Friday, October 23, 2009

The Winter Holidays will be upon us before you know it

And it's not too early to start thinking about those pre Holiday craft projects. If Cross Stitch is your bag, then you really need to check out all of the great Back Issues of Cross Stitch Magazine we are listing at cemetarian

These 4 are just a sample of what you can find in the Needlecraft pages at cemetarian

A Day in the Life of a Mad Men Era Teen - Friday

Dear Diary, It's midnight and the one time Mama and Daddy let me stay out past my 10:00 curfew. After the Football game they let me go with Bobby and Linda and Billy to the Victory Dance and I'm glad our team won so I didn't waste dressing up in my new gingham dress with the big round collar. Bobby got mad when he found out I like the new Crystals song He's a Rebel
hehehe, if only he knew why I like that song so much.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

A Day in the Life of a Mad Men Era Teen - Thursday

Dear Diary, I forgot that we were having a Sock Hop in the Gym after school today. Thank goodness I was wearing my pleated dress and my loafers. And of course they played the new Marcie Blane song Bobby's Girl which Bobby asked me to dance to. He's so dreamy.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

A Day in the Life of a Mad Men Era Teen - Wednesday

Dear Diary, not much happened at school today just the same ole things. But I rushed home to get my homework done cause it's Weds night and Bobby just might come by to take me to get a Coke. I've got my hair brushed and it's not too bad, not quite as good as it was Monday. I sure wish Mama would let me wash it more than once a week. But she won't so I just do what I can with it and hope for the best. After I got my chores and homework done, I put on the pants, blouse and little cropped top that's part of the new outfit that Mama had made for me to start school in. This is about the only time I get to wear pants ......... hehehe.....if Bobby comes by he'll "catch me in my slacks" and Mama won't make me change clothes. She'll just let me go. Daddy will frown, but he'll get over it. I sure do like wearing pants instead of skirts and those icky stockings.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

A Day in the Life of a Mad Men Era Teen - Tuesday

Dear Diary, After school today was Horizon Club and we had fun. Since our group has moved up and become the Elders, we are trying to teach the younger Camp Fire Girls some of the things they have to look forward to at camp next summer. Linda and I swapped sweaters this afternoon. Her pink one goes better with my new grey and white dress with the dickey and my grey sweater looks better with that pretty pink shirtwaist her Mom made last spring.

Monday, October 19, 2009

A Day in the Life of a Mad Men Era Teen - Monday

Dear Diary, I'm really sleepy tonight. I rolled my hair again last night and didn't get a wink of sleep, cause these rollers kept pokin' me in the head. But my hair sure looked good this morning when met Bobby in the bus parking lot so he could walk me to my first class. I hope he noticed how shinny and curly it was. Mama had my dress made last week and Bobby said it brings out the blue in my eyes and I like the way it looks with my new black suede flats. If I could just wear it with socks and penny loafers instead, I'd be really happy. These garters and stockings are real hard to handle after PE. I never seem to get them back on just right. But Mama says, that's the price we girls pay for wanting to look pretty. But she doesn't have to climb 2 flights of stairs to get to class every hour. At least I've got Bobby to carry my books.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

A Day in the Life of a Mad Men Era Teen - Sunday

Dear Diary, Church was good this morning. Joyce and I sat on the back pew and watched all the boys down front. I wore my dress and matching coat with that cute little roller hat. It mashed my hair down but I managed to get it sprayed and fluffed before Joyce and I went skating. I wore my new pleated dress to the Skating rink because it's so easy to skate in and looks good with my skates. My pink pom poms contrast nicely with the grey of the dress since Mama had the collar made in pink. I sure wish Bobby skated, but he just doesn't like to go to the Rink. But I met the cutest guy and we skated all the couples skates. I really like Bobby Vinton's new song, Roses are Red but the really fun one is to click and clack to The Wanderer by Dion...........he's so dreamy..................

Saturday, October 17, 2009

A Day in the Life of a Mad Men Era Teen - Saturday

Dear Diary, I LOVE Saturdays! No school. I slept kinda late this morning and after breakfast I washed my hair and set it in rollers. I have the cutest pink ruffled net roller bonnet and the elastic is not all stretched out and it went perfect with the turquoise and lavender capri outfit that I wore to the movies this afternoon. Linda and I went downtown and shopped for nail polish and then went to see Dr No with Sean Connery...........SIGH....he is so dreamy. Then after the movie we stopped at the Dairy Queen and had a Butter Pecan Sundae and went to her house to get ready for our dates tonight. Bobby and I doubled with her and Billy, since Billy does have a car. We went to the drive in and saw The Music Man. It was so much fun and the music is still ringing in my ears. I wore my new blue dress with the shaped neckline and the full skirt. Mama had the one with the straight skirt made for her and said I could have one next year when I'm 15. She's not ready for me to give up the petticoats yet.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Put on Your Best Bib and Tucker!

