Jantzen Kharafleece Sweaters

Tuesday, August 31, 2010 0 comments
I've seen the term "Kharafleece" in many Jantzen ads and on the labels of lots of their sweaters. I've often wondered what the term meant. I finally got a clue when reading the ad above from 1954. In the 1950s, sweater companies would name their exclusive yarn blends as a marketing strategy. Garland had "Dreamspun", Nan Dorsey had "Fabulon", Darlene had "Melospun", etc, etc.

What is "Kharafleece"? It was Jantzen's exclusive blend of lambswool, Vicara, and nylon yarn that was mothproofed by Mitin. Here's an earlier post of mine about Mitin. Vicara was a fiber produced by the Virginia-Carolina Corporation. It was made from the extruded plant protein Zein, which comes from corn. Vicara was soft as cashmere, washable, and took dyes well. It had to be blended with other fibers, though, as it was not as durable. Vicara production was discontinued in 1958 due to the advent of better performing synthetic fibers. If you have a Kharafleece sweater by Jantzen, you can properly date it prior to 1959.

Ruffle tutorial

Monday, August 30, 2010 0 comments
While recently making a bazillion yards of ruffles I came across an easier new and improved way of making them. No more pulling threads to gather the fabric into ruffles....Easy-peasy ruffles! Easy-peasy-FAST ruffles!Firstly, start off with long strips of fabric. I've torn my fabric in long lengths at 2 inch intervals. I pulled off all the extra strings and rolled them up for easier use. I like the worn/shabby look so I left both ends frayed. I set my tension thread at the highest number which causes the bobbin thread to be super loose. Now... here is the trick. With your right hand, grab the thread as it comes right off the spool, your wanting to keep it taut as it gets pulled into the machine to sew. After only about an inch of sewing you'll see the fabric start to ruffle instantly. Keep ahold of the thread at a consistant "pull" while you sew the length of your fabric. No more pulling threads to gather the fabric into a ruffle, once you've stitched the fabric-- its turned into a ruffle! You could even backstitch at the beginning and end of each ruffle strip for added strength. I've attached rows of ruffles to a long piece of fabric...which I then stitched to a lovely white embroidered square that I have sitting on top of one of two matching coffee tables. (covered in plastic due to the 3 cats I have who sit and dirty up everything!) Here is the before....
Here is the after... isn't is so darn caute? Just gives it a nice finished look.Now, I've just got to make more ruffles to finish up the other matching white embroidered tablecloth for the other coffee table. Easy-peasy-ruffles...
I've linked to The Trendy Treehouse~


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Sophie Gimbel, Fashion Leader

Sophie Gimbel, 1959

Sophie Gimbel, also known as Sophie of Saks, was one of America's most influential designers in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. Born Sophie Haas in 1898 in Houston, TX, she moved to Atlanta, GA at age 4 after the death of her father. She attended Agnes Scott College there. At age 19, Sophie married Harry Rossbach and moved to Philadelphia. She had one son, Jay, and worked as a part-time costume designer for the theatre.

Sophie-gimbel ensemble, 1942

After divorcing Harry in 1926, Sophie moved to New York, where she was hired as a stylist by Adam Gimbel, president of Saks Fifth Avenue (she married Gimbel in 1931). In 1929, she was asked to take over the Salon Moderne, Saks' couture department. Prior to Sophie's taking over, the Salon had not been terribly successful. Within three years, however, Sophie had tripled the sales of the department. The Salon Moderne sold French couture from such designers as Chanel, Vionnet, and Schiaparelli alongside Sophie's own collections, which bore her name on the label, sophie-gimbel. In the 40s, the label was changed to Sophie of Saks.

Sophie Originals evening dress, 1949. Photo by Louise Dahl Wolfe.

Sophie also worked with Emmet Joyce to design the Saks Originals ready-to-wear collections. In the 1940s, Sophie Gimbel sold more clothes than any other American designer, with the possible exception of Hattie Carnegie, who was Sophie's main competitor. She paid little attention to trends, preferring instead simple and elegant garments which were produced in expensive fabrics.

Sophie Originals ready-to-wear dress, Fall 1961.

During WWII, Sophie became one of the world's most influential designers, as there was no couture coming out of Paris. After the war, she resumed buying Paris couture to copy in the Saks workrooms, but she found that her own designs were more popular. She then cut back on buying Paris fashions and concentrated on offering her own custom garments along with her ready-to-wear designs. Beginning in 1955, Sophie also designed custom wedding gowns.

Sophie Gimbel, at right, sits in the Salon with a customer, 1960.

Sophie's clothes were always feminine and classic, and were made in luxurious fabrics. She had a unique color sense, often using unusual colors, especially for her evening wear. Her designs often featured bows, a favorite adornment of hers.

Sophie of Saks beaded evening gown, 1963.

Sophie retired in 1969. She died on November 28, 1981. In 1942, she was quoted as saying, "You don't have to have lots of clothes in order to be chic. But you most certainly have to have the right clothes." Those words still ring true today, after nearly 70 years.

Please note: Biographical information about Sophie Gimbel is copyright of Couture Allure and may not be copied without permission.

Mixed Media Monday

Sunday, August 29, 2010 0 comments
This weeks challenge theme is: "cool it down" - in other words use cool colors in your creation.
I painted a picture of my 18 month old grandaughter. I am NOT a painter by any means, but I thought I would give it a try... I took the "paint by numbers" approach to painting this. I can't even believe I'm showing this.... cool colors though!!It has 3d elements to it... a textured tissue paper dress, textured paint for the flower stem & leaves and of course the silk flower.
Here is the photo I used for a reference~I also made some tags...
more my style!

New at Couture Allure - Vintage Designer Dresses

I added 20 new pieces at Couture Allure this week, including fabulous party dresses, designer coats and dresses and a few suits. Be sure to check out all the new things under the What's New tab at the website! Here are a few highlights:

Weekend Eye Candy - Lanvin-Castillo, 1952

Saturday, August 28, 2010 0 comments
Lanvin-Castillo evening gown from 1952. White satin is embroidered and beaded in pale blue and the pale blue tulle train floats behind.

Bolsa Delicatta com laço e franjas - VENDIDAS

Friday, August 27, 2010 0 comments

Bolsa Delicatta com laço e franjas

Linda bolsinha a tira-colo com alça longa (pode ser graduada) envolvida em corrente dourada

Estilo camurça, 17cm altura, 26cm de comprimento
cores disponíveis: camelo, preto

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Friday Charm School - How to Sit Like a Lady Part 1

Welcome to Friday Charm School! Today's lesson is part 1 of how to sit like a lady. We'll look at how to sit down and get up from a chair like a lady with feminine grace and ease.

1. Approach the chair holding your best posture. Turn so your back leg brushes against the chair seat.
2. Slide one foot back 2-3 inches under the chair seat.
3. Lower yourself into the seat keeping your head erect and your back straight. Most of your weight should be carried by the thigh of your back leg.
4. Ease down into the seat gracefully...don't flop.
5. For deeper seats or upholstered chairs where you can't slip your foot under, sit as above but on the edge of the seat. When seated, lift your weight slightly and slide back.

To rise from a sitting position, simply reverse the above steps. Lift yourself gracefully in one easy motion letting your back leg muscle do the work. Don't push up using the chair arms.

Practice makes perfect with this method of sitting down. Make your practice fun by lining up three chairs of varying heights. Put on some music and practice sitting in each chair in succession. Then do the same reversing the foot you slide back. Repeat until the motion becomes second nature.

Today, notice how you sit down and get up. Try the above rules. This method will probably feel alien and strange at first. Now move a chair in front of a mirror and compare how you look when sitting down normally and how you look sitting with the rules. Is there a difference? Which do you prefer?

Paperie Party

Thursday, August 26, 2010 0 comments
Paper,paper,paper...Don't ya just lurve paper? New paper, scrapbook paper, newspaper, old-old antique/vintage paper... I love paper! I am lucky when it comes to finding old books for around a buck (most pictured here are from the late 1800's early 1900's) You would think with all the folding, tearing, ripping and cutting that that wasn't the case..... paper in some cases even smells good. To me a musty old book smells divine! Lets face it.... paper, scissors and glue... and the world is yours! I've created a slideshow with some of the gazillion things I've created using paper and other things~

If your wanting to see more paperie party fun... grab a low calorie cupcake...and head on over to The French Cupboard.

That Touch of Mink

I love these ideas from 1949 for wearing just a touch of mink. At a time when most women wore stoles of the entire mink pelt, including the heads, feet, and tails, these fur scarves are a refreshing change of pace.

If you have a damaged fur coat or stole and don't know what to do with it, making a scarf like this can preserve at least some of the pelts. If you prefer not to wear real fur, there are lots of high quality faux fur fabrics on the market.

Even the narrowest length of fur can be tied in a jaunty bow at the neck. Fun!

Blusa devorê estampada - VENDIDA

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 0 comments
Blusa em devore estampada

Camiseta azul marinho em tecido devorê com estampa de coruja cinza e rosa, mangas raglã com babados sobrepostos
tecido levemente transparente (usar top ou sutiã liso de mesma cor)
50% poliester, 50% algodão

Tamanho P
Por apenas R$39,90


The Look of Evening Gowns - 1963

Today, exquisite evening gowns, all from the Fall of 1963. Enjoy!

Silver metallic brocade gown by Jr. Theme.

Malcolm Starr white satin gown with green beaded bodice.

Minuet cotton/silk blend ottoman gown with simple princess lines.

A young Candice Bergen wears a Minuet white silk/worsted alaskine
gown with button-back jacket.

H&H white silk satin evening cape.

Photos by Milton H. Greene

Camisa estampada longuete onça - VENDIDA

Tuesday, August 24, 2010 0 comments

Camisa longa estampada onça

Você pode mostrar toda a sua personalidade com essa linda camisa compridinha com estampa de oncinha, em chifon (não acompanha cinto)

fonte: blog Moda de Novela (http://blog.modadenovela.com.br/)

tamanho: único (p, m)
Medidas: busto 90cm, ombro 38cm, manga 58cm, comprimento 82cm

Por apenas R$69,00