Thursday, 25 July 2013

'Super Sunmates'

e gads swim wear from the 1970s! Spending this perfect summer evening out on the veranda flipping through 3 decades of McCall's Needlework magazines.

And more uses for 'granny squares' the possibilities are endless.

1947 describes this knitted one piece "..for the modern mermaid"

an earlier issue possibly later 1930s...the copyright date is not in this magazine anywhere!
"...sea urchin.."

and "...a career as a beachcomber.."!!

now back to regular scheduled knitting....

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

June 28, 1949

An important date in history! The day my parents were married.
I have been involved with just a few things bridal this past spring...Rutherford House in Edmonton, presented A Vintage Bridal tea on May 23rd.
It was a `packed` house with a crowd of mothers, daughters, brides-to-be and a few `closet collectors`.  Bridal styles from the 1890s to the 1950s were represented donated by private collectors. A detailed history of bridal wear was given by designer Kelsey McIntyre of Serendipity Designs. Guests sampled decadent cakes from Style Cakes, the Art of Cake and Cakes by Candace and sipped on Rutherford’s teas.

But first ...the preparation....

The before...a very dirty net hoop
The after....using dish soap, I suds the bottom edge and other visible dirty spots, then rinsed until there was no more dirty water running off with a garden hose. The sunshine dried and brighten.
No. 2 son doesn't ask questions, he just helps pack the van!
Silk stockings and 2 crocheted purses with silk lining getting their sudsy soak!
Something borrowed something blue...a garter an blue nylon hankie from 1954 
Gorgeous long net veils from before 1940s...they are so hard to date.  Setting up an efficient way to steam iron them took some time.
A 1954 layered net dress getting steamed...note the time, we wanted to be there by 4:00pm

Above - a 1913 linen dress reveals her intricacies of construction and quality sewing techniques. It ironed wonderfully, the reason I like to iron...


Off to the show!

The perfect setting...the historic Rutherford House 

 Five Decades of Bridal Style!

  1913 linen dress from Ireland

An early teens white cotton 'lawn' dress, long crocheted gloves and silk stockings.
A 1928 beaded and lace silk dress with a silk and lace bed jacket.

 1942 satin dress with satin strap shoes that are stamped June 9, 1942 on the bottom!
 And a 1954 layered net wedding dress with a long sleeve bolero
 1950s accessories including a 3 piece set of quilted lingerie bags

Above, a variety of publications and paper products representing different decades.


My favorite cake...I want to order a smaller version for my 30th wedding anniversary!