For a week I've been handling this pattern. Scanning, writing, listing, etc.........and every time I look at View D, that phrase pops in my mind. The tucked bib, just screams "Put on your Best Bib and Tucker" I decided to look up Bib and Tucker and find out exactly what that means.

Of course all of us of a certain age, remember the phrase, we grew up with it and it translated to "Put on your Sunday Go to Meetin' clothes". But where did the phrase originate and what did it originally mean?

I found several references.

On The Phrase Finder , I found this definition:

This term originated not in any figurative sense, but literally - both bibs and tuckers were items of women's clothing from the 17th to late 19th centuries.

Early bibs were somewhat like modern day bibs, although they weren't specifically used to protect clothes from spilled food as they are now. Tuckers were lace pieces fitted over the bodice - sometimes called 'pinners' or 'modesty pieces'. These were known by the late 17th century and were described by Randle Holme in The Academy of Armory, or a Storehouse of Armory and Blazon, 1688:

"A Pinner or Tucker, is a narrow piece of Cloth - which compasseth the top of a Womans Gown about the Neck part."

Tuckers, as the name suggests, were originally tucked in. Pinners differed by being pinned rather than tucked. Pinner is clearly the precursor of pinafore - originally pin-a-fore, i.e. pinned on the front.

On World Wide Word I found this which says roughly the same thing:

A tucker was a bit of lace worn around the neck and top of the bodice by 17th-18th century women, presumably something that was tucked in; the bib was closely related to our modern term — a shirt-front or covering for the breast. The expression is first recorded from the middle of the eighteenth century, initially only for women and girls, as you might expect, but later on also to men, when the words had become a fixed phrase and disengaged from their real meanings. Before then, the common expression seems to have been best bib and band (band meaning collar), also commonly used for men as well as women, which continued after the new term had come into use, though it seems to have died out at the end of the eighteenth century. The word derives from the same source as the tucker of food, but is unconnected in meaning.

Now you know all about Bibs and Tuckers.

You can find this and many more fabulous blouse patterns at cemetarian

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Trick or Treat!

It's costume time.....and do we have a selection for you. All sizes, all types and all vintage eras.....Just search costume at

We have Sylvester and Tweety Bird, Colonial Dames, Clowns and Jesters, The Sound of Music, Devils, Santa Clause, Jeannie, Zorro, The Lone Ranger, Tonto, Silver, Scout and of course the normal assortment of bunnies, kitties and even a Robot or two.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Heads up, Granma!

This just in! A rather large lot of vintage infant and toddler patterns, all with smocking details. From the 50's with one beautiful infant dress from 1936. During the next few days, I will be listing these particular six patterns on cemetarian at eBay. But there are duplicates in various sizes that will be added to

These and other adorable childrens patterns from the 1930's thru 2004 are easy to find by searching these categories!


Girls 0-3
Girls 4-7
Girls 8-12

Friday, September 18, 2009

Fall is in the air....and it's time to think about keeping warm

And do we have the vintage coat and jackets patterns for you. From the 1940s through 2000. Swing, clutch, stroller coats and jackets. Dresses with coats and Dusters, Dresses with Jackets. Just about any kind of covering you would desire, including boleros and those wonderful 60's Capes.

Come on over to and shop til ya drop!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Bill Haley with Haley's Comet Crazy Man Crazy!

Tim Neely's Book lists this 45 as an Essex Blue Label #321 from 1953. But we have found a copy of this song on an Essex Orange Label #321 and it lists BILL HALEY With HALEY'S COMETS......not the usual Bill Haley and His Comets. Don't know if it is an earlier or a later version of this label. Flip side is Whatcha Gonna Do

You can find it right now on eBay!

Back in the 50s Again! From Suits to Peignoirs to Dresses

This week on cemetarian at eBay, it's Celebrate the 50's week.

Full length or Stroller length coat has wide shawl collar, turn back cuffs on raglan sleeves. Large patch pockets with flaps and double breasted buttons down front. Optional topstitching.

Fabulously fitted Rayon 2 Piece suit with a very nipped waist, velvet ribbon trim and rhinestone buttons on the pockets. Skirt is slim with no kick pleat.

Wedding Night Peignoir is constructed of Alencon lace and sheer nylon. Stunning, Sexy and Sheer!

Blue wool, Travel Suit has a Neiman Marcus label and is very tailored with a dart fitted waist and flared hem on the jacket. the slim skirt has a kick pleat in front and back for ease in boarding the train.

The perfect Little Black Dress of rayon crepe has a giant satin bow across the bust, satin piping on the pockets and trimming the princess seams.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Once again, I'm just Mad about Mad Men

It's September and Mad Men has started once again. And once again, I drool over the clothes and sit and remember the era.

The show has become so iconic that the term Mad Men is now a recognized keyword in searches. So I have added it to those era appropriate items over on cemetarian

All you have to do is enter Mad Men in any of the search boxes and it will bring up everything tagged for that era. I might have missed a few things especially patterns so just browse the 60's categories and you should find exactly waht you're looking for.

Here's a small sampling of some of the Mad Men items up for grabs right now. More to come.