Before Carole Lombard gained renown for her acting, she already was admired for her fashion sense and ability to make virtually anything she wore look good, such as this nightgown. And speaking of nightgowns, a Hollywood Pattern for one with Lombard's picture on the package is now available through eBay.
This, among the first Hollywood Pattern packages to feature Carole, is for a small-sized nightgown, listed as "32-34" -- so if you have any thought of using this, you had best be slender (although I understand there are ways to resize patterns to make them more useful). On the package, it's described as "One piece nightgown. Neckline and armholes with ties on the shoulder are bound with novelty binding. Or a circular collar may finish the neck. Hemline is finished with binding or lace. Tied ribbon belt and patch pocket. Fabrics -- batiste, flat crepe, muslin, pongee, crepe de chine."
Don't let the tattered envelope deceive you. According to the seller, all the pattern pieces and the construction sheet are there.
For those of you into vintage fashion -- and if wandering through cyberspace is indicative, there are many of them -- this might be worth your interest. And there's nothing inherently outdated about its design.
This is a new addition to eBay, and as of this writing no one has put in a bid, which begins at $7.50. Bidding closes at 8:40 p.m. (Eastern) Saturday. Bid, or learn more, by visiting http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Hollywood-Pattern-Sm-Womens-Nightgown-Carole-Lombard-/120900139776?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1c2635bb00.
We'll also note two other things worth checking out on TV today and tomorrow. The wonderful TV Land sitcom "Hot In Cleveland" has a "catch-up" marathon of its latest season from 9 a.m. (Eastern) to 5:30 p.m. -- 10 episodes in all, with seven of them repeated beginning at 2 p.m. If you've never seen this sitcom, featuring the legendary Betty White (whose comedic skills remain remarkable at age 90) along with sitcom veterans (above Betty, from left) Jane Leeves, Valerie Bertinelli and Wendie Malick (she just turned 60!), what are you waiting for?
Getting back to classic movies, the silent side of Laurel and Hardy will be examined from 6 to 10 a.m. (Eastern) Monday when eight of their silent short films, from 1927 to 1929, will air. For many of us, it's difficult to picture Stan and Ollie without their distinctive, appropriate voices -- but they managed to be funny without them, and many of their fans actually prefer their silents. Two of my favorites are "Big Business" (1928) at 8:30, which builds and builds and builds on a gag, and "Double Whoopee" (1929) at 9, featuring a young Jean Harlow in a small but very memorable appearance, as the photo below indicates: