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Isn't this the most elegant shirtdress you've ever set those gorgeous orbs upon? It's my favorite. Absolutely. And it is one of the many 1960s patterns The Blue Gardenia added to the site tonight. I also adore this Betty Jackson.... Continue reading
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So. If you are, well, old-fashioned, avert your eyes. Please. Because it was windy in Colorado and a little lingerie shows. A wee immodest bit of lace and chiffon. I'll just pretend I'm Carrie from Sex in the City. Have... Continue reading
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You guessed it. While I was in Colorado Springs, His Bertness was working his fingers to the bone adding fabulous vintage patterns to The Blue Gardenia. Isn't he a sweetie? Absolutely. A few of my favorites: Butterick 6788, the perfect... Continue reading
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Isn't this dress yummy? My mother made one for me years ago, and I wanted another. My sewing teacher said it was beyond my skills, so she made it for me. (Bless you, Leslie!) I wore it to a writer's... Continue reading
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New vintage patterns at The Blue Gardenia! Check the Forties, Fifies and Sixties to enjoy the fashion show. I'll tease you with one from each decade: Hollywood 648 offers a fun way to practice laying out striped fabrics. Love those... Continue reading
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She is feeling in a glamorous mood. Sweatpants just won't do for lounging around the house. She feels she's gotten sloppy. Heck, she knows she's gotten sloppy. Wearing yoga pants when she's not on her mat? No more. McCall 8111,... Continue reading
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Ahhhh. We have been busy little chicks at The Blue Gardenia. This weekend, we replenished patterns in almost every category. A few faves: Simplicity 1910, above. This, dear readers, is one of the sleekest 1930s coat styles I've seen. Love... Continue reading
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The skies are sunny, the wisteria is blooming and The Blue Gardenia has just added fabulous vintage patterns! Tons of thirties, many in multiple sizes and most still in factory folds. And three fantastic 1940s Vogue Couturiers. Can you resist... Continue reading
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I began unpacking a box of fabric that has sat untouched in my sewing/exercise room since we moved last year. (Yes, I am, as you know, a procrastinator. I'd definitely take the gold if that was an Olympic category.) My... Continue reading
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All fashionistas know who Betsey Johnson is, so I won't bore you with details you already know. Here are a few tidbits that may be new to you. Then again, maybe not. • Ms. Johnson was a cheerleader in high... Continue reading
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You are looking forward to the weekend. You are yearning for the sunny days the forecaster promised. Absolutely. Lemonade. Chicken salad. Laughter. Strolling around the course attempting to smack that little dimpled white ball. You don't really care if you... Continue reading
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I am happy to be back. So very. You might even say ecstatic. I've missed talking and sharing. I've missed having a working website. And I thank you for your patience, dear readers and clients. I do. And I am... Continue reading
So shop, shop, shop, and make me feel loved! If I don't feel loved, I'll use another exclamation point and I know you don't want that. And be sure to bookmark my new blog address when you get to the... Continue reading
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I wouldn’t trade my fabulous Pantone Bone China cup in Emerald for many of the Oscar gowns this year. They were that dull. Stars, buy a vintage pattern and find a good dressmaker. OK? Really. Get with the style program.... Continue reading
Scurry on over to the new blog to see it. And update our blog address, please. You want us to be happy, right? Of course you do. I'll be closing the Typepad blog any day now. So. Do follow me... Continue reading
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And be sure to bookmark our new blog address. Click here, hit The Blog button at the top of the page and voila! Continue reading
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It reached 70 degrees today. 70! You didn't even have to grab a sweater when you went out for your coffee date. Such blissful weather has you thinking of spring. And McCall's 4912, copyright 1959, is just the look your... Continue reading
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The blue knit Butterick is complete. The picture is fuzzy: His Bertness snapped it with my iPhone and he tends to get far away to take pictures, which means I must crop for any details at all to show. It's... Continue reading
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And here are just a few of them to whet your appetite: Vogue 6430 is just the sort of style I don to slink around the swankienda. Marvelous, isn't it? I think the negligee would make a stunning evening coat,... Continue reading
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This Molyneux suit is one of my favorites. Ever. It is the very definition of hourglass. And it is glamorous yet simple. A few factoids about Molyneux: * He was born in London. * He opened his first salon in... Continue reading
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She wants a new dress for work. She's been making so many suits and cocktail dresses lately. But. There's that casual Friday thing at her new office. And that is something new. Something very different. For her, casual is yoga... Continue reading