Monday, July 15, 2019

Homemaker Support: Various Items







When you hear me say "Mary McFadden" please translate that to "Mary Quant". It was Mary Quant who invented the mini skirt. My apologies to  Mary McFadden.



Please leave comments!

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Homemaker Support: Adversity & The Happy Homemaker



Art: “The Tempest” by Waterhouse


Hello All,

The volume & picture is poor today; hope it is adequate at least for you to hear it.  

Today I talk of several topics so just hear it while you work.

Also I thought you might like this site which gives a 1950's housewife schedule:


With adversity comes a happy optimistic outlook, if you use it as a trigger. Hear this music & feel uplifted:




Lyrics:

Life is easy, when you're up on the mountain

And you've got peace of mind, like you've never known
But things change, when you're down in the valley
Don't lose faith, for your never alone
For the God on the mountain, is still God in the valley

When things go wrong, he'll make them right
And the God of the good times, is still God in the bad times
The God of the day, is still God in the night
We talk of faith way up on the mountain

But talk comes easy, when life's at its best
Now its down in the valleys, trials and temptations
That's where your faith is really put to the test
For the God on the mountain, is still God in the valley,

When things go wrong, he'll make them right
And the God of the good times, is still God in the bad times
The God of the day, is still God in the night
The God of the day, is still God in the night

Saturday, July 13, 2019

For the Lord's Day


Historical Photos from Pinterest

It was hard to find old photos of people inside the church services as most of the church photos were outside.

We have acapella music at church so I always like to hear the parts with the male & female voices. It is some of the purest music; it  plucks the  strings of the voice: Prepare to tear up a little as you hear this:




(Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.)

Lyrics

  1. 1. Come, ye disconsolate, where'er ye languish;
    Come to the mercy seat, fervently kneel.
    Here bring your wounded hearts; here tell your anguish.
    Earth has no sorrow that heav'n cannot heal.
  2. 2. Joy of the desolate, Light of the straying,
    Hope of the penitent, fadeless and pure!
    Here speaks the Comforter, tenderly saying,
    "Earth has no sorrow that heav'n cannot cure."
  3. 3. Here see the Bread of Life; see waters flowing
    Forth from the throne of God, pure from above.
    Come to the feast of love; come, ever knowing
    Earth has no sorrow but heav'n can remove.
I thought I would show some ladies church clothes too, which from pinterest:


Friday, July 12, 2019

Homemaker Support: A Cheerful Heart







Hello Ladies,

This video discusses ideas for the home, as well as the homemaker's attitude, particularly those who hear pessimistic remarks.

This speech is created to hear while you  are occupied with various chores at home.



Here is the music I referred to:



Here are more verses.  I highlighted the words I quoted:

  1. My Jesus, as Thou wilt! Oh, may Thy will be mine!
    Into Thy hand of love I would my all resign;
    Through sorrow, or through joy, conduct me as Thine own,
    And help me still to say, “My Lord, Thy will be done.”
  2. My Jesus, as Thou wilt! If needy here and poor,
    Give me Thy people’s bread, their portion rich and sure;
    The manna of Thy Word Let my soul feed upon;
    And if all else should fail, my Lord, Thy will be done.
  3. My Jesus, as Thou wilt! Though seen through many a tear,
    Let not my star of hope grow dim or disappear;
    Since Thou on earth hast wept, and sorrowed oft alone,
    If I must weep with Thee, my Lord, Thy will be done.
  4. My Jesus, as Thou wilt! All shall be well for me;
    Each changing future scene I gladly trust with Thee:
    Straight to my home above I travel calmly on,
    And sing, in life or death, “My Lord, Thy will be done.”





Wet Wild from Dollar Tree:



face primer with  Vit. E.  






Dark Pink Frost


Thursday, July 11, 2019

Homemaker Support: The First Lady of the Home!


Hello Ladies, after a 9 day absence, while I attempted to organize my notes and get smarter, (which I never accomplished) I am back with a talk about the home. This video is designed to keep you company while you do something at home.

In a few days I’ll be transferring to a different computer that has a functioning keyboard. If you thought the letter “ e” was the most used letter of the English language, try doing without the letter “n”. I get very creative looking for substitutes for words like “comments “ and word endings of “ing.”

I am using my phone right now but it is not as convenient to blog with.





