Vintage 1940s plus-size sewing pattern catalogue

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A while back I found a very tattered old mid-1940s pattern catalogue at an antiques centre. What was unusual about it was that it featured outsize fashions, something you hardly ever see. I paid a bit too much for it considering the condition, but I balanced it out with a few bargains elsewhere! It’s a [...]

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Australian Home Journal 1953 vintage fashion gallery

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Time for a fashion parade! Here’s a collection of covers from the AHJ – all from 1953. Click on the covers to enlarge them. First, February. A full-skirted dress with a wrap-style bodice; a girl’s cap-sleeve frock; a sleeveless tennis dress. Next, March.Interesting foldover-sweetheart neckline dress with pleated detailing on the front; frock with gathered [...]

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Favourite handbag

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My current favourite handbag. It’s probably early mid1950s – early 1960s, and made of vinyl with lizard embossing, and brass fittings. Maker is Stylecraft Miami. It holds a lot more than most vintage bags and one of the inner pockets is just the right size for an iPhone. The bag is all black on the [...]

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