1940s | 1950s | Burlesque / Pinup | Dating Patterns | Pattern Catalogs | Vintage Sewing

Modes Et Travaux

By on January 19, 2012

Today I was looking on ebay for random vintage loveliness and I came across a couple of Modes et Travaux magazines from the 1950’s. I already have several but I have a problem and just can’t seem to stop… which led to me seriously diminishing my paypal account, and writing a blog post to make myself feel less guilty. I mean, I’m doing it for the blog, right? It’s practically a public service… or so I’ll tell my husband if he asks.

I started the post over on A Few Threads Loose with just a few gems from my collection like these:

And then I just kept going. There’s a lot of frilly, fancy eye candy and you can see more here.

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1940s | Accessories | Dresses | Pattern Catalogs | Vintage Sewing

Modes et Travaux ~ December, 1949

By on December 9, 2011

Today for your eye candy super happy fun time I have pictures of the very best that  Modes et Travaux had to offer in fashion, sewing, and hand work in December of 1949.
I published this over on my blog A Few Threads Loose and thought you might all enjoy it. If you’re into this sort of thing, I post vintage fashion magazine tidbits there regularly.
I was elated to win this edition on ebay because the cover is a beautiful sketch of a creation by none other then Christian Dior.

A white evening gown by Dior with the illustration by Artist Pierre Mourgue.

Does it get any better? Does it? Nope. Ah this dress, the stuff of dreams. I immediately set out to find photographs of it, and I’m still not sure I have the same dress but here is a photo of a Dior gown from 1949:

Lillian Bassman, Fantasy on the dance floor, Barbara Mullen, dress by Christian Dior, Paris, 1949. photo courtesy Phillips de Pury & Company

There isn’t anything in the actual magazine about the design on the cover (what?!) so moving on we can see the lovely full-page advertisements that the magazine starts out with.

And then we are told what to wear for every winter occasion. I hate that I can’t just go out and buy these anymore. Was anyone else born in the completely wrong decade?




I hope you enjoyed these as much as I did.
Is there any one vintage fashion item that you wish you could just go out and buy at your local mall? For me, it would be lovely fur trimmed sweaters with beaded details.

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Pattern Catalogs

Lingerie leads to babies, and other pretty patterns.

By on April 1, 2011

I have been living in Norway for a year and a half now, with another 2 1/2 to go. The entire time we’ve been here I’ve been on the hunt for any trace of the seamstresses of 50 years ago. Allow me to explain. Sewing patterns never show up in thrift shops here. They all get thrown away. Sick, wrong, and horrible, I know. The only traces that anyone used to sew things for themselves is the occasional hand made dress popping up in a thrift shop from time to time.
I started to think for some reason that sewing things disappeared from Norway like the dinosaurs did in a mysteriously massive sewing cataclysm that wiped all traces of patterns out in one fell swoop. So I’ve been on a sort of pseudo-archeological hunt to track down the history of sewing in this mysterious land of the knitted sweater.

 Today I had my first breakthrough. A tiny, dusty and dim antique shop that had a small stash of sewing patterns, and tucked haphazardly underneath that stash, were some of the most gorgeous sewing pattern catalogs from the 1940’s I’ve ever seen. It’s all in Norwegian, of course, but that’s just a better incentive for me to pay more attention in my weekly Norwegian courses.
So for about $40 (dirt cheap by Norwegian standards) I bought it all up and raced home to carefully examine each page of my loot.

 I just wanted to share the great pictures of my amazing find with you all. There are a ton more pictures on my blog A Few Threads Loose.
Happy Sewing!

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