1950s

Retro Maternity Style

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Reproduction 1950s maternity smock

When it comes to retro maternity style, I may not be an expert, but I think sheer experience has to count for something! I’ve lived through two decades of maternity wear, beginning with my first pregnancy in 1996, when I was just starting out as a seamstress-for-hire and making lots of Regency gowns. Read more…

1952 My Home Magazine eBook

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My Home July 1952 Cover

This July 1952 issue of My Home contains a delightful number of features, including all of the following:

  • Fashion article with photos “We Take to Beauty,” chock full of style advice
  • A photo essay on “The Royal Family and Their Dogs”
  • Knitting patterns for a jersey suit for toddler boys, men’s striped socks,
  • A full-color insert with “trousseau pretties,” a knitting pattern for a lovely bobble stitch cardigan, and a feature on bedroom furnishings
  • Etiquette and home advice
  • Scads of ads that illustrate the era’s styles and accessories

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1951 Woman and Home Magazine eBook

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Woman & Home Aug 1951 Cover

This August 1951 issue of Woman and Home contains a lot of fantastic features, including all of the following:

  • Fashion plates “ready for your holiday” for April styles, plus a full-color page of children’s fashions
  • “The Story of Windsor Castle,” complete with photographs of the royal family
  • Knitting patterns for a summer twin set and a baby’s matinee jacket
  • Health, beauty and style tips
  • A full-color insert with summer lingerie and children’s clothes
  • Scads of ads that illustrate the era’s styles and accessories

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1951 Woman and Home Magazine eBook

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Woman & Home March 1951 Cover

The same day I nabbed a pile of 1930s magazines, I also managed to get three 1950s treasures as well. This March 1951 issue of Woman and Home is jam-packed with goodies, including all of the following:

  • Fashion plates “to choose with confidence” for April women’s fashions, plus a full-color page of children’s fashions
  • Knitting patterns for a jersey and matching cardigan
  • Health and beauty tips
  • A full-color insert with instructions for a candlewick cushion cover and embroidered sachets
  • Etiquette advice
  • Scads of ads that illustrate the era’s styles and accessories

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Girls’ Classic 1950s Shirt Dress Pattern

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Girls' Classic 1950s Shirt Dress

This is a fun, easy-to-wear shirt dress pattern design for girls ages two to 16. The 1940s shirt dress that emerged during WWII was a practical, utilitarian garment without frills that used less fabric but still had a distinctively feminine shape to it. As the style morphed over the coming decade, it became one of the most recognizable icons of fashion history, worn by everyone from glamorous Grace Kelly to thrifty TV housewife Donna Reed. The New Look ushered in fuller skirts and feminine frills, and, while the more angular look of the 1960s pushed it out of the limelight for a while, it was still a wardrobe staple on into the 1970s and right up to the present. My favorite versions, by far, come from the decade of the 1950s and have inspired this pattern with its fuller skirt.

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Fashion Inspiration: My Glamorous Grandparents (Part 2)

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In my first post, I covered my grandparents’ early history in Hollywood up to the point where “Pop” asked his US Army Air Forces superiors to consider sending him overseas to join the air war instead of working in recruitment and training. They granted that request, and he immediately transferred to North Island to learn to fly Lockheed’s brand new P-38 “Lightning” before joining the 48th Fighter Squadron, 14th Fighter Group, serving in North Africa. Read more…

1958 Party Dress in Threads Magazine!

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Thanks to the talented Katrina Casey of Edelweiss Patterns and her wonderful blog, Threads Magazine discovered my 1958 Party Dress pattern and asked to feature it in the July issue! Be sure to pick up a copy to see the full feature, which includes close-ups of Katrina’s beautiful cummerbund-style sash and rosette. I was so […] Read more…

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