She used the machine smocking designs from this collection. If you don’t have an embroidery machine, you can use the guidelines in today’s tutorial to smock by hand if you know how, or there are mock-smocking directions in this pattern which, incidentally, will also provide you with a sloper to use for drafting your own version for whatever size doll you’d like
Let’s go to the beach and…nap? 😊 While I’m sure there are a lot of people who think that’s a fine idea, most children probably go to the beach to swim! So, were they swimming in these beach pajamas? Nope! Here’s the scoop:
By this time, swimsuits for actual swimming looked similar
to what we’d wear now, just with a bit more conservative of a cut, especially
at the leg openings – what we call “boy short” swimsuits today. Based on the old catalogs I’ve perused, they
were often made of wool, but a new fabric called “lastex” was beginning to
catch on. It was made from a
rubber/cotton or rubber/rayon yarn, and must have been so much more comfortable,
especially when wet!
Unlike today’s beaches and resorts, where people stroll
around in swimsuits all day or maybe just throw on a pair of shorts over them
to go to dinner, the 1930s were a bit more glamorous. The style icon Coco Chanel popularized beach
pajamas a decade earlier, when it was still a bit scandalous for women to be
seen in pants in public, and by the 1930s they were ubiquitous attire for
strolling the boardwalks and being seen in resorts.
As children, their mothers may have worried about tearing the lace on their petticoats climbing trees, but I imagine these little girls who experienced the freedom of running around to play in pants continued to influence fashion by choosing pants for casual/recreational wear as they grew up!
Can you believe this is already the last week of the sew-along? I’ve been feeling a bit of a disconnect with it this year because of the pix being scattered in random places, so it feels like there’s no way I could be seeing them all which is really the “funnest” 😉 part of the SSA for me. Keep posting your pix though and inspiring everyone else! Here are a couple to whet your appetite to check out the flickr and instagram pages:
There are some great ideas on the flickr page, like these dirndls (click to go to flickr and see who posted them!)
And this one I actually had to look twice, because at first
it wasn’t clear that it was the nightgown from week 2, cleverly styled as a
The tagging on Instagram might not be putting all the pix in
one spot for everyone to see…you actually have to tag me in the photo, not just
use a hashtag for it to show up on this page.
You can see which ones have shown up here:
OK, we’re 3 weeks in, are you keeping up? After last week’s dirndl and blouse, you might be ready for a quick and easy project – here it is! Living where we do, it’s pretty much a given that there will be a snow picture as part of the summer sew along, and here it is:
Apologies for not responding to comments/emails as well of the lack of explanation/etc. in this week’s post. It’s move-in week for my mom and we’ve been incredibly busy trying to put in new flooring and get things ready at her new place. Next week will be better 🙂