Poufs, collars, swirling skirts and gowns to make from draperies August 6, 2012 01:04

Summer is almost over. Almost. And here at The Blue Gardenia, we long for autumn. We do. The coolness, the colors, the clothes.

And if you want to make some new frocks for fall — and who doesn't? — do scurry over to check out the patterns we just added. We've added ever so many — too many to show in this post. Really. But I'll show you just a few, to titillate you, to entice you into dropping by. Of course, these are some of my  favorites.  But you knew that, didn't you?

First up, the 1930s. Lots of additions in this decade. Hollywood 875 is my favorite. Terrific sleeves, graceful, drapey collar. And it features Ann Harding, who stars in When Ladies Meet with Myrna Loy. Just watched that yesterday. One I'm Not Really a Waitress Red thumbs up.

If you've got a fall gala, may I suggest Simplicity 3836? Lovely yet sexy, circa 1939 or 1940. Imagine the skirt swirling as you foxtrot. It even has a scarf, in case you're modest or the temperature in the ballroom dips.

You may think a bubble skirt is silly — I do — but the partial pouf of Vogue Special Design S-4362 makes quite a statement. A smart one. Indeed. This is a 1952 design. All eyes on you in envy and all that when you wear this number. Absolutely.

If you want a special dress for that pretty daughter, Hollywood 701, featuring Brenda Marshall, is so very Scarlett. Perfect for Christmas dinner. The long version, naturally. I know you dress for dinner. I do. (Not.) And if you want to make it from your draperies, your secret is safe with me. So very.

And isn't McCall 1469 exactly what you want to wear while making strawberry cupcakes? Adorable and ample enough to protect your beautiful self from the mess when you add the flour to the mixer. This one's from 1949. Love it. I do.

So. Shop, shop, shop. You'll find lots of new additions, all at the beginning of each category. Let those fingers walk to The Blue Gardenia, where the patterns are counted, the jewelry is sparkling, and domestic shipping is free. (We happily ship abroad, of course, although there is a fee, less than the postal service charges us. You may choose Global Priority or Global Express. We love them both. We do.) And we take American Express, Discover, Mastercard, Paypal and Visa. Isn't that fabulous? I think so. I do.