Vintage Detail: Bows

As I make my way through the vaults of classic movies, every once in a while I notice a particular element or detail cropping up again and again across the board- fur, rhinestones, and bows for example. I thought it would be fun to pick a theme and follow it for a bit, then give … Continue reading

Have a Very Cheeky Valentine’s Day!

OK- you’ve got just a few days to go until Valentine’s Day and I’ve thought of a few ideas that could potentially be fun for you and/ or your special one, and could be done up very quickly. I’ll go through the ideas in order, breakfast through dessert; some of the ideas are more vintage than … Continue reading

Get What You See: My Favorite Wife

First things first- the mother of all accessories. I think I am going to explore this further in a separate how-to post. I have a book, Making Vintage Bags by Emma Brennan, that I will probably use as a starting point. I’ll try to gether my materials in the next week or two and see … Continue reading

My Favorite Wife, 1940

Worst Daydream Ever

“Oh, by the way, how was my funeral? … I wish I had been there.” My sister-in-law selected this movie for me, and requested that I put together a how-to post for the costumes. Now that I’m back to more regular posting, I’ll return to my normal format: one post for a review of the … Continue reading

Get What You See: The Lady From Shanghai

First up- the polka dot dress Rita wore for her carriage ride through the park. The important details are: short sleeves that are dolman-draped and caped in the back, sweetheart neckline, belt loop design detail at the true waist, and semi-full skirt. My initial thoughts on the sleeves are this: find a dress pattern that … Continue reading

The Lady From Shanghai, 1947

 It’s a bright, guilty world. I waited far too long to watch this- it’s the only other Rita Hayworth film I had in my instant queue and I kept getting distracted by other things. I must say, it is nothing what I expected- this is true film noir, and Rita has short, blond hair! Referring to … Continue reading

How to get what you see: Gilda

What an inspiration this movie was! There is a ton of ground to cover here since my original post had so many images. If you want the total look, you clearly need to start with the hair. I’m sorry to say I can’t help you there. I have hopelessly curly hair. If you want a Shirley … Continue reading

Gilda, 1946

“Pardon me, but your husband is showing.” I love, love, love this movie. I now have a major girl-crush on Rita Hayworth, and we just might binge on her movies here for the next little while. Did you know that Gilda is the movie showing in Shawshank Redemption when Dufresne requests his Rita Hayworth poster?  I can … Continue reading

How to get what you see: Blithe Spirit

Blithe Spirit (check out my previous post for a review of the movie and screen shots of the best ensembles) Things to look for: Asymmetrical necklines V-neck or wrap-tops Gathering in unusual places Very fitted silhouettes, especially at the true waist- look for lots of darts for fit and structure Full but lightweight sleeves Built-up … Continue reading

Blithe Spirit, 1945

“That is the remark of a pompous ass!” So, there’s this movie channel in my cable bundle that runs old movies all the time. I really only like to watch it because I like to watch the worst commercial ever made, for HotelPlanner.com, and as far as I know, this is the only channel that … Continue reading