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Rebecca’s 1940s Swing Dress

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I have always been inspired by vintage fashion since I was a young teen and thought the clothing so glamorous and practical compared to modern fashions today. As a young woman I wanted more dresses in my wardrobe, so in 2010 I sewed up Jennie’s marvelous swing dress pattern for the first time. Since then I have completed two swing dresses from the pattern and always get compliments when I wear them. Read more…

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…

Fashion Inspiration: My Paternal Grandparents

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From my earliest memories, I have loved to play “dress up,” and a large portion of my play wardrobe came from my paternal grandmother’s cast-offs. I remember teetering around on silver high heels in a sparkly red chiffon dress liberally sprinkled with rhinestones. How I wish now that I’d known what I was wearing and saved it, but–alas!–that particular dress got worn to death and ended up in shreds long before I could appreciate its real value. Thankfully, my grandmother kept back a lot of her favorite clothes for me to enjoy as an older teenager, and I still have several beautiful pieces. Read more…