becomes modern day. In November, of last year (as in only a few months ago) Cambridge Towel was, sadly, forced to close it’s doors, as they lost several large contracts (including one with Walmart). Isn’t that sad that yet another Canadian and North American manufacturing plant has been shuttered?
Anyways, I started this post to share with you all these interesting pictures of some knitted sweaters, and the next thing I knew I was falling down the rabbit hole of textile mills and outsourcing manufacturing!
I hope you enjoy the pictures from this book. The book itself is in very bad condition, with the cover torn off and taped back on and the pages tattered and stained. Nevertheless, I do love old fashion books, because of the illustrations. This one came home with me from a flea market a few years ago, and I am glad to be able to share it with you today. I believe it is from the late 1940’s, as one of the models is referred to as “Miss Canada 1947”, and the silhouette and styles (as well as hair and makeup) fit in with that era as well.