Sassy Lassy wants me to answer these eight questions. At least they are not the eight she answered on HER blog.
1) What outfit from a movie would you love to re-create?
Not a movie, but Mimi's Wedding Dress from the Drew Carey Show.
2) Tell us about your sewing spot/room. What is your favorite thing about it?
I don't have a current sewing spot. I haven't sewed much in the past 15 years.
3) Where did you learn to sew? Who taught you?
At home. My mother.
4) If you could have dinner with one person from the past, who would it be?
My Aunt Bobbie Jean. She died too young and I didn't get to know her.
5) What/Who inspires you?
Reading Old House Journal, Victorian Homes, Old House Interiors.
6) What will always make you laugh?
Stupid cat tricks.
7) What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
8) What is something you would like us to know about you that you have never shared on your blog?
I have power tools and know how to use them.
Friday, June 25, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Sunday, June 20, 2010
I want to give a plug to Wikimedia Commons, the place I found the booklet on Warren Featherbone Company. Here is the Category: Corsets. You will find links to lots of information about different styles of corsets, manufacturers, ads, etc. Follow the links to Books about corsets and see catalogs and booklets. Just ignore all the bondage pictures at the bottom (unless that's your thing) and enjoy learning about making and wearing Victorian and Edwardian corsets. They really do make your vintage clothing look better and even make you walk differently while wearing them. I always check movies and tv shows that purport to be in a certain time period to see if they are wearing the correct undergarments. They are getting better--no more pointy bras like in the 1950's! There is a good scene of a woman getting dressed in 1953's House of Wax with Vincent Price.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
The illustrations were signed "Betty Betz", so, being me, I looked her up on Google. It seems she was a socialite illustrator and writer of teenage advice books and a cartoonist. She had the first advice column for teenagers. She also was one of the first female celebrities to have a tv show. She designed clothes for teens. She had a pretty remarkable career. I found her obituary in the Palm Beach Post and the Palm Beach Daily News. She died at age 90 on 17 April 2010 in Bermuda.
There are a lot of products with her illustrations on them, and this woman features some of them in her museum and website.
Now, back to the former owner of the scrapbook. Here is her picture:
So it looks like her book made it's way to Grand Rapids via a relative or some one who bought it at an estate sale.I recently sold the scrapbook in my Etsy store, but kept the graduation announcement and picture. Catherine, if you're out there, let me know if you want your picture back!