Bombshells: Jean Seberg

Jean Seberg went from Iowa to becoming the French New Wave's darling.  While she made movies in Hollywood as well, it is her portrayal of the cool girly-tomboy young American in her French movies that have always inspired me.

She acted from the years of 1957-1976. Her first movie was Otto Preminger's Saint Joan, where she played Joan of Arc. She died in 1979 of an overdose at the age of 40. 

She made the pixie cut chic, well before Mia Farrow. 

Her chicness was in her ability to shine without being over done. 

Capris, chunky knit sweaters, and flats. This was her uniform.

She was truly adorable!

If you haven't seen her in the New Wave classic,

Breathless

(1960), you simply must! 

Bobbins: Leopard Print as a Neutral

Leopard print can often be thought of as a racy and tacky print. And there is a place for that! But it definitely has it's high fashion moments. It seems to be worn best when it is thought of as a neutral, or as just an accent. The Mid-Century wore leopard so very well! Here is some leopard print eye candy from the past!

1960's. Jackie. Full on print here and nothing classier.

1940's. Barbara Stanwyck. Sophistication.

1950's Christian Dior. Timeless.

1951. Sunny Harnett. Leopard with tweed. 

1950's. Ladies Home Journal. 


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My Projects: Pattern Rub-Off Tutorial

Pattern rub-off skills can be quite handy! The idea here is not to copy but rather preserve a pattern of either something that fits you really well or something that is destroyed beyond repair. 

Last Summer, I made a pattern rub-off of one of my favorite pencil skirts. I love the fit of this skirt and was deeply disappointed when the brand didn't offer one in simple solid black. Really? Therefore, I decided to make one myself! I also made one in army green and am currently working on one in a lovely charcoal wool with herringbone stripes. 

 Finally, here is my tutorial. This pattern is really simple, and I suggest starting with a simple item like this from your closet. Let's get started, shall we?


1. Tools you will need:
* favorite item from your closet
*measuring tape
*muslin
*pins
*scissors
*pencil
*pattern paper
*tracing wheel (pictured below)
* Ruler (pictured below- hey I don't do tutorials very often!)

2. Find your center front and center back. Mark with a pin at both the top and bottom of the garment.
3. Put pin markers where darts end, or anything of interest. It could be area of shirring, or pleats.
4. Mark your muslin. In design school we used to have to pull the warp out. Now I mark with pencil. Dig that lead in the groove of the weave and mark your long grain. This will help you see that your fabric is straight. If it is crooked, block your fabric to get that grain line straight! 
5. Place that line on your muslin on your center front (or center back, center side etc.) and then start to define areas of interest, like this dart. Pin in the amount to keep your fabric flat. 

6. Number 5 is so important, I have repeated it for No. 6. Did you get that? This is what will shape your garment and a huge part of why this garment fits you so well. Go back and make sure your darts are perfect!
7. With your pencil mark those pins and mark the edges of your garment. Hence the term rub-off. You can use chalk as well. 
8. Everything marked? Make sure before you un-pin! Take your muslin and lie it on top of the pattern paper. Label your grain lines so you know what piece is what. They will all look the same! 
9. Time to mark your paper below with the tracing wheel. The teeth will make marks you can trace over. 

10. Look closely and you will see the teeth marks. Pencil over those marks but with your ruler and "true" them up.  They might be wavy, so you need to make sure you have straight lines with natural body curve. 
11. Mark your pattern pieces. Are you cutting 2 or 1 on the fold? Is it the center back, center front, side front? You will need to know this later.
12. True up your darts and add your half inch seam allowance, or 5/8" if you prefer. Also add notches, so when the pattern comes off your fabric later you will know what is what. 
13. Choose your fabric and lay out your pattern and cut out your new dream item! May be best to try a muslin version first and tweak your pattern if necessary. Especially if your project is much more complicated than a 2 piece pencil skirt pattern. 


Finished pencil skirt #2! Army green stretch cotton! Soon my closet (pictured behind me) will be full of these pencil skirts in many fabrications! 
Oh, and the peasant blouse I am wearing was handmade too, from a vintage pattern. More info on that here

Let me know if you have any questions and what patterns you make. 
 Good luck!

Bobbins: Tweed

When ever thoughts of  an ideal Autumn or Winter wardrobe come to mind, as they do this time of year, I gravitate toward tweeds. I love the texture, flecks of color, and sturdy warmth it provides. I also love the classic styling that always looks chic.

Dita Von Teese in vintage Dior. 

Classic Chanel. 1950's. 

Menswear inspired. Biba. 1960's/70's. 

Sears. 1950's. Yes! To each of those pencil skirts!

What fabric are you drawn to time and time again? What is your go to Autumn wardrobe staple?

All images found on Pinterest.

 

Bombshells: Carole Lombard

Carole Lombard is a true style icon. She could pull off casual looks just as well as complete silver screen glamour. A natural beauty, best known for her screwball comedies of the 1930s, she is still an inspiration.

A young Carole (born Jane Alice Peters) in the 1920's. Those eyes were made for black and white films.

Super stylish. I love this outfit. 

Stunning Old Hollywood glamour. You can see why she was the highest paid actress in her time. 

She is known for saying: “I’ve lived by a man’s code designed to fit a man’s world, yet at the same time I never forget that a woman’s first job is to choose the right shade of lipstick.” 

The love's of their lives. I can't imagine a better looking couple! 

Clark Gable- swoon! 

Carole was tragically killed in a plane crash with her Mother in 1942 at the age of 33. Her and Clark were only married for 3 years. So sad. 

Her style inspiration and wonderful films will always live on. 


