Sunday, June 21, 2009

McCall 2827 - Girl's Fancy Dress


Surely, these are flower fairies. One imagines their costumes made up in apple blossom or sweet pea colors.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Pictorial Review 1435 - Ladies' Semi-Fitted Riding Jacket

Mid 1920's.

Note that underfacing E may be cut of rubberized material.  You can see the outline of the underfacing on pieces L, F, and H.

The finished length of the jacket is about 34".  The pattern is not printed.  No fabric recommendations are made, though interestingly, the layout is given for 54" material only.

This was probably meant to be worn with Pictorial Review 1438, Ladies' Riding Breeches.

Monday, June 15, 2009

McCall 9947 - Men's and Boy's Bush Jacket

with or without Slide Fastener Closing.

The copyright date on the envelope is 1938, the pattern could be a year or two later.

You get to the bush, of course, by flying your plane, perhaps a Stinson SR-10, which was first manufactured in 1938.  The film Test Pilot, starring Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, and Spencer Tracy, was released in 1938 and was nominated for an Academy Award (losing to You Can't Take It With You)

Suggested fabrics include novelty cottons, suede cloth, velveteen (!), corduroy, woolens, flannel, linen.

Written in pencil on the front of the envelope, "Mrs White Pd"  I have a fair number of patterns with names penciled on the front.

Wouldn't it be wonderful to have a snapshot of Mr. White wearing his snappy bush jacket?

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Pictorial Review 1560 - Ladies' One-Piece Gymnasium Suit

Mid 1920's.

This is an unprinted pattern.  No fabric recommendations are made, though blue serge was popular.  I would guess that dry goods or department stores ordered bolts of blue serge along about August so that girls and their mothers could get their new gymnasium suits made for the beginning of the fall term.  My guess is that if the suit was made in the sleeveless version, a white blouse would have been worn underneath.

Evidence suggests that dark bloomers worn with white middy blouses were also referred to as gymnasium suits.

Interestingly, Putnam's Household Handbook by Mae Savell Croy, published in 1916, recommends gymnasium suits as the ideal garment in which to do housework.  That may be part of the reason why this pattern was offered in sizes up to a 46 inch bust.