Friday, June 4, 2010

35/365 Vintage sewing patterns

Vintage sewing patterns. Aren't these fantastic?

It's a bit like looking at the costume design for an episode of Mad Men, except these patterns are actually from the 1940s. House coats. Fancy aprons. Dresses. And mens' boxer shorts.

Mom is sorting through stacks of patterns like these and is selling them on eBay. I'm acting as her photographer, and these four were striking enough that I had to share them here!

Take a close look at the man the illustrator sketched on the mens' pattern. (You can click on the image to enlarge it further.) Remind you of someone? Clark Gable, perhaps? And also notice he's wearing loafers and has a cigarette in his hand.

So, if you've ever wondered what Clark Gable's boxers look like, they feature a wide, slimming waistband with a three-button closure.

Camera: Canon 40D, 1/60s, f/4 at ISO 640 in natural light by a window

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