Thursday, March 28, 2013
Maxine...Fashion Is What It's All About
My mother, Maxine, loved fashion and design. I have noticed that many people my age...whose mothers were or are part of what Tom Brokow named the Greatest Generation.... many of those women were great seamstresses, often making their own patterns. Three years ago my mother died at the age of 90. Part of my reason for having this blog is to carry on her stories. Here are a few pictures from a book of fashions that my mother drew when she was young.
These are kind of light, but you can get the idea. I am not sure if this is the wedding dress she had planned to make. She ordered a parachute from the U.S. Army with the intention of using the silk for the dress. When she got the parachute she found it was sewn in panels too small to make the pattern she wanted to make...and 'U.S. Army' was printed all over it.
If my father looks warm...it was 107 degrees the day they got married. They had to snuff out the candles because they were melting...looking more like canes.
Note the seamed stockings.
She signed her sketches 'Mack'
I am amazed at the talent she had creating suits, dresses, coats, and later made puppets, and dolls. One year she made Annie and Sandy dolls for my niece and nephew.
Maggie with Annie and Sandy.
I want to thank Stacey and Ruth for hosting the Slice of Life. It has been a positive experience and I am glad that I decided to take part in it.