Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Guess what i found?

And don't they look jolly? The teenager, or is she a small woman? (on the right) is sporting a useful shirt in a gay fabric used as a beach coat. I was pretty happy to pick this up for 50 cents (it's maintained it's value for over 45 years!) at a nearby jumble sale last weekend.
Apparently Enid Gilchrist was an Australian fashion designer who became well-known for her numerous self-drafting pattern books which were popular in the 1950s to 1970s.

After studying dress design at Melbourne Technical College, during World War II she worked as a dressmaker for a pattern firm. She then made her own patterns, and later joined New Idea magazine, where she published sewing books showing clothes which people could make up from the pattern drafts.

Here's one I'd love to draft up:

Oh for the days where one could wile away the day time hours drafting up ones' wardrobe!... Miss R was also very interested in this one. Enid was obviously very 'modern' in her thinking...
The intro reads: "Nothing could be simpler to make than this little nightgown, but if you invest in some really exquisite lace motifs, it could be the most glamourous piece in your trousseau."
Hhmm, I will try and aim to work on my trousseau early Spring!


Betty Jo said...

Can't say I know many jolly teenage girls at the moment.Bring back jolly.....please.
Good luck at Stitches and Craft!

katiecrackernuts said...

Don's wife on MadMen had a nightdress just like it.

angela said...

Oh Golly Jolly, those patterns do look cute!!

How exciting for you heading to Japan!! Yay!! Hopefully I will have my PDF map of places to visit up on my blog before you leave.

If I haven't please feel free to email me to ask for those tips before you leave!!

Cath from chunkychooky said...

made me laugh out loud!!

Dick and Dora said...

What? You don't have a trousseau? Thanks for your comment over at mine, I thought the ticking was the sound of my pacemaker about to explode.

redbabette said...

Aah...Enid Gilchrist!! My mother has a few of her magazines and I have had many items made for me over the years from them. My favourite will always be the school tunic from Girl's Gear.

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