The purple thing is a clay rose necklace that matches my dress,  made by one of my grandchildren and has a white stretch string.

This video has some ideas to hear while you work. Please leave a remark to share what all you did while it played.

Here are the products I used for my face today. For a moisturizer I used a Vit. E capsule mixed with a drop of Grapeseed oil.

I made a powder also, from rice flour & cocoa powder to give a soft coverage over it all. It sure had a nice scent but it made me hungry!


Wet & Wild  Rose Ivory

Megalast Violet 

Rosewater setspray

All a dollar each at Dollar Tree; slightly higher at Walmart or other stores.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Homemaker Support Video: Speak Royally Well




Today I talk about more figures of speech and the importance of uplifting conversation.









Lipstick: Wet & Wild (Dollar Tree) "Fuscia"

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Homemaker Support Video: Royal Speech at Home


Hello Ladies,

Today I relate aspects of speech at home; speech that helps you, raises you away from mediocrity.


Please leave a whole heap of remarks!!!

Vitamin E capsule contents mixed with coconut oil for my face today:

Here are the Dollar Tree purchases I’m wearing today
Wet & Wild Pink Ice frosted—has a light peach tone.

Wet &Wild Eyebrow brush/crayon: Ash Brown
Both items slightly more expensive in other stores.



Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Homemaker Support Video---Dress Royally at Home


Hello Ladies,
Today I am talking about dressing royally as homemakers and in a way, making it a refined and royal appointment at home, plus how it will affect your mood.




Somewhere in my talk I refer to a video a viewer forwarded me with a lady who doesn’t do stress cleaning and likes to work in a more graceful way . Here it is. Note her long skirt, too. She is ahead of me in her whole approach to house work and home making:

This lady does slower cleaning videos, she doesn't like the jumping around panic cleaning.

https://youtu.be/VkY0zQkp8hY
I also include art depicting women wearing the unique and elegant garment called a dress. I think being home affords much more freedom to dress in a lovely way without the peer pressure to conform to the prevailing culture of clothing.






Usually ladies ask for the type of lip gloss I use, so here it is:

Wet & Wild (from Dollar Tree, or slightly higher priced at WalMart & Safeway:
Lip Gloss: "Cherish" #557
Plum Powder Palette #344

Monday, June 24, 2019

Homemaker Support: Create A Guest House for Yourself

source: pinterest


Hello Ladies, half the computer keys  are out of order so I will just have to talk today!  Please leave some remarks!!

Painting: “Sunbeams “





Sunday, June 23, 2019

Homemaker Support - The Multiple Facets of the Home

Flower invitation Canvas Art - Peter Motz 


Hello Ladies

This video is designed to hear while you are doing something else so I hope you get something accomplished at home while listening. I talk about the many facets of home making  and the different roles you will have. Please leave a comment!





I am usually asked what  the lip gloss is:

It is Wet & Wild #544 sold at Dollar Tree, or slightly higher cost at Walmart, Safeway, Target.

I used Mary Kay light ivory coverage, a sample given by a reader.


Saturday, June 15, 2019

Royal Life At Home

Agapit Stevens Portrait of a Woman with Embroidery 19th century 

Hello Ladies,

Today I discuss royal life at home.  Please leave your remarks!




Cosmetics from Dollar Tree or Walmart



Ladies thank you for your prayers and your comments.

My keyboard no longer works. Try answering an email or making a post without the letters n, b, e and the space bar. Until I have time to go get a new pc, I will be posting videos.

The temporary natural  hair rinse you asked about, that washes out is by Natural Instincts.

Please leave a remark!!!!!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Support for Homemakers--Creating Well-Being at Home

Painting: Wind Blown by Daniel Ridgeway Knight 1839-1924

I give a different perspective on taking a walk in the weather.

Also, I introduce the concept of making your appearance (including clothing) "greater than your surroundings."

Who would want to see royalty if they dressed like they didn't care?

I mention the New Testament description  of Christians as "a royal priesthood."



Today I talk about  having a sense of well-being at home. I read something interesting from Alexis de Toqueville , a writer of history.



Please leave lots of comments tell me what you think!

Saturday, June 08, 2019

Homemaker Support: Using Isolation as an Advantage

Brittany Girl Fishing, by Daniel Ridgeway Knight

(You can't have a noisy group around you when you go fishing. You have to be a little isolated!)




