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This is a salesman's sample card of shoe buckles from the 1920's.  Very Art Deco style, some with enamel colors.  Hope you enjoy seeing them!


This is a 1930's gown and jacket made from a vintage pattern.  It was worn for a vintage party where guests dressed up.  The hat is made from a blue/green pheasant back (that my hunter husband shot).  Gloves made to match and shoes covered in ultra suede to match.  The jacket is lined and features red fox trim. 


Daaaarling, just goofing off on the red carpet as guests arrived.  Make-up was professionally done (overdone) to look the era like Joan Crawford.  Hair true to era with a "rat" of foam and hair rolled around it.  I had so many bobby pins I would have set off the alarms at the airport. Note curved empire waist and buckles at shoulders to hold up bodice.  The back piece came around the neck to hold up bodice.  It was fun to wear.


This is gown had an unusual pattern piece missing that was a challenge to draw.  The back has added boning for stability.  There is a short train.  Alternating satin and matching crepe. Note the belt at back with matching clasp to shoulder clasps.


Roaring 20's dress from 1925.  Note bell-like sleeve mid-way up arm.  There are 30 blue-gold gilded glass buttons diagonally across front and on bells.  In 1925 this was a size 20 pattern.  Pleated darker blue drop waist skirt.  100% wool, lined, colors true to era.  Also looks  nice without the belt!


This 1925 Kissel Car nicknamed the "Goldbug" is the same type of car that Amelia Earhart drove her mother in from San Francisco to Boston.  The dress and car are from the same year.  Kids followed Amelia down the street when she passed through small towns.  The steering wheel was wood and you had to make a lever go back and forth by hand to make the windshield wipers work!


The Caritrava Gown was designed as a tribute to the architecture of the Milwaukee Art Museum.  This two-piece gown features a convertible skirt that can have the train attached at the front or trailing at the back.  The bat-wing top is poncho-like when not tucked in and can also be worn as a swim cover-up (if made from suitable fabric). Ultra Suede laser cut gaunlets and decoration at center front accent the dress.  Low back has a flesh-colored net with beading. The Art Museum's wings can actually be raised and lowered so it is convertible too!


This 1913 Titanic Era Barbier drawing inspired the St. Moritz Ensemble pictured to right.  It is made of 100% wool, lamb suede, vintage buttons, Tibetan lamb and hand felted mohair and hand spun wool appliques.  The matching skirt is also lined and 100% wool.  It was so fun to draw from scratch, I even consulted the Bibliofile (Library) in Geneva Switzerland to learn more of the era of the outfit.  Ski town, St. Moritz was the place to see and be seen in 1913! 



These shoes were covered to match outfits.  In Paris the couture houses create shoes to compliment there ensembles, now we can too!



The Phoenix Wallflower Jacket is an example of "avant' garde" eclectic stuff that I do.  The fabric is actually made from $120/yd. fabric wall covering scraps from where I worked.  When I wore the coat to an outdoor casual work party people said that it looked familiar but didn't know why! It was featured in the company yearbook and sure made people smile.



Cecil, my sewing companion, helps with holding down patterns, unthreading the machine and pulling pins out of the cushion.  He sits on the ironing board as if it was a surf board.  Note the catnip carrot lower left. He is happy I sew for him too.