Hedy Lamarr, illustrated by Lars Wallin. From the book Rita mönster.
Do you have projects that you have been mulling over for years, but never got around doing? I realized this morning that I have one, one that I had nearly forgotten about. I was looking for some ideas on how to draft a buttoned fly and decided to check out the first pattern making book that I ever bought. And there it was, my old dream project, on page 87. A sketch of the actress Hedy Lamarr wearing a zipped blouse with a gathered front, with the drafting instructions for the blouse on the opposite page.
For a moment I was transformed to my 17 year old self. The one that was very prone to escapism and wanted every day to have a certain magical feeling to it. Preferable in a beautiful non-modern setting . A desire similar, I suspect, to that of the posse of young : female : vintage : bloggers that have popped up recently (the latter is a local girl and shop owner whom I have interviewed and photographed for my day job).
I also remembered my long search for that perfect seafoam green rayon crepe to use for the blouse. Every time I entered a fabric store I would scan the selection and fondle the surfaces. But I always ended up empty handed, the perfect fabric never materialized. Perhaps I was also was a little bit intimidated by the project, as I was very new to pattern drafting at the time.
But now I don't feel so intimidated anymore and the style is still appealing to me. Also access to great fabrics has vastly improved since the 80's. Writing this I became curious to see if I could find the original photograph. And I did, in the Google/Life archive.