By the mid-thirties, Carole Lombard had gained a reputation for style, and many women who saw her films (pretty much women throughout the world) sought to emulate her. No wonder Hollywood Pattern, a division of Conde Nast, regularly used her among the stars on its pattern packages -- not so much for slinky gowns as shown above, but for everyday wear a woman of the time could imagine one of Carole's characters wearing on screen.
One of those patterns are being offered at eBay...and while that phrase's grammar sounds clumsy, it's technically correct. That's because the pattern, No. 1307, is available in two sizes -- what then was labeled size 14 (fitting a woman with measurements of 32 bust, 27 waist, 35 hips)...
...and size 20 (measurements 38-32-41, or what Jane Russell used to call "us full-figured gals" on those Playtex bra commercials):
The outfit is a misses' one-piece frock, and the seller describes it this way:
"The five gored skirt joins the blouse under a wide crushed girdle and the blouse is gathered at the neck, front and back, finished with narrow band and tie. Short sleeves. Collarless bolero."
Tissue pattern pieces and sewing instructions are included; the rest, including the fabric, is up to you. I can recall that my mother sewed many of her own outfits using patterns (though I never asked her if she had heard of Hollywood Pattern), and this should be fun for those who enjoy being their own seamstress and love '30s fashion.
Each pattern has been "gently used," and each is being sold, not auctioned. The size 14 sells for $38 and can be found at http://www.ebay.com/itm/HOLLYWOOD-PATTERN-1307-MISSES-1-PIECE-FROCK-AND-BOLERO-SIZE-14-CAROLE-LOMBARD/201102309093?_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851&_trkparms=aid%3D222003%26algo%3DSIC.FIT%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D22849%26meid%3D7427477746453032996%26pid%3D100005%26prg%3D9835%26rk%3D2%26rkt%3D6%26sd%3D201102309154&rt=nc; the size 20 is only $32 and is at http://www.ebay.com/itm/HOLLYWOOD-PATTERN-1307-MISSES-1-PIECE-FROCK-AND-BOLERO-SIZE-20-CAROLE-LOMBARD-/201102309154?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2ed2a1b722.
Through a pattern, develop your own sense of Lombard style.
We're back to that see-through outfit placing Carole's legs on display in our latest LiveJournal header, Paramount p1202-420 -- but temporarily ignore the legs and examine her expression and face. She very much evokes '50s star Mamie Van Doren...who as an eight-year-old girl named Joan Olander watched Carole and husband Clark Gable arrive at the Sioux Falls, S.D., airport in 1941 en route to hunt pheasant. One wonders whether Mamie, in her days as a Universal starlet, was inspired by this portrait to develop her own persona.