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Winter Fashion By Decade- 1920's

Brrrr! It's freezing this winter! When it's cold like this, I live in sweaters, hats and scarves and static un-styled hair. An injection of vintage in my daily life hardly appears. Unlike the Summer when retro dresses are a plenty! That got me thinking more and more about what was fashionable, in the past, in the Winter. Perhaps, I need some inspiration. So for the next few weeks, we are going to explore Winter Fashion By Decade. 

Women in the 1920's hardly seem bothered by the cold. Silk and knit underwear was popular as well as layers of wool and velvet. 

Wool velour and fur trim! These coats do look warm and glamorous! No goose down and polartec, though like we have today.

The Collegiate sportswear look was becoming popular outside of sports for the first time, as well as on the slopes. Women could be casual in sweaters, tweeds, and argyles during the day.

But of course, glamour girls have got to be glamorous. The bigger the fur trim the better! Many furs popular in the 1920's have become extinct or protected.

Louise Brooks, giving us the ultimate in 1920's winter glamour. I need that coat!


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Retro Looks In The Modern World: Hollywood Horror

As much as the modern fashion world looks forward it also continually looks back in time. Here we explore Retro Looks in the Modern World.

The stylish chilly world of Alfred Hitchcock movies are the inspiration for this feature in

Modern Media. As someone who grew up watching Hitchcock movies, I never tire of this inspiration.  Classy ladies are never what they seem!

Model: Martyna Frankow

Photographer: Stockton Johnson

Retro Looks In The Modern World Hollywood Horror Bobbins and Bombshells
Retro Looks In The Modern World Hollywood Horror Bobbins and Bombshells
Retro Looks In The Modern World Hollywood Horror Bobbins and Bombshells
Retro Looks In The Modern World Hollywood Horror Bobbins and Bombshells
Retro Looks In The Modern World Hollywood Horror Bobbins and Bombshells
Retro Looks In The Modern World Hollywood Horror Bobbins and Bombshells

Retro Looks In The Modern World: Back To The Future

Retro Looks In The Modern World: Pink Motel Chic

As much as the modern fashion world looks forward it also continually looks back in time. Here we explore Retro Looks in the Modern World.

The 1950's Pink Motel is the setting for the Spring 2013 campaign for the Beyman Collection. This kind of setting never gets old for me and I love that car!

Model: Michelle Buswell
Photographer: Koray Birand





via: fashiongonerogue.com

Retro Looks In The Modern World: Louis Vuitton Goes Mod

As much as the modern fashion world looks forward it also continually looks back in time. Here we explore Retro Looks in the Modern World.



Mod checks are in store at Louis Vuitton this Spring! Here is the Spring 2013 ad campaign in it's op art glory. 

Photographer: Steven Meisel

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Retro Looks In The Modern World: Lady Sings The Blues

As much as the modern fashion world looks forward it also continually looks back in time. Here we explore Retro Looks in the Modern World.


I absolutely LOVE DSquared2's Pre-Fall 2013 collection. I want all of these very wearable and relatable looks. Inspired from menswear from the Harlem Renaissance it is near perfection! Bravo!

Model: Jasmine Tookes








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Bombshells: Angelica Huston

Angelica Huston is a beautiful actress. In her modeling days in the 1970's she became a favorite of photographers such as Bob Richardson (whom she had a relationship with) and Richard Avedon. She was also a muse to designer Halston. Her 70's style has long been an inspiration. Here are some shots from her modeling career. 

 On the right. Love that outfit! 

Retro Looks In The Modern World: All The Riches a Girl Can Have

As much as the modern fashion world looks forward it also continually looks back in time. Here we explore Retro Looks in the Modern World.


Marie Antoinette is the inspiration for this editorial in October's Vogue Japan showing luxe gowns and cakes. And why not! 

Model: Ymre Stiekema
Photographer: Giampaolo Sgura







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Retro Looks In The Modern World: Mad Mode

As much as the modern fashion world looks forward it also continually looks back in time. Here we explore Retro Looks in the Modern World.

I love the 1960's suburban "Mad Men" styling of this editorial from Cosmo France- May 2011. Love the clothes, the accessories and the retro furnishings! 

Photographer: Thomas Vassort







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Retro Looks In The Modern World: Charlize as Marilyn

As much as the modern fashion world looks forward it also continually looks back in time. Here we explore Retro Looks in the Modern World.

Charlize Theron looks absolutely stunning acting it up as Marilyn Monroe in Madame Figaro, 1993. 

Just gorgeous! 







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Retro Looks In The Modern World: Speechless

As much as the modern fashion world looks forward it also continually looks back in time. Here we explore Retro Looks in the Modern World.


This week we go back to the 1920's silent film era with a knock off of the modern retro film The Artist

This is the Fall/Winter 2012 lookbook for Americana Manhasset featuring Karlie Kloss. I love the coat in the third one down. The 20's are going to be big this fall!! 






Retro Looks In The Modern World: Moving Picture

As much as the modern fashion world looks forward it also continually looks back in time. Here we explore Retro Looks in the Modern World.

Inspired by movie stills this editorial from The Block S/S 2012 gives us wonderful 1960s looks and retro hair! 

Model: Kate Wagoner
Photographer: Victor Demarchelier





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Retro Looks In The Modern World: Vogue Italia



As much as the modern fashion world looks forward it also continually looks back in time. Here we explore Retro Looks in the Modern World.


In the May 2012 issue of Vogue Italia, Summer looks are inspired from a mixture of past eras. 1920's Flapper, and Classic Era looks are mixed with 1970's cars and floppy hats. A Summer ode to the 20th Century.

Models: Karlina Caune and Monika Sawicka
Photographer: KT Auleta






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