Friday, May 31, 2013

Vogue 1070 Fashion Diva Coat, Skirt & Tunic Blouse 1961

Hope you all had a wonderful Memorial weekend.  I spent alot of time thinking about all our heroes past and present.  God Bless them all.  Without them we wouldn't be free.

Tuesday and Wednesday were busy packing days.  Alot of sale orders to get out for sure - thank you all.

Wednesday night my husband and I participated in an online cooking class with Chef Robert Irvine (Restaurant and Dinner Impossible).  We had all the ingredients prepped and ready but even so it was a train wreck - food flying everywhere and us laughing hysterically trying to figure out where we went wrong when the online media would stall and we'd be a step behind.  Oh my gosh it was so fun.  There was a running live blog too and the comments had us hooting in laughter.  This is the first time he has done this online and he said he learned alot - I'm sure he did.  We did too!  Can't wait for the next class.  We made a pork tenderloin with a sauce on it which was fabulous but  my favorite dish was the shrimp and polenta.  I had never made polenta before and it was delicious - we added spinach and spices, along with white balsamic.  We plated the polenta, topped with the grilled shrimp, and then topped with a "salsa" consisting of sauteed red onions and strawberries.  It was amazing!  Here is a link to the recipes we did:  Robert Irvine Recipes

The most noteworthy pattern listed this week (only listed yesterday and today) is this Vogue 1070 Fashion Diva Coat, Skirt & Tunic Blouse 1961 which I got in the mail from my sister the other day.  She found it at a yard sale!  It's extremely rare and uncut and it also has the original label.  Thanks sissy!

My next favorite went in today - Mail Order 2294 Irresistible Dress with "Button" Bodice / ca. 1940's and I have two of them.  The first is in Factory Folds the other was used and has mild wear but entirely useable.  That "button" bodice is so very pretty.  I like the idea of a contrast fabric too.  Really sets it off.

Back to the 70's with this sassy party dress - McCall's 3213 Flirty Party Dress 1972 and of course the bottom ruffle is a must.

I've had this one in my "to check" bin for a while and finally confirmed that it is complete:  Advance 8710 Smashing Two-Piece Dress / ca. 1958 with a most becoming blouson look.

The ultimate 70's Hostess Award goes to:  Simplicity 6020 Dazzling Wrap Blouse & Palazzo Pants & Skirt 1973.  Skip the skirt and head straight to those wide legged pants!  Two sizes available!



Friday, May 24, 2013

Time for a sale!  I've been a slacker with doing my blogs and I apologize.  Fresh start after the holiday weekend.


20% OFF ALL ORDERS.  Use coupon code HONORING during checkout to get your discount.

Memorial Day is a very special day to remember and honor all those who have given their lives in defense of our country.  No greater sacrifice can be made.  God Bless all of our troops past and present who have not only served but given their lives.

The picture I have used is of the Meuse Argonne Cemetary in France.  It is where my grandfather was buried after WWI - his name was Richard Warren Strong.  He died before my mother was born.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Hollywood 1107 Dishy Jumper, Shorts & Blouse / ca. 1943

The two new kitties are doing great!  However - Tobey the 11 month old is a leopard.  Lean and so very active.  Olive is like a beach ball with four tiny legs and getting her to move is impossible.  She plays like a "lady" - batting daintily at a dangled toy.  The word "run" is not in her vocabulary.   I have always free fed my cats and never had an overeater.  Until now.  Tobey needs all the food he can eat because he's young and races and plays almost constantly.  How do I balance their eating?  Oh did I forget to mention that if the crunchy food bowl gets low or out they both yowl like they are dying even if it's in the middle of the night? Help.

Always happy to find a Hollywood pattern.  Oddly this is one I had in 2011.  What are the odds?  Hollywood 1107 Dishy Jumper, Shorts & Blouse / ca. 1943 
This pattern made me giggle.   It looks kind of "clownish" - McCall's 8665 "Edwardian" Jacket, Pants & Blouse 1967.  However I swear I had this outfit in high school.  I saw on the Vintage Pattern Wiki that this was one of McCall's patterns they put into a store catalog booklet and it actually used the term "Edwardian."  I have two different normal sizes of this one.

The perfect summer dress - McCall's 8951 Seven Panel Princess Dress 1967 and as with the former pattern I have two sizes.
The perfect summer evening dress - Simplicity 6099 Flirtatious Front Wrap Dress 1973 and .... wait for it!  Two sizes available.

Looking for a pair of hippie pants?  Look no more - McCall's 2672 Hippie Swinger's Set of Pants 1970

In a weird mood today - some of these patterns are crackin' me up.  This next one makes me think of a Sonny Bono meets Tom Jones outfit.  McCall's 2687 Men's Groovy Faux Fur Vest & Pants 1970.

This is one from Tuesday and though it's been cut it's a rare one.  I have become a "pattern snob" hating to list anything from the mid-60's thru the 1970's if it has been used.  I see so many used ones that it's more trouble than it's usually worth.  But sometimes ones catches my eye and this one did.  It's a rare one too so if you have been looking for it most of your life grab it now!  McCall's 8898 True Fashionista Dress 1967

Oh my gosh did guys really wear these?  Simplicity 5376 Men's Super Cool Jumpsuit 1972

Remember those Granny Dresses we used to wear in the seventies?  Simplicity 9835 Flower Power Hippie Dress 1971
Now I really dig this one - a long vest looks so great:  Simplicity 5186 In the Groove Mini-Dress, Vest & Pants 1972 and lucky to have two sizes.

Rare & sought after pattern:  Vogue 9254 Oversized Hobo Handbags 1970's.  Okay it's a neat handbag but WTHeck?