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Designer Fashion For Aviation

Take a walk through the history of aviation and fashion at the SFO Museum’s “Fashion in Flight” exhibit that runs through January 8th, 2017. The show is located in the International Terminal and features 70 women’s uniforms from 1930 to present day, with designs from Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Ralph Lauren, Emilio Pucci and more. The world’s first female flight attendant was hired in San Francisco, so it seemed logical that the show be displayed at SFO.

Check out some similar patterns which are available on the third floor of our brick-and-mortar store. Visit us at 146 Geary Street, just off Union Square in San Francisco, or call our notions department to order them.

 

The Pan Am uniform created by Don Loper was an homage to the shape of a jet. It is a more angular cut than the uniforms of earlier years. Burda 6775 resembles the Pan Am uniform from 1959 and is available in our notions department.

Pan Am 1959 looks like Burda 67751959: Pan Am (Don Loper)

The 1969 Air France winter wool uniform was one of the last designs created by Cristobal Balenciaga before closing his fashion house. The designer fitted each individual flight attendant to ensure proper fitting. It was as if the uniforms were created for a runway premiere. Burda 6669 resembles this uniform and is available in our notions department. The only difference is the pockets on the uniform design.

Air France 1969 looks like Burda 66691969: Air France (Cristobal Balenciaga)

The 1968 United Airlines uniform by designer Jean Louis was created from double knit wool and came in two different colors. He used the double knit wool to create a tighter fitting uniform than previous ones.

United Airlines 1968 looks like Burda 66421968: United Airlines (Jean Louis)

The brightly colored outlandish 1965-6 “Supersonic Derby Outfit” was worn by the flight attendants on Braniff International Airways, with bright green calfskin boots. Most memorable were the Space Bubble helmets that were worn as passengers boarded flights. This uniform, known as the “non-uniform uniform” is similar to Burda 7114, pictured below.

Space Bubble Helmet

Braniff 1966 looks like Burda 71141965-6: Braniff International Airways (Emilio Pucci)

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Welcoming Polka Dot Rayon Dress

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Britex Guest Blogger Laura Mae of Lilacs & Lace welcomed another polka dotted dress to her wardrobe. She chose a beautiful and very popular rayon from our online store for this design. Fortunately, she ordered the fabric in time, because it’s all gone now! Click here to read more »

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Tips: Vintage Pattern Primer

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Hello fellow sewing enthusiasts! I’m Laura Mae from Lilacs & Lace. It will probably come as no surprise that I am a huge fan of vintage patterns.  I adore reproductions, which are generally a little more forgiving because of the added markings and updated instructions, free of damage and strange smells.  But there is something wonderful about working with a vintage pattern that is decades old.  Some have written notes or postmarks, and even contain newspaper clippings, or facing pieces cut from newsprint.  I love to imagine what the original purchaser had in mind when she picked out her pattern!

I chose a beautiful lightweight navy wool for this mail order pattern from the late 1940s.  A classic fabric for a classic silhouette!

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 If the idea of working with a vintage pattern intimidates you, here are a few hints. Click here to read more »

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Silk Organza – The Perfect Addition to Any Sewing Room

Hello everyone!  I am back with a new vintage dress and an underlining tutorial. Along with this yummy fuchsia chenille, I received a length of silk organza for this project.

Silk organza really is a miracle fabric, in my opinion.  It is crisp, lightweight, and can perform so many different functions.  First off, it makes truly beautiful garments, especially when embroidered.  At the other end of the spectrum, it can make an excellent press cloth.  Tear it into strips, and it can help to stabilize a zipper opening.  I even substitute organza for fusible interfacing on facings.  I could go on and on, but perhaps I should get back on point!

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Day of the Dead Apron

This apron created in Day of the Dead cotton by Mary has heart-shaped pockets, and hand-made contrasting bias tape trim. It will keep you splatter-free as you cook pigs in a blanket and baked Alaska for your next shindig! Hum along to “A Taste of Honey” by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass while doing the samba in your groovy apron! Cotton fabric can be found on the 2nd floor (please call ahead to verify specific fabrics).
apron by Mary

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