Saturday, 30 June 2012

Brands Then and Now - Make-up

I have always found it quite fascinating how many brands there are still around today from the 20's and 30's,  how little many of them have changed and some you wouldn't have expected them to have already!
So I have decided to do a series of posts on the subject, Brands Then and Now divided into several categories.
I hope you enjoy these;

Cutex nail lacquer ad from 1936. Source

Innoxa ad. I love this brands liquid foundation, its lovely, light and comes in paler shades for porcelain skins =)      Source

Maybelline ad from 1930. Source

Max Factor. Source

1930s Cutex lipstick ad. Source

1930s Elizabeth Arden. Source

Innoxa face powder ad. Source

Maybelline mascara ad. Source

Revlon 1944. Source

Revlon lipstick and nail lacquer ad 1944. Source


Please note I do not own any of these pics and intend no copyright infringement merely to illustrate the topic, therefore I have added source links to each image. 

Monday, 18 June 2012

Hat Hat Hooray!

Another project down, many more to do!

I have now fully completed and lined this hat I made for Mum from black cotton velveteen to go with an original early 30s coat she has.

Here we go;

Bakelite pin detail.

So what do you all think?

I have also been altering a wool suit for winter Deco, so will post some pics of that soon!


Monday, 11 June 2012

Busy Bees

Winter Deco weekend is coming soon-ish so I have been busily working to get some new outfits together in time. When I get a breather I will post some pics of what I have been doing.

But for now I will leave you with Ruby Keeler in one of my favourite musical numbers, 42nd Street. A real Busby Berkeley gem. 


Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Lemon Honey Linen

Another project I am working through at the moment is to save my beloved late 30s/early 40s Lemon Honey linen suit jacket from destruction. The inner seams are unfinished (and Linen being the way it is), fraying very badly through out! I considered for a while the best method of fixing this problem that would do least damage to the integrity of the garment and came up with a solution. I would bias bind the inner seams by hand, therefore stopping the linen from fraying while not doing anything to the garment that couldn't easily or damagingly undone!
The reason for this to be a slow project is because to follow tight curves and reach into small spaces etc. I have opted to do this by hand.

 Applied flower detail, made from the same rayon fabric as the skirt.
 Back inside out.
 Example of bound and unbound seams.
Front inside out.

Wish me luck!

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Deco Doggy

Well, my Brother has finally made my 1930's style Scotty Dog brooch which I designed!
It is made from Perspex with hand enamelled details and is inspired by depression era doggies.

I plan to make these in various colours and have ideas for a range of other 1930s style brooches from wood and/or Perspex. 

Do you think there would be interest for such reproduction depression novelties? 

Let me know what you think!