Monday, December 31, 2018
It's getting to be that time of year. A deep snow pack is developing and the ponds and lakes are beginning to develop good thick ice. For the vintage snowmobile enthusiast, this may be the best way to complete your look. If you get a crack on, you can get your entire family kitted out (in maybe matching!) vintage snowmobile suits.
Notice the groovy two-color version B, shown only on the back of the envelope.
I had to look up one of the recommended fabrics - Cire, or more properly, Ciré, is one of the family of fabrics with a hard, shiny surface finish. Traditionally achieved with wax, heat, and pressure, by the time this pattern was printed ciré finish fabrics were beginning to be available in synthetic fibers.
Here's what snowmobiling looked like in 1971, when the price of Ski-doo's elan model would just about cover the cost of today's snowmobile suit.
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
1964. Although I concentrate my collecting on the more utilitarian patterns, I'm intrigued by patterns produced as marketing tie-ins, so a few have made their way into the archives.
This one resonates for me because I remember seeing the film during its original theatrical release. In my cohort of seven year olds, we knew all the songs and staged our own versions of the story in our back yards and wished we had picture hats and frilly white umbrellas. The "Nanny Costume" is iconic, but I've always wondered why there wasn't also a pattern for the garden party dress.
Making dolls and their wardrobes is fussy work. Look at all the steps just to make the carpet bag.
This printed pattern is unused.