Category Archives: 1920’s

“I Spy” Saturday, #9

I don’t know if The Simpsons qualifies as “vintage” per se, but it is the longest-running American sitcom.  Now in its 25th season, the creators recently did a couch gag I absolutely had to share.  For those of you who don’t know the show, the opening sequence almost always ends a little differently and the difference always revolves around the characters’ couch; hence, the name “couch gag”.

If you know me, I have a soft spot for French.  I studied French in high school and I love what I know of French culture and films.  In 2003, when The Triplets of Belleville came out, I was hooked.  Triplets is easily one of my favorite animated films.  Eleven years later, I still recommend it to anyone who will listen.  It is a fabulous little film about the adventures of a woman whose grandson goes missing during the Tour de France.  I don’t want to give anything away, but if Vaudeville and 1920’s/1930’s performers are your thing, you should definitely check Triplets out.  The soundtrack alone makes it worth it.

What does this have to do with The Simpsons?  Well, Sylvain Chomet, animator of The Triplets of Belleville, was the one to create their latest couch gag!  Look for the subtle French details of Homer eating snails, Bart discovering a DIY foie gras kit (“For Kids!”) beside the couch, Lisa playing an accordion and Marge shouting, “Ou est, Maggie?” as she looks for their ever-endangered, but always resilient youngest.

Fermer la porte avant!

“I Spy” Saturday, #8

As I was going through some odds and ends in our living room this week, I found a craft project flyer I’d picked up a while back at Hobby Lobby.  As I’m sure you’ve noticed, I’ve been on a 1920’s kick lately and this craft fits right in.  It’s called, ‘A Case for Creativity’ because you use pillowcases to craft these items:Here is a link to a printable pdf of the flyer, which has more projects included than just the two above, or you can read and follow the instructions as I’ve typed them out below.*  I think the bloomers are a “must” the next time I get the craft room organized!

*This craft, its photos and all directions are courtesy of Hobby Lobby.  The directions I have typed out come directly from the pdf link above and all credit goes to Hobby Lobby.

en-cased in glamour (refers to the picture of the flapper-style dress):

Cut a band of fabric from the closed end of a simple white pillowcase before stitching up rows of fluffy fringe.  Then, use the hemmed end of a second case to make straps.  Some beaded trim…and baby, you’re in!

lacy linens (refers to the picture of the, as I call them, “bloomers”):

A single pillowcase provided the fabric for these simple shorts, an easy sew using SImplicity #3696! Grab some lace trim and some coordinating ribbon, and then follow the step-by-step instructions below.

  1. Place pillowcase on flat surface.  Measure up 16″ from the hemmed edge and draw a line from left to right.  Cut on this line and discard upper half of pillowcase.
  2. Cut remaining piece in half vertically.  Each piece will be 10″ wide.  Open the two pieces and lay flat with right sides together.
  3. To create inseam, measure up 6″ from hemmed edge and 1″ from the left side.  Mark this area with a fabric pen, curving the corner slightly.  Cut on this line.
  4. Now measure up 6″ from the hemmed edge and 2″ from the right side.  Mark and cut as in Step 3.
  5. Sew horizontal rows of lace to the right side of each piece.  Use the same spacing on each piece so lace will match up at center front and center back.
  6. Pin the two pieces with right sides together and stitch the sides with 5/8″ seam allowance.  Press open.  These will become the center front and center back seams of your shorts.
  7. Match center front seam to center back seam, aligning inseams.  Stitch inseams with right sides together, using 5/8″ seam allowance.  Press open.
  8. To make casing, press under 1/4″ on top edge of shorts.  Turn the pressed edge to the inside 1″ and pin in place.  Stitch along this edge, leaving an opening to insert ribbon at center front seam.
  9. Insert ribbon through casing, using a safety pin to thread through.

“I Spy” Saturday, #7

The 1920’s are hot again for the first time since 1974, Robert Redford and Mia Farrow. Therefore, it was no surprise to “spy” the following on a friend’s Facebook page. Admittedly, I am a Guns N’ Roses fan and would typically mock modern reinventions of the things I remember from my youth. However, this interpretation of “Sweet Child O’ Mine” is far from modern unless by “modern” you mean “Thoroughly” and “Millie”. Congratulations to Postmodern Jukebox and Miche Braden!

Ayun Halliday at Open Culture wrote a fantastic article featuring this video and its creators. It is worth the read and can be found here.