Two beautiful hand-crocheted or knitted shawls for party-wear or any festive occasion. In neutral pastel shades with metallic yarn accents.
Items like this were especially popular in the years moving from the 1950’s to the 1960’s. Many women made these garments at home. Nothing dresses up a little black dress in such a feminine and beguiling way as a needlework accessory.
If you like doing handiwork, look for old pattern and instruction books from the ’50’s and ’60’s. Although many types of scarves and shawls are sold now, nothing compares to a handmade item in a soft, genuine wool yarn.
And, if you can find a true vintage shawl – go for it!
With this photo, I’ve shown most of my true vintage bed jacket collection. But, as always, you just never know . . . . . . . .
The one on the left is obviously the most unusual, and the oldest (probably 1940’s), but look at the gorgeous lace, ribbons and embroidery, the feminine styles, the soft and flattering blues of the 1950’s versions. And, even quilting, for a morning that’s colder. No wonder I love them and do a happy dance when I find another.
All of these were probably owned by women from middle-income families and were part of an average wardrobe – frequently used. Oh, the charm of it all . . . . . . . . . . . .
Imagine gliding around the house in these, wearing your newest peignoir and gown or a lovely hostess ensemble. At-home leisure wear became a significant part of many North American and European women’s wardrobes in the 1900’s. In the mid-century decades when movies gained popularity sophistication and glamour were very important to the average gal.
These are so much fun! Platform shoes have always been a favorite of mine (since they came out in a fashion revival for the 3rd or 4th time in history!) For me, nothing can beat 1940’s and early 1950’s footwear. And, to find a pair in excellent condition is always a dream come true.
Although these are a decade or two older than the hostess gowns I’ve found lately, their classic elegance would make them wearable with either of them. That’s the beauty of the best . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Sorry for the scheduling blip, but I’ve been on the move again and have now settled in for a lengthy investigation. Give me a few days, and the most recent field notes will start to appear in the postings.
I’m not sure what to expect in this new location – my quarry is always on the move, but I can rely on a system of contacts which have been established for up-to-date intelligence.