“Some people can putter quite naturally, but others simply cannot,” explained butler Smythe to Cinderella man Smith in The Platinum Blonde (1931), with Jean Harlow, Loretta Young, and Robert Williams (unfamiliar to me, he’s acting up a storm just now).
Costume design: Edward Stevenson, who later designed for Lucille Ball when she was doing telly.
Direction by Frank Capra, so you know it’s gonna be good.
I’m puttering. Er… sewing on buttons and trouser hooks and wondering whether I should get into shortening them tonight, or wait.
Meanwhile, here’s a clip ~
Umm . . . one button still to go . . . . . the movie’s finished, so what to listen to? Missing a bit of Paul Hollywood for cooking inspiration. Ah, here’s his cheat’s puff pastry chicken & leek pie. Yummy!
Sorry, it’s not on YouTube, but Waitrose’s site here. Hope you enjoy that other judge!
Took a page or two from Diane Ericson’s YouTube video, and removed cuffs, then pinned in pleats on the yoke, just atop the sleeves.
Am still thinking about them, and trying on from time to time to see if anything else comes to thought. Meanwhile . . .
D’you ever make a list of very important stuff, file it, and forget about it for months?
Clearing out files last weekend, I found another.
Saw a book that looked fascinating, researched it a bit, and discovered my library had a copy. Whee!
After looking through it, I decided to put a clean, used copy on my Wish List.
Categories include Beginners, General Reference, Fabric & Textiles, Fitting, Home Pattern-making, Details & Embellishments, Menswear, Lingerie, Other Specialty Techniques
There’s another list just for beginners.
Just had to share ~ hope everyone enjoys!
A quick note to report Linda was correct in her comment,
“it looks like two different bodices – one straight and one bat-wing with sleeves incorporated in the bodice piece. Then you add a straight long sleeve onto the one. And a puffy sleeve end onto the bat-wing bodice.”
Turns out I wasn’t paying enough attention to those ickle fold lines on their drawing.
And now I have the pattern. 🙂
What I cannot for the life of me figure out is how those two ~ two ~ different sleeve silhouettes can come from what look to be same-shape pattern pieces.
Any guesses? My thanks to Laura at Lilacs & Lace for mentioning McCall’s latest 1930’s dresses on her blog – they’re stunners.
Discovering the Cheapside Hoard in London
That got me energized, and I was off & running… a-hem, researching. 😉
From a 3-minute definition of why a bespoke suite costs $$$$$, to a centuries’ old jewellery haul being re-discovered by today’s jewel experts, to iconic fashion and make-up explained by experts, to vintage Biba… all this, and more is available.
Dare you not to find something you fancy!