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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Camel Hair Nightmare

Snarrrf!!  Snarrrff!!  I'm very Saaaad. :(:(
      After finding this totally Awesome pattern of a retro coat like my mom used to have and looking for THREE days over the world (and my hometown) for suitable fabric to make it;  I Now see WHY my mom was so 'conversational' about her beloved 'camel hair' coat.  It was FABULOUS!!  And to make it over again in THIS day and time would run an easy $500.  SO.. I guess I'll just post the picture and admire it from afar for now.  (Read below pic for more)

The reproduction of this coat in my mind HAS to be perfect.  The feel and lay of it have to be just so-so and That requires making it out of Camel Hair.  (Yes.. it even said so on the back of the package!)  After a quick search on the internet, i found the price ranges from 'on sale' at $39.99 per yard to $129.99, and I'm afraid the former is only a medium weight for slacks, etc. and just wouldn't do.
     I'm familiar with what I want in this coat, because back in 1970 I had a shorter version in Red!  I Lo-o-o-oved that coat.  I'm sure I thrifted it somewhere, and had I known the future, I sure would have taken better care of it and kept it!  It was doomed to have the back ruined by an oil leak on a motorcycle who's 'sissy bar' left a clean stripe right down the middle!  So much for my 'biker chick' days.  (All 20 of them! :)
     So.. for now, I won't be happily slaving over my Slant-O-Matic with visions of myself twirling around in my new, warm, retro coat.  BUT... ??? hmmm... maaaaybe.. just maaaybe that awful old blanket fleece could work if I add some drapery weights to the hem?  *grin*  Well... it's worth a TRYyyyyy!
     Whee.. guess I'll be heading to the fabric store tomorrow after all!  (Vogue patterns are $3.99 tomorrow! lol)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Rocket Bra Chronicles

My recollection of bras in the 1950's and '60s was anything but heartfelt. Rocket Bras. That's what I've called them ever since the invention of foam and latex! I certainly didn't have to put up with the irritation of plain cotton bras with spirals of stitching in the cups to make your boobs look like a couple of dunce caps turned on their sides through a sweater! We have Victoria's Secret now, for God's sake! Spandex, stretch lace, stretch straps, comfort straps, spanx, and COLORS!! Right??? Right???!!

I remember as a small girl hearing my mother rave happily on about an occasional favorite item. Melmac, Kool cigarettes, shirtwaist dresses, and Maidenform Bras. She gave several impassioned diatribes on how' no other bra would fit her ample blessings and small rib cage' all at the same time, while offering 'the support she needed'. Yeah, I know.. she sounded just like one of those tv commercials for the thing!

Well... I have to tell you: Today I am reformed! In my vintage shopping excursions I was the cautious purchaser of a MaidenForm Long Line bra, circa ? 1966 ?. I picked it up as a fluke. You know.. I figured I'd just sell it on Ebay to some 'nut' that wanted to use it to.. well.. nevermind.

Since it was about my size I gave it a try on, and after the initial squirming and arranging, and all those hooks and eyes, I have to say it was quite comfortable. No - more than comfortable - it was... Secure! I suddenly felt my posture improve. I felt like I actually COULD wear one of those form fitting 1950's sheath dresses and not stoop over. It was positively Enlightening!! I felt... ?? DRESSED!

Maybe it's because I'm 'squishier' now. As middle age has set in I seem to be living in a body I'm not terribly familiar with. Or maybe, just maybe, we've all become so fooled with the latest inventions in clothing, that we don't realize what we're missing from our (supposedly) restrictive past. The Rocket Bra? It's an experience I'd like to put forth that all you ladies should try some day!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

And I thought it was Just Meeee...??

Went to Dallas for my birthday and headed for Arlington not too far from Cowboy Stadium for the neighborhood of Interlochan where residents are REQUIRED to decorate for Christmas. And THEN... I found ... THIS: (Gotta love it!!!!)

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Mid Century Xmas?

     In my recent mid century enthusiasm regarding Christmas I went a little crazy when I realized my college aged son's beanie babies were still in his (ex) room.  (Sorry if  you think it's sac-religious!  I think it's CUTE!)
      "...and the babe was wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger..."  ;)
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MCM Rehab Slideshow

My very first blog post Ever!  While I learn my way around, please enjoy the slideshow of my Mid Century Modern home rehab.  It's taken almost FOUR YEARS!
I'm really looking forward to posting and joining so many of the other bloggers with Mid Century sites. :)
Enjoy the show,

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