1950s fashion, Hollywood, sewing, sewing patterns, vintage clothing, vintage fashion

I’m Baaaaaack

Simplicity 1889. 1957.

We are back from our tour of the South. After nine days of being gone, it was good to get home. I call it a tour of the South, but really we just went to a condo on Pawley’s Island in South Carolina and parked it. With my husband’s mobility issues and COVID, we don’t go out much, but we were on the water and the weather was perfect, and that’s enough for me. We did get out to eat a couple of times in places with open seating areas, so it was nice to pretend that everything is normal for a while. But now we are home and it’s back to COVID reality again. Blah.

I did get out to my favorite antique store down there, which I always know is chock full of fun stuff, especially patterns. Got to turn it into a work trip, after all, so I went out most days at least browsing, plus picked up a great load of patterns from someone on Facebook Marketplace, so I came home with a couple hundred more patterns, including this lovely.

I thought at first this was sixties, but it’s actually 1957. You didn’t see as many cape patterns in the 50s as in the 60s and 70s. Of course there were plenty in the 20s and even thirties too, but the 50s had more capelets, and earlier in the era, so this one is interesting to me. We like to go to Scottish festivals in non-COVID times, so I’m really wanting to get a cloak a la Outlander style. Claire wears so many fantastic capes and cloaks in that show — I haven’t seen the latest season, so don’t ruin anything for me. Here’s one of my favorites:

Caitriona Balfe as Claire, in Outlander. Photo: Starz.

That yellow is just wonderful and puts her squarely in the center of the action, as Claire is always wont to be. The details in the costuming in this show are just amazing. But for the Simplicity pattern, I’d go with the pilgrim collar mid length one. I’ve always loved pilgrim collars. They just say luxury to me. I love red, of course, so red would be fine, as would a soft blue. Unless someone wants to make me a real full length hooded cloak a la Claire, which I’d of course be fine with too.

3 thoughts on “I’m Baaaaaack”

  1. I LOVE this pattern. I used to have a similar cloak in a deep royal/navy blue with a red silk lining. I LOVED it! Wore it until it wore out, then still wore it until one day I got a little too close to the fire…ach, jumping coals and ashes! At that point, it was relegated to the rag bag and became a few pillow cases and quilt blocks. Nothing wasted! I just found Season 1of Outlander at the library and started to watch it. Excellent costuming, I agree. I’m not really fond of all the nudity and sex in the show, though… don’t think its appropriate. So, I most likely will not continuing to watch it. Too risque for me.

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    1. The Outlander books are kind of racy, though the sex parts get less as time goes on. I can’t remember for certain — there is at least one big sex scene further on, but I think the show tones down a bit too. It’s worth fast forwarding through those parts just to see the absolutely amazing costuming. ESPECIALLY their 1700s take on Dior’s 1950s Bar suit. It’s really something to see.

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