Three vintage Bleuettes and their cousin went to
The girls are wearing these reproduced Gautier-Languereau fashions, from left to right:
G-L 1955 “Trio”
G-L 1949 “
G-L 1925 “
G-L 1927 “Ècoliére”
The travelers taxied to the home of their cousin, Liane Verlingue, where they would spend a week with Liane and her family. Next morning, Liane,
The three girl in this photo are wearing nightwear from the patterns of La Semaine de Suzette for Bleuette, from left to right:
1919, issue #48 “Chemise de Nuit” (Nightgown)
1920, issue #49 “Chemise de Nuit Forme Empire” (Empire Nightgown)
1922, issue # 28 “Peignoir d’ Ete” (Summer Robe)
Liane Verlingue is a size 2 La Petite Française “Liane” whose head was made by the
Two of the girls had risen earlier and left the house for a shopping trip. In this photo, Franceline is trying on a pink flannel satin-trimmed dressing gown while
Franceline’s dressing gown is from LSDS 1952, issue # 49 “ Pour Rester au Coin du Feu” (For Sitting in a Corner by the Fire), while Madeline wears the 1925, issue # 46 “Manteau Practique” (Practical Coat) and her 1921, issue # 42 “Beret de Satin.”
Later in the week, all the girls gathered in the hall of Liane’s home with their maps and train time-tables in order to plan the route of their next adventure!
It has turned a little cooler, so the girls wear their coats and hats as they begin their journey. Their coats are, left to right:
G-L 1952, “Parisienne”
LSDS 1929, “Vite. . . Au Travail”
LSDS 1949, “Manteau Raglan”
LSDS 1925, “Manteau Practique”
Vintage 1930s wool coat from
After consulting the maps and time tables, they boarded the train for the next leg of their journey.
The girls spent a day and a night on the train, traveling south into warmer weather and sunshine. Eventually they arrived at their destination and left the train, gazing upon new sights, absorbing all the new sounds and scents of this beautiful place.
How wonderful to be in
She cried, “Bonjour, Cousins, I have been watching for you all morning!”
“Oh, my, doesn’t
One of the special things the cousins did on their first day there was to have a portrait made showing all of them together at last, enjoying their family reunion.
What a pleasure to shed the coats and hats and wear summer dresses! In this photo the Bleuettes and older cousins are wearing, left to right:
LSDS 1955, #49, “Les Sorties de Bleuette” (Bleuette’s Visits)
G-L 1950 “Kermesse” (Country Fair)
LSDS 1937, #33 “Un Robe de Plage” (Beach Dress)
LSDS 1920, #45 “ Robe Faite de Doux Etoffes Differentes”
(Dress Made of Two Different Fabrics)
A vintage G-L dress of 1955 “La Danse” (The Dance)
Marie-Anne’s family took the cousins into the grape and olive groves of
Franceline is again wearing her 1937 “Beach Dress” with pink espadrilles purchased in the village, and carrying a wide brimmed sun hat, while Mimi has on the LSDS 1935, issue # 26 dress called “Quand Reviendra le Temps des Cerises” (When Cherry-Time Returns) and a roll-brim hat based on those in the G-L catalog.
Summer is nearly always sunny and hot in
The cousins have discovered these Bleuette costumes, left to right:
LSDS 1912 Wedding Gown and Veil
LSDS 1907 “Vêtement Japonaise” (Japanese Coat) and
and 1907 “Capote pour Bleuette” (Bonnet for Bleuette)
LSDS 1923 Wedding Gown and Veil
LSDS 1912 “Robe de Soirée” (Evening Dress)
LSDS 1919 Wedding Gown and Veil
Finally the lovely holiday drew to a close, and some of the girls accompanied Cousin Liane back to
Mimi wears the LSDS 1921 “Robe a Bretelles” (Suspender Dress) with the G-L “
Franceline wears the G-L 1957 “Kermesse” (Country Fair) while
What a toll the vineyard took on
The tres chic hairdresser is a 38 cm SFBJ 301, size 5.
Flori had accompanied
Mimi wears the skirt which belongs to the LSDS 1931 “Girl Scout” uniform with a handkerchief jacket—a parting gift from the grape harvest crew.
Flori is wearing the LSDS 1906 “Robe d’ Ete” (Summer Dress).
Back at the Verlingue’s,
Franceline wears the LSDS 1937 “Un Tablier par Saison” (Seasonal Apron) of oilcloth while
Eventually, Flori gained her sea legs and came up on deck to find
Flori wears a tweed version of “Petit Bob.”
Ravenously hungry after their nap, Franceline and
Franceline wears the 1934 G-L fashion “Domino”—so named for the domino-spot buttons on the jacket.
After tea, the girls got their instruments from their cabin and joined
Meanwhile, the New Generation (reproduction) Bleuettes at home had received a telegram telling them that the four travelers were on the way, so they diligently began preparations. Miette decided the most important thing was to make sure their beds were ready, so she set to work to make them up with fresh bed linens.
To do her housekeeping, Miette wears a pattern from LSDS 1921, issue #5, Apron with Crocheted Lace Edging.
Nessa, the Irish Bleuette, thought she could use her artistic talents to create a “Welcome Home” sign for the travelers—
Nessa wears an LSDS apron from 1924, issue #6, called Play Apron.
Natalia, left, and Dorée decided that to them must fall the food preparations, so they are making thumbprint cookies, croissants, brioches, Gateau Cerise, and other treats they know the travelers love to eat. The girls are working in their sunny kitchen, where they will put the goodies in the freezer until the day of the Welcome Home Party.
Covering her LSDS 