Hello Ladies,

Today  I am addressing the subject of feeling isolated, when you are a homemaker.  It doesn't just happen to homemakers, of course, but it can be more keenly felt because you don't have group approval or any kind of support group.  Therefore, make a support system from the family by discovering life together and learning together.  I cover some of this in the video, plus a few other tips that might be helpful.

You can be helpful too, if you will leave a comment!!

Lydia

Friday, June 07, 2019

Homemaker Support: Keeping Encouraged


Painting by Daniel Ridgeway Knight





Hello Ladies,

Today's video is created to support homemakers. It is 27 minutes long, which is just right for loading the dishwasher, folding the clothes, cleaning a room, or ironing a shirt or two. If you have something to do that is repetitive and want to listen to something, this video might help you complete the job.

Thank you for all you who donate, pray and comment!

God Bless All of You.

Lydia



The lip gloss is Wet and Wild, called "Cherish". 

Fabric for dress: David Fabrics, all cotton, woven.



Thursday, June 06, 2019

Tea Sandwiches


Hello Ladies,

I got this picture early before the day began for me, as I was walking in the garden looking for that friendly rabbit that waits for me.  He/She watches me until I get too close and then hops away with its white tail showing---so cute!  And it always feels like such an honor when it sits there and waits for me to pass by. I feel like I'm in Eden.


Today there were a few ladies that come every week for Ladies Bible Study. At their request I provided carrot-chive sandwiches and chicken-basil sandwiches, so I would like to share the steps to making them


Did you know that your chive blossoms could be used in recipes? You might see those lovely chives go to seed and form a purple blossom, but the onion parts are no longer tender, so it is lovely to know how to use the blossoms.

 I first learned about chive-blossom butter spread in a very old Victorian magazine, and the recipe is contained in their book, "At Table With Victoria." 

 If you recall, that book was very, very expensive when it was being sold at the time, but now you can get it it for just a few dollars online, so to use a colloquialism, "I got me one" and really enjoy looking at all the recipes that came from the original Victoria magazines, the first 10 years.

Simply crumble a chive blossom into two tablespoons of softened butter and use as a spread for one side of your bread when making tea sandwiches, or use it on dinner rolls. It has a light onion flavor.


Now for the carrot-chive sandwich filling:

I grated one large carrot into a bowl and added chopped dried chives. You can get these at Dollar Tree and made in the US.  I keep them on hand for when my garden chives are going to seed. That is what the blossom is--going to seed. You can successfully plant those blossoms and increase your crop.


In my previous post I suggested mixing in a couple of tablespoons of whipped cream cheese spread, or mayonnaise, yogurt, or other kind of filling, but today I decided the buttered bread would suffice, and everyone agreed that both kinds of sandwiches tasted just fine without the spreads.

I mixed in a teaspoon of dried chives with the cup of shredded carrot.

Make sure the butter is soft. Do this by leaving it in a covered dish overnight. I use a special butter dish that is made for keeping butter soft.   This is a picture, above, of the dish, and it costs in the area of $6-8 but it is just a really good thing to have. The lid rolls back like a Victorian roll-top desk 😄 and it is available in other colors, too, including red, if you are so inclined.  It is important the butter that you spread on the bread is soft, so that it doesn't tear up the bread while you try and spread it out evenly.

This butter dish softens a refrigerated cube of butter in just under an hour, so you can put it in the dish while you grate the carrots and chop the cooked chicken.

The butter or cream cheese provides a waxy barrier on the bread so that the filling does not leak through and make the bread soggy.

The carrot chive filling on its own stuck just fine to the buttered bread. I used a soft, commercial bread that had the best ingredients in it. Of course, home made, thin-sliced bread is the best.

Filling doesn't look too exciting but the taste is great, I guarantee.

I added a teaspoon of dried basil to a cup of cooked chicken, and spread the mix on the buttered bread, just like the carrot-chive sandwiches. 

Make the display more colorful by adding sprigs of sage or rosemary from your garden. If you have no garden, you can grow these in pots on the porch, and if you have no way to do that, your local grocery store usually sells the herbs such as chives and basil, fresh in the produce section.

Both these sandwiches tasted just fine, if not better, without the mayo or cheese spread fillings, and worked out fine for those people on restricted diets.

The ladies agreed there was no need for the mayo or anything else. 

