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Pregnant and Groovy

great expectations sewing for maternity dressingGreat Expectations
How to make 30 easy, fast, sexy, cheerful maternity outfits that let you feel like a woman as well as a mother-to-be
Adams and Madaras
1980

I have always thought that “cute” or “fashionable” maternity clothes was an oxymoron. This book proves my point. There was not a single design that even came close to a realistic choice for the average pregnant lady. Even if someone wanted to rock the earth mother hippie look, I doubt these designs would work. I won’t even try and guess how one would use a bathroom in under an hour with the example Dhoti pants. Maybe this could work as swim/beach cover ups rather than actual maternity clothes.

Mary

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GVB

Designs for Your Home

 

Gloria Vanderbilt Designs for Your Home
Vanderbilt
1977

This book screams 1977, from the cover to just about every project within. For example, you can make a telephone book cover, which is totally relevant and practical. There are all kinds of little crap crafts with oldie artwork you can stick on, and the artwork is even handily provided in pages of cut-outs (which were completely missing from the back of the copy I saw). If you’re a GVB fan (and let’s be honest, who isn’t?) you can even make a doll in her likeness. Check out the examples below!

Still rocking my GVB jeans, but letting go of all GVB decor,

Holly

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Retro Home Decorating

1001 Decorating ideas

1001 Decorating Ideas
Carter and Bernard, ed.
Consolidated Trimming Corp.
~1955

Looking for some decorating help? Look no further! There are so many ideas here (over a thousand!). Turn your home into a showplace!  My personal favorite is the pink and red master bedroom. I’m curious why there is a book on the floor. You would think they would pick up since someone was coming over to photograph the bedroom. Maybe it is there to distract from the ridiculous red wallpaper or all the ruffles.

Mary

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