Friday, June 02, 2017

Leisure Days

On the Shores of Bognor Regis, Portrait Group of the Harford Couple and Their Children, 1887

By: Alexander Rossi 

Hello dear Ladies,
We are coming to the end of cold weather and getting busier outside.  At the end of June we are planning a trip to the coast with a cousin. As I was looking on Allposters for beach paintings I found this painting by Alexander Rossi, who also painted this afternoon Tea Scene:

In the 1960's when I lived in Australia, there were some girls who burned easily at the beach and wore pretty dresses with long sleeves, similar to this vintage pattern:

One girl made something similar in pink gingham check,  which she wore a broad-brimmed sun hat.

These are patterns from thr 1960's and early 1970's which we enjoyed using. I do not own any of these patterns anymore but and busy finding them again in Etsy stores:

We enjoyed using trims on these garments and rick-rack always went with gingham check---so pretty!

I do have this pattern. It was one of the patterns I first bought. I had to adjust it in a few places. The skirt was a strawberry print. In the early 70's the fabric stores had a wide range of strawberry prints on different backgrounds.


Unknown said...

I just love these! They are so "sweet" as compared to today's sausage jeans and hooded sweatshirts..(ugh)
Costs really shouldn't be an excuse because my daughter's and I try to dress as neat and pretty as possible and we do this on a VERY limited budget.
Goodwill and making things from older garments. I am not a very good seamstress. I few minor stitches and tucks and we seem to make do.
God bless

ladypinktulip said...

I love the older style of long dresses. So pretty and practical too. Kelly T

amulbunny's random thoughts said...

Someone I know mentioned these ladies and their website. Their designs are quite similar to what you like and I thought you might like to check them out.

Huskerbabe said...

I loved seeing these pattern. I had several of them because my grandma sewed for me. She passed away two years ago and I got many of her old patterns. I need to look through them and see if I can find some of these. :)

anonymous said...

I still possess all my 1960's and 70's dress patterns, but don't fit them any longer. Would very much like to resize them so I may use them again.
Will post a link if I find.

anonymous said...

I found the link to making a sewing pattern larger or smaller.

Hope you may use this to resize your patterns.