Monday, March 24, 2008

Vintage Pattern Dress & Bonnet

Mom just celebrated her 82nd birthday! For part of her present, I crocheted a vintage-looking dress & bonnet for one of her old dolls. I was hoping to bring back memories. My mom was raised in a large family during the depression & didn't get her first doll until she was 16! This is what lead her to be such a doll collector in her later years. She said it did remind her of the old days, which is what I was going for. The stitch pattern I borrowed from a 1940's pattern for a baby sweater (free on the internet). I have searched & searched to find the link, but it is now gone. The thread came from Camilla Valley Farm in Canada. It is mercerized cotton, probably meant for weaving, but was much more cost effective than what I was using. Here is the link: I used the 4/8 thickness. BTW: Yes, she desperately needs a slip--Do babies not wear them anymore?? I raised boys, but I do know my modest mother made us wear slips! I couldn't find one for this dress in time for Mama's birthday.
ADD NOTE: Here is the link for the bonnet, booties & sweater for the dress:
This is a FREE pattern from 1950. I altered it to make the dress & bonnet you see here. The pattern is very easy to follow (not all vintage patterns are) & fairly quick to make. 4/29/08

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Crochet in the Movies

Did you know that Bette Davis crocheted in many of her movies? Rent a copy of "The Letter "(a good classic flick) and watch a nervous Bette crochet away. Joan Crawford also crocheted, but was more known for her knitting. In her movie "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane", with Bette, she can be seen knitting for much of the movie.

• Joan Crawford and Davis had feuded for years and during the making of “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” Bette had a Coca-Cola machine installed on the set due to Joan Crawford’s affiliation with Pepsi. (Joan was the widow of Pepsi’s CEO.) Joan got her revenge by putting weights in her pockets when Davis had to drag Crawford across the floor during certain scenes.
• On her tombstone is written “She did it the hard way.”

•From a Christmas card Joan sent Betty in 1976:
“I am so at peace with the world, that I’m even having good thoughts about Bette Davis.”

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