Featuring fashion sketches of the of the 1940s and 1950s

Thursday, November 19, 2015

A Walk in the Country

Fitted jacket is styled with notched collar.
Slim skirt is cut in four sections.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Friday, November 6, 2015

1956 Fall Coat

A sporting coat for autumn's crisp mornings.
Perfect for an early morning walk to the local coffee shop.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Nurse Doll Dress Collection

This is my dress collection for the Nurse Paper Doll.
Click this image to download dress collection.
(You can also download it as a coloring page.)

NOTE: It is important to download BEFORE printing to obtain the correct size.

Free Nurse Paper Doll from 

Paperdoll Review

Vintage 1950's Butterick pattern illustrations (9157, 9183, 8682) were my inspiration for this collection.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Sears Suits: Smartly simple, softly feminine

The 1947-1948 Fall and Winter Sears Catalog states...
Swallowtail Suit (Left) in a soft-draping virgin wool comes in the season’s smartest colors, is tailored with accent on quality. For fashion’s sake it wing spreads its collar, lengthens a rayon lined jacket to sleek tunic proportions. Novelty buttons sit in scallops on a femininely rounded hipline. Side-slit, gored skirt with a Talon zipper. Sizes 10 – 20
Kelly (bright) green, medium blue, grey $19.98

A Sears Special Value (Right)…the tunic suit in a tightly woven, domestic Shetland-type all wool is loved for its willowy waistline, wonderful way it curves out sleekly over a slender skirt. Rayon lined jacket goes to new longer length, has high-or-low collar, double close of buttons, slanty hip-flaps. Gored skirt closes sleekly with Talon zipper. Sizes 10 – 20
Kelly (bright) green, medium blue, grey $16.98
 I colored my drawings with my children's markers, and neither is colored as stated in the catalog.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Sports Coat – top favorite on the smartest campuses

Sports Coat ~ 1947/48 Sears Catalog

The Catalog states:
For campus, active sports, and big fashion success

Man-tailored in the smart new length, fully lined with good rayon. Slot pockets have flaps. Tan plaid with a thread of blue fabric is 80% new wool, 20% reprocessed wool $8.98
WOOL FLANNEL in plain colors same style as above.
Dark brown $8.98
Bright red $8.98

I did not realize that they uses reprocessed wool back then. Did you?

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Classic Coats for Football Games

Here we have two great coats for football games and leisure walks around town or in the country.

My drawing today was in inspired by my daily walks with my daughter. Around 6:30 each morning we usually take a three mile walk, stopping in at McDonalds for our morning coffee.

On the left, dolman sleeves give this comfortable 1956 woman's coat a soft silhouette. With its large patch pockets, flowing fullness, and simple tie closure this warm coat is an easy to wear casual.

Sporting a 1952 classic black and white checked plaid swing coat, the young girl on the right is ready for any activity that comes her way.

These coats are taken from two separate patterns: Butterick 3842 (left) Suggested Fabrics: Felt, Lining: Printed Cottons; Wool Jersey, Lightweight Tweed;
Simplicity 4191 (right) Suggested Fabric: Cotton, Ottoman, Wool, Fleece

Both patterns are available at today with Etsy seller: shellmakeyouflip

Girls Coat Pattern: (Uncut) $23.00 Bust 34 
Woman’s Coat Pattern $18.00 Bust 32