It is not necessary to add salt to the carrot or chicken filling because the butter is salted.


 It is looking good today at the Manse, and I'm able to reveal a few more areas that had been "hot spots" for a long time. I have a few more miles to go before I get the place in shape but I'm making good progress.  It is accomplished by determination and exercising mind-over-matter. 

My goal is to have more time to sew. I have three things cut out for myself, as well as other things for other people, and if I don't sit down every day at the machine and stitch something, I feel out of sorts. 

It will be fun to see where we end up on our next "hour-trip" road trip to find a back ground for a picture when I get the garment finished.

One think I like about getting the April Cornell dress catalog in the mail, is the models are shown in rooms of the house, such as porches, living rooms, dining room, attic, etc.  So interesting what we can find for photo studios.  It is often right there in your very own abode. When you get clothing catalogs, such as The Paragon, have a look at how the model is posed in a dress that goes with the natural background such as the ocean or a garden.  

When the girls clothing catalogs used to be mailed to me, I always enjoyed the props and backgrounds to the lovely clothes of companies such as Storybook Heirlooms (which I don't think exists anymore.)

The ladies in the church once had a fashion show and tea/lunch called "Spring in the Country."  One of the ladies of the church owned a clothing store, and she commissioned some of the teen girls to model the clothes during lunch, while carried matching props such as baskets, balloons, bags, hats and so forth.

The placemats  on the tea tables were made of paper cut in the shape of a farm house. 


In my next post I will try to include something we discussed in the Ladies Bible Class. I must tell you this is a very amiable, interesting and curious group of ladies who like to look up the meanings of words, often going to the Greek, and discussing the application to our lives today.  We often look up the history of the area and find out more about the customs of the times and how that related to the teachings. It feels a lot like homeschooling, as we sift through scripture for words to live by today.


Wednesday, June 05, 2019

I See the Tea is Here...



...Let us go and have some! 

painting: Tea Time by An He


Hello Ladies,

Thank you for your participation in the previous post discussion about dignified dress.

The comments are great food for thought, as I prepare to make yet another video on the subject.

I was thinking about tea time, and how ladies used to dress up for it.

And, also, did you know that in prominent tea rooms they will not even allow you inside if you are not appropriately dressed?  In many places you must wear skirts and hats! 
I remember when I had a tea room on this beautiful farm-with-a-view.  
The older women of the time, (about 25 years ago) dressed in such a lovely manner, and the clothes were still available, and if not, Goodwill provided the out of date styles that were so elegant.

However, the younger women, teen agers, wore atrocious clothing, and so immodest, we were happy they were seated at the table so that their extremely short skirts and shorts were never in full view.  I asked a mother how she coped with that. She answered, "With clothing, I found it isn't worth the fight."
I found out the father was not happy with the daughter's choice of clothing either, but they didn't want loud arguments in the home, as the daughter would put up an awful fight and act persecuted and demeaned.

People act so militant about immodesty. It is their "right" so they put it in your face and if you don't accept it, you will be attacked.  Eventually the most kind-hearted ones just erase the whole conflict from their minds and try not to notice.

What is sad, is that these funny outfits that make girls look poverty-stricken, are in the richest western countries in the world.
And in India, where many people are extremely poor, the women wear the most beautiful garments, some, with a total of 6 yards or more cloth wrapped around them. The colors are vivid and often have shiny metallic threads woven in it. 

What is a woman to do?

The first thing that you can really do that you have total control over, is to cover yourself appropriately. Without even an argument, you can do that, and your influence is greater than you know. Even if you live out in the country or take a trip to the sea, you can dress in a complementary way to the nature around you. And, you can feel good about yourself by doing it, and find yourself walking with a lighter step.

The older women need to be a good example, and rather than complain about the current way of dressing, improve themselves and their manner of dressing, so that they can be a better influence.

I thought we should take a rest from all the intensity of the discussion yesterday, to stop and have some tea. I saved a place for you with your own pot of tea, here:


Carrot-Chive Tea Sandwiches

Two large carrots, peeled and grated
Two or three tablespoons whipped cream cheese with chives (feel free to substitute if you need to, with mayonnaise) You can also use your own chives, about a tablespoon 
Loaf of sliced white bread (unbleached)
softened butter, about one cube

You may also use homemade bread, thinly sliced.

