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Happy 4th of July

It’s party week here in the USA with 4th of July fun and games ramping up. Mostly, everyone in my neck of the woods (Utah) is trying to keep cool as the temperatures soar above 100 degrees. It’s dry heat, so its not that bad- as long as you can occasionally submerge yourself in a body of water to cool off and chill out.

We’ll be heading south for some family holiday fun- in the mountains, by a lake, sleeping in a tent… what’s more American than that? So, have a wonderful holiday- whatever you do- and enjoy this Treasury of darling patriotic items I’ve gathered up on Etsy.  I couldn’t get it to post here with all the shop links so click on the link below to do any further research on wares.
Happy 4th of July!
handmade patriotic goods
Stars and Stripes treasury

fly the friendly skies- vintage airline photos

fly the friendly skies United airlinesI ran across a book about the early days of United Airlines in a thrift store the other day. Most of it was detailing the beginning of the company- the aircrafts, mechanics…blah, blah, boring…

Then I came across these pages… fashion from the early days of air travel and of that aspect- I can’t get enough. Here are my favorite vintage airline photos from the pages, taking you back to past episodes of Mad Men or the real good old days if you were born in the 1940’s or so. In either or any case, enjoy.

1960's stewardess outfitsLove it, barefoot but with gloves on.
I want to make these dresses and hats– at the very least, as Halloween costumes.

United airlines meal served, 1950'sThe cabin seems stuffy and crowded but all are well dressed, shoes polished, to be sure. Maybe kids wander and sit on the floor?

1950's airplane mealYum, economy class airplane food… it really hasn’t changed much.

airline service for babyOh the baby… (with a rattle in hand) being catered to.

1950's United airlines photoOK, her jacket is fabulous- every line and button- all of it. I just might have a similar pattern in my vintage pattern collection… another garment to put on the ‘to make’ list.

United airlines mainlinerI love getting on a plane this way, walking across the tarmac and up the stairs. It doesn’t happen often enough these days.

1950's airline travelI love this red-carpet well dressed (and groomed) world. Appropriately dressed for travel all these years later is very loosely interpreted… four inch heels, your tightest pants and smallest shirt for seemingly endless walking through terminals and hours on a plane? Really? Is it just me?

My husband recently watched a girl in extremely high heels trip and fall on her face in an airport, I’m sorry folks but she had it coming to her! …and he tried not to laugh out loud.

United airlines US map 1950'sI would like this map to be printed on fabric, please. A lovely, simple illustration.

Oh and sorry southeasterners, you’re going to have to wait to make the map and learn to fly the friendly skies later.

A vintage dress for Homecoming

20120924-112100.jpgMy daughter picked out this pattern from my collection for her homecoming dress, just fine as I’ve been interested in giving it a try. Blue taffeta for the fabric, pretty easy to work with and washable too.

20120924-112125.jpgThe tough part- getting those scallops to work and lay flat with no puckers when all is turned right side out.

20120924-112150.jpgWay too big on the first fitting, hmm…

The amount of changes needed necessitated remaking the entire bodice, but using the original skirt.  The main adjustment was to the middle of both bodice pieces, I removed about 3/4 of an inch from (both the front and back) the original size 20 pattern for the size 8 gal I was making the dress for. The remake actually worked out well- especially because it allowed me to improve my scallop neckline. Practice makes perfect.

A much better fit the second time around. Darling!

Thank you Pinterest for so many hair ideas, and the final choice.
Blooms, Julia Smith florals, we couldn’t help ourselves but set up a photo shoot. With a willing posse of teens dresses to the nine’s and gorgeous fresh flowers- why wouldn’t you?

Watch the video here.