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Mollie Parnis met Ann Sunshine and Naomi Wise

I was trying to learn more about this spectacular party dress that just didn’t fit me. Its waist is too teeny tiny.

gone dress Mollie Parnis purple

Mollie Parnis, American gem. Designed for First Ladies. Tons of silk.

Expensive from the time she started. And she never told her age.

Lots of her work endured. Oh wow!

This peach day dress.

This polka-dotted silk day dress.

This beaded cocktail dress.

One more day dress.

And the ladies who originally sold it, Ann Sunshine & Naomi Wise, incorporated in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, in 1954.

They sold all sorts of exclusive.

Navy lace cocktail dresses.

Green lace cocktail dress over purple.

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Zippers!

Tons of them. $1.50’s worth at a crazy northwest side Unique I’d never been to.

zipper bag $1.49

Ranges from 7 to 18 inches. All metal.

zippers unpacked

Mostly all functioning. Some reclaimed from other things.

zippers laid out

Grand total: 55 for about $.02 apiece.

I got new glasses! And then more new glasses

Finally got lenses put into these white beauties, just in time for Christmas.

white frames

I love them: the shape, the white, the detailed arms. Really, the teeny gems are my least favorite part, you know, for every day.

white frames

white frames arms

Still, I’ve been wearing them every day. They’re a nice break from the red ones that were my regulars.

Then Mister and I popped into the Antiquarian’s Delight while in Philadelphia to find something for my sister. Beelined for the Barbara Blau Collectibles’ booth – she’s been my hookup for vintage glasses for about 10 years now – and while he was deciding on earrings for my sister, I noticed a pair of black frames that weren’t there last summer.

black frames side

Thanks to Barbara’s nudge, I walked out with them too.

black frames

Peter, this had your name on it

I hope it fits you.

M 4503 hair

I was so excited to find it I couldn’t wait to go home to take a proper photo. Ripped the sucker out of the Unique Thrift Store bag and slapped it on the car seat next to me.

M 4503

The pockets and topstitching and back vent needed to be loved by someone like you. Or actually you.

The pants (or shorts) are slim, but not too slim.

M 4503

M 4503 back

It’s in the mail to you.

There was a present for me, too.

B 3221

B 3221 dress back

Carol Horn, you read my mind

vogue

Carol Horn, this dress is spectacular.

The bodice is low cut yet substantial. Princess seaming should harness all my assets.

Can you see the top front? The center piece is all skinny, the rest of the bosom comes from a separate little part that wraps around to the back. Topstitching will provide extra support. I cut the short version.

vogue close

I’ve had this red polyester with some sort of tulip print stamped on for ages, probably for as long as I’ve had the pattern. You know I got it on half price day, too, at the Markham thrift for more than two yards of 60″ wide stuff.

red polyester thrifted
I decided to cut it tulip side down after much indecision.
red polyester fabric texture

Couldn’t wait to give this a shot. It cut and sewed so beautifully.

red polyester dress layout

Zipper went right in, same for the facing. Only guess what? The damn thing fits everywhere but my bosom. And since it’s not a traditional princess fit – there’s that extra part that wraps around, I don’t even know how to fix it.

Lousy bosom’s wrecking all my fun anymore.

Lousy zippers

I’m stuck on zippers. Can’t sew them in right, want something more substantial than a hand pick.

So I can’t finish this guy. Look at that (Markham thrift) dress! POCKETS!

mccalls 4270 drawing

purple flower print fabric closeup

purple flower print layout

There’s the layout. See the piece on the left with the rounded top? That’s a POCKET.

purple flower print layout

Dresses are usually so useless when it comes to pockets. So I get super excited when they come with.

Until I get the right zipper foot, I have a front, a back and straps all ready to go. I even cut the front neckline a little squarer than the sweetheart it already has.

Zippers…

Must…find…blouse pattern…for…fabulous…silk

I bought ridiculous silk at the Vogue right before Christmas, two chunks of two yards each, from the $3 table. Bought one piece, realized folly, went back for a second.

silk magenta print

I haven’t found the right blouse pattern for it yet. Something super simple to show off the irregular pattern of the fabric. Something with a little cap sleeve. Something in as few pieces as possible.
Then I was thinking one of the pattern lady’s gems might work. Especially since it was one of her few that I could cut to my own size instead of just her usual 18. And lately, I only want to wear dolman sleeves, long to the wrist or short.

Simplicity 7264

Clearly I’m too chicken to experiment on the silk. And the one below is too complicated. Maybe lengthening one of the plain ones… Must find the time to make a muslin before the poor silk ends up lost in a stash.

Simplicity 7264 tops I like