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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Pose Like a Water Baby

The year is 1959 and these shots are from Mademoiselle magazine. Aren't they fun how they capture the look of being in the water, but actually not? Which is your favorite?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Natural Bridges Beach Santa Cruz, Ca. Day Trip

This past weekend was absolutely gorgeous weather wise in Northern California. We decided to take a trek over to the shoreline and ended up at Natural Bridges, located in Santa Cruz Ca. It's such a beautiful spot.

There were lots of people out enjoying the day. Some in the water, some on the shoreline.

We took a nice long walk and along the way spotted some treasures...

Nature, never ceases to amaze me with her beauty.

Many many tide pools, each with their own natural habitats, no two alike.

The sea anemones were in full glory, little tiny ones to large open ones.

The natural rock forms also provided so resilient beauty, natures natural wrinkles of time...

And then there's the true natural beauty of my family.

natural Bridges is also home to a Monarch Resting area where the butterfly's come to call home for a while. It was so peaceful looking up into the trees to see many small wonders floating and fluttering amongst the leaves and branches.

One of my favorite days from the summer. I highly recommend a visit. Fresh air, family and fun, all for FREE too!

You can see more about the park here.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Vintage 1960s Jumbo Jet Crochet Hat Pattern - FREE

Good morning and happy cyber Monday folks! I'm so thankful for my readers, and today if you knit or crochet perhaps you'd like to make this sweater and matching hat. I think the hat is kind of adorable but I'm afraid I would catch any and every last little thing with those sleeves.

The pattern is from Modern Needlecraft 1967. You can click on the picture to enlarge the directions. And if you make one, I'd love to see a picture! The set is called Jumbo Jet Knit raglan pullover and crocheted hat. Made of Reynolds Monique, Plumage and Scotch Mist yarns.

And if you like to sew, knit, crochet or just have vintage reference material for your sewing room, you should visit our vintage pattern store Glamourstitch for more like this. We carry a large supply of vintage sewing patterns, fabrics, vogue books and magazines, early McCalls magazines, and knitting patterns.


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Polar Bear Swimmers - The Authentic Vintage Wool swimsuits are IN!

For those of you who participate in the annual Polar Bear Swim events on New Years Day, or there abouts, we've just launched a nice selection of vintage wool swimsuits for men and women.These always sell out fast when we have them, so visit early, and often. And don't forget to sign up for our newsletter while you're there.

Vintage late 20s early 30s UNISEX Black Wool Swimsuit M/L B 40 Vintage late 20s early 30s UNISEX Black Wool Swimsuit M/L B 40

Vintage late 20's early 30's black wool unisex swimsuit. Label reads: The "King" of Water Sports Pure Worsted trade mark N. Y. C. This would be a unisex swimsuit. There is a button at the left shoulder. Modesty panel with boy cut leg openings.

Vintage 30s Deep Ocean Blue JANTZEN Wool Swimsuit sz 40 Vintage 30s Deep Ocean Blue JANTZEN Wool Swimsuit sz 40

Vintage 30's deep ocean blue wool and lastex swimsuit by Jantzen, size 40. The bust line has small pleats underneath for a form fit. Textural wool with a modesty panel and boy cut leg openings.
Vintage 60s Vanity Fair Black Nylon Full Slip Vintage early 1930s MUNSINGWEAR Black Wool Swimsuit sz 44

Vintage 1930s Munsingwear Swimsuit Bathing Suit size 44. Swimsuit features a scoop neckline and armholes and a front and back overskirt with longer leg openings. Label reads: Munsingwear 100% Wool. It also has a patent date of Dec 1930.
VNOS Vintage 30s BRADLEY Black Wool Swimsuit sz 36 NOS Vintage 30s BRADLEY Black Wool Swimsuit sz 36

New old stock with store tags, vintage 1930s Bradley Swimsuit Bathing Suit size 36. Swimsuit features circular cut outs at the sides and a front and back overskirt with longer leg openings. Label reads: Bradley 100% Pure Wool.
Vintage 30s Black Wool Swimsuit M Vintage 30s Black Wool Swimsuit M

Vintage 1930s Swimsuit Bathing Suit. Swimsuit features circular cut outs at the sides and a front and back overskirt with longer leg openings. Single button closure at left shoulder. Label reads: Guaranteed 100% All Wool.

Vintage 40s Khaki Tan Textural Wool Swim Trunks Briefs Vintage 40s Khaki Tan Textural Wool Swim Trunks Briefs

Mens vintage wool swim trunks briefs. All wool khaki textured trunks have a green belt with a web design and a silver toned adjustable buckle. The front has a grey wool gusset panel that extends up to the waist.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

I actually love the top most picture, the rest are a little gruesome to me, but I wanted to share them with you as it is a holiday week. I'll share more with you tomorrow. Until then, hope you have fun planning your thanksgiving feast!

Friday, November 16, 2012

1920s Mermaids

This image is from an arcade card from the 1920's. Lovely little mermaids playing in the surf. Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Catalina - Super Figure Flattery with CONTROLastic!

Last week we shared a Catalina fabric called ElastAQ, today let me show you yet another elasticized fabric marketing term Catalina used in 1939 called 'CONTROLastic'. It pledges Multi-ply elasticity and figure control. The fabric is actually by Firestone, and the copy reads like this:

Eyes turn instinctively to the figure in a Catalina swimsuit...and stay there! The secret of Catalina's new figure magic is Firestone's CONTROLastic, it turns sags into curves and bulges into contours.

Controlastic - each tiny CONTROLastic strand of thin wrapped layers of rubber does a firmer figure molding job, and resists the weakening effect of sun, air and water.

Now what girl wouldn't want that? And to make matters more enticing Catalina was offering a style booklet featuring Hollywood stars and of Catalina swimsuits styled for them, and for you! The one featured in this ad is called "Priscilla Lane". As always you can click on the picture to enlarge.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Edwardian Fashions from McCalls Magazine circa 1911

Ever wondered what fashion looked like in 1911? Here you go, I've taken pictures of many of the pages from a supply of McCalls magazines published in 1911. But the real reason that these sparked my interest was the cover from august of 1911, check it!

I just adore this, she's wading in her pretty bathing costume, double breasted, wide sailor collar and tie to boot. And doesn't that look like the NRA eagle on her dickie? The signature on the painting looks like Edwin Thomas, but sadly I can not find any information on him. As always, you can click on the images to enlarge them.

There are also some playful illustration included in each one. Tons of fun advertisements and articles, directions for needlework etc. I've just recently put these up for sale as a group in my ETSY shop. You can see that listing here.