Butter both sides of bread, at least half the loaf. This keeps the filling from leaking into the bread and making it wet and soggy.   If you have left over filling, you can use more bread.
Mix the grated carrots with the cream cheese or mayonnaise 
Spread filling to the edges of the bread on one  piece and cover with the other piece of bread.

Cut into rectangles, triangles or fourths.
There is no need to remove the crusts, as the bread is very soft.


Chicken Basil Tea Sandwiches

Following the previous instructions, use fresh chopped basil or dried basil instead of chives, and mix cooked chopped chicken with the filling.

Spread on bread as in previous  instructions.

I will try to have some here to show you soon.





Sunday, June 02, 2019

Gentle Ladies, Please Consider This (Dressing With Dignity)





Hello Dear Ladies, both young and old. This is a message about dressing with dignity.

By the way, all posts here are part of my exercise of free speech.
Although they may not seem controversial politically,  there is an element of society that has a great knack for turning even the smallest things of life into a controversy, from birth to breathing.

And so it has become, with clothing.  When at one time, clothing was a matter of covering the body, now it is a matter of being "in style" so that women can "fit in."  Clothing is now such a trigger subject, you can't say anything about it. People get very militant over their right to immodest, undignified clothing. It is for this reason we should create our own individual style that works with home and farm living. 


A Reason to Cover Up

If you have grown accustomed to bare skin being exposed all around you by women of all ages, and bareness of the most inappropriate areas of the body, this post may challenge you to change the way you dress or the way you think about clothing.

One of the elementary purposes of clothing is to cover and protect the body, not only from the harsh elements but also to protect skin from injuries.

Protecting the Feet

 I have often reminded homemakers to avoid wearing flip flops or sandals in the workplace and instead opt for shoes or boots that cover toes, ankles and heels, protecting from spills in the kitchen or protection from getting hurt on furniture or other things.

Further down the page are some pictures of short boots that are soft, comfortable and protective of the feet in all seasons. 

The same principle applies to the rest of the body. You must protect yourself from insects, animals and a myriad of things you might not even think about.


If you want your skin to be injury free, avoid sunburn and windburns by covering yourself in clothing. 

Protecting Your Privacy

From personal property to internet, people are obsessed with privacy, and yet,  their mode of dress completely contradictory to obsession with privacy.

Perhaps if we put a "password" to clothing,  such as "weak", "medium" or "strong" in relation to the coverage and the amount of fabric; a "privacy rating",  people would be more on board about covering themselves better. 

Just as winter coats in the cold climates are sold with a "temperature rating" (above zero, below zero, 20 below, etc.), you need to view clothing with a privacy rating: exposed, partial, or  protected

Maybe a label would read: "Protection level: 1= no protection, 2=low to no privacy, 3= almost no privacy, 4= some privacy, 5= full privacy,  etc.  

 This is a kind of self discipline you can develop in determining how much privacy the clothing will afford you. Perhaps we could think of the movie ratings: Restricted, General, Parental Guidance, when it comes to how much flesh you want to reveal to the public, when choosing clothing.

In the last few years I felt for the young women, especially teens, who could not find anything adequate to wear, and had to wear layers of things in order to cover gaps in the clothing. One shirt would cover the belly but not the chest, so another shirt which revealed the tummy could be worn over that one, and then there were shirts worn over that to cover upper arms and shoulders. It was a dilemma requiring many separates, which are always less simple to organize in a closet or drawer compared to the time and proven one-piece garment called a dress.

That being said, the dress is by no means the answer just by being a dress, and often it will require separate pieces to go over it to cover different bare areas. These were also stretch knits, synthetics and tight clothing which add up to  possibly getting overheated. I don't think it was a healthy way of dressing.  Loose wovens moderate body heat better. A dress is one-piece and can, if designed properly, cover everything adequately.

Modesty

With clothing, protecting your privacy from other people's eyes, is also called modesty. Not every part of the body is open to the public. Clothing is supposed to cover the body areas that are private and not for everyone to see.



More on Footwear

I know some of you use the FlyLady housekeeping coach , and she recommends daily wearing lace-up shoes as opposed to slip-ons, so that you don't start being lazy and lounging about; the lace-up intended to make you feel put together and seriously at work.

 I do not recommend lace up shoes for the kitchen or anywhere you are working, especially for a busy person who is on her feet a lot at home.

Although it is thought that being able to slip shoes off and on easily inhibits your ability to take your job seriously, and also has the problem of being more relaxed, I object to the lace ups for other reasons, one being that laces do come loose and can be a safety problem. Today with velcro and zippers, we don't need laces.

Lace  up sports shoes are incredibly heavy for some feet and hard to walk in, plus not pretty! These zip boots are just perfect, and also slip-on, with no laces. You can also trip over straggly laces that come undone unawares.

Eventually I will post a
 picture of  my own "boot wardrobe" --all three pairs, and show you which ones I wear at home for good foot protection. 

Some good footwear I have found comfortable and non-fussy; durable for homemaking and looks great with long dresses and long skirts.

Now, for those of you who have tender ankles, easily injured, boots cover that area well, and protect from getting hurt. Many of us walk through the house and yard quickly and are more likely to get hurt, particularly in the country where I live. Also, there are some of us with less flesh on our ankles, and need some extra protection for the little bones on our scrawny feet ;-)

The  other thing to consider is that the lace-up sport shoes for women look no different than the men's Nike's or what ever brand it is. They aren't feminine or dignified, and women, no matter what their size or foot shape, should at least try to bring pretty back into their footwear and at least try to dress differently than the men, even with footwear.










These boots can be ordered online at WalMart.com and some are available in stores.

Dignity

Now let me bring up the topic from the title of this post---dressing with dignity.

Dignity is an old word that has many meanings, all pointing to being worthy of respect, not disgusting the onlooker, not bringing dishonor to yourself, not giving the impression of crudeness, low or base elements in people, or inviting attention to  things that will not bring a person to a higher code of living.

I have stated this all before, and some people began to shriek and cast dust in the air just like they did in the book of Acts after hearing the truth.  I must tell you, time is not on our side, when it comes to spreading the influence of dressing for respect. 

Please look up the word "dignity" and leave a comment about what it really is.

I feel that some of the conservative women  who broadcast on youtube or the news, although claiming to be conservative in opinion, do not dress with dignity. Their clothing reveals more bare areas of the skin than revealing the cloth, and if you measured it, covers less than half the body. While these women speak about family values, their mode of dress is far less conservative. Granted, they do wear dresses, and I will use that as an example of how the word "dress" can be misleading. 

Just Because it is a Dress Does Not Make it Appropriate

Just because it is a dress does not mean it is right for you.  Dresses can be too short, too tight, have too many holes and revealing cut-outs.  Recently,  prominent women have worn dresses too revealing for honorable occasions, even to visit the Queen of England. The dresses did not hide the women's privacy and the dresses gaped open in places where, the Queen, who is much shorter than her guests, was at eye-level with some of the most undignified clothing.  I'm not criticizing the person, mind you, but the designer of the dress wasn't using the principle of dignity.

On camera, the eye is drawn quickly to the barest parts of the body and that's the way it is  for you and me when we go out to the grocery store.  No one is going to look into your eyes and  detect your personality, because their eyes are going to be covering the barest parts of your body. That is one reason I emphasize your hair and face and the way clothing can bring the eye of the beholder up to your face. The face and the voice and the eyes---this is what you minister from. Your clothing is also a great influence, so make sure it is a good influence. The style, the coverage, the length, the color, print, type of fabric---all this has a bearing in how you feel about yourself, how dignified you are..


Read about the man that was "fully clothed and in his right mind" in Luke chapter 8.
See what you can analyze regarding the mind in relation to clothing.

Where to Find Dignified Clothing

The following is a list of online catalogs with fairly decent clothing. You can also request a catalog by mail, and after that you'll receive them seasonally or as the sales occur.  As you browse each site, click on "dresses" to see the selection.


I thought this April Cornell design was similar to the one I made the other day with the matching cotton coat. I'm making another floral dress like this with an aqua coat and a pink coat.   April Cornell has a big selection of dresses. 

April Cornell (site can be transferred for Canadian orders) 
Clothing is usually made of cotton or rayon and can be easily worn at home.
April Cornell

April Cornell is by far the most expensive in this lot of catalogs, as every dress is $100 or more, and sometimes on sale, only a few dollars below that. However they are the dresses most like the ones many young women wore in the 1980's. At that time, these type of dresses were worn by women of all ages, and youth didn't have their own category. However, these types of dresses were favored by the youth, as well as the aged. 




Vermont Country Store has a  "Lanz of Salzburg" collection, which was often featured in the original Victoria Magazines of the 1980s/90's. The one above, is Lanz.
Most of their clothing is cotton, woven or knit. I prefer longer sleeves.

I like the youthfulness of these dresses, which can be worn by women of all ages and sizes,. Some of the sleeves are too short for my liking but you know how I like sleeves, and if you need to raise the necklines, there are creative ways of doing that to store-bought dresses.

Below, a peasant style dress.  If you  have difficulty finding appropriate clothing, the peasant style or "tiered" skirt is a good purchase. I like the sleeve length.
You can wear this at home, and still feel confident wearing it to town for all your errands.


This is obviously formal but it might be good to have something like this. I like the sleeve length.  The Paragon also comes in the mail and is an interesting catalog. I get some of my sewing ideas from this catalog.
You may remember a sewing post I did which featured bold red roses with a gray/black background. I just noticed The Paragon sells something similar. And I thought it was my idea! I like the sleeve length.

 Below, another Paragon dressy-dress. Most of their garments are from natural woven fibres but some are synthetic, so be sure read the description carefully before ordering and get what you like.  
Would love to have a pattern like this! Sleeve length is nice but I prefer maxi hem length on the skirt, and that is why I sew. Where I live, ladies who want to lengthen the skirt on a dress, will just wear another skirt under it, as though it were a slip, making it longer, and it looks quite nice.

Suit is nice, long and slimming but needs a modesty piece in the front.
The Old Pueblo Traders catalog is a very old company. I remember it from the 50's, but it has great contemporary clothing, most of it modest. Although the dresses category seems to be very dressy or formal, they do sell denim and cotton skirts that are great for wearing at home.
This is a great dress for a homemaker. With an apron, it can be kept clean in the kitchen and doing housework, and to go out, just remove the apron and you are all dressed up. I would say the above dress is very modest, although I'd like more length in the sleeves. If you have skinny arms, this would look good on you.

As I said, these are probably too dressy for every day wear at home but this is a great style and very feminine for more formal occasions. It is always good to have one formal outfit on hand to prevent the panic of finding a dress at the last minute, for something more formal.  I don't care for the v-neck line combined with the shape of the jacket. If I had sewn this, the dress neckline would have been rounded or straight across, not conflicting with the shape of the jacket neckline. 

Blair Catalog

Blair has a collection of dresses this year but most of them are sleeveless. You could always wear a blouse underneath and turn it into what we call a jumper or over-dress. These three dresses are the only ones I could see that might be worn at home, and the sleeves don't look too tight.

It is always a good idea to look at some of the photographs and paintings of the past eras to see how women were dressed . Compare pictures of summer visitors on Coney Island and other places in the world, on the beaches, etc. to what they look like today, and get an idea of how ladies dressed with dignity.  Back in the 1960's people changed the meanings of words like "dignity" and "righteous", to mean something else. Once the language changed, the women's clothing designs took a similar path.

I must say, though, the men's clothing has remained more dignified, and that could be why women want to wear it, rather than the kinds of choices they have today in women's clothing.  But hopefully through posts like this, we can shine the light on dignified clothing for ladies that is available today. I find it interesting how the scripture, "With every temptation, God provides an escape," and we see that in every era, no matter how crazy the women's clothing designs are, there will be dignified styles available. It just requires looking a little harder. Even in the 1960's with the prominence of the mini-skirt, a company provided an alternative, called the maxi skirt.  

Since I sew my clothes most of the time, I don't have to agonize over the crazy bare styles for women, but I realize a lot of you are not able to sew, and that is why I looked up all these catalogs for you.

Painting by Charles Warren Mundy, 1945
Can you imagine walking on the beach in this dress today?  It seems to glorify the surroundings, doesn't it?  Some of the get-ups women wear to walk on the beach today just don't "go with" the lovely surroundings.

I have often said that if such paintings were sold as posters in all the shops, the women would be more influenced to dress in lovely clothing, even for the beach, and think of themselves, in a sense, as  part of a natural scene.

Generally people wear what they feel comfortable in, and if we can train ourselves to get used to something different, we will feel comfortable in that. That is one reason it is important to dress our children well, in dignified clothing. Later, the grown up will prefer that kind of clothing that covers and feels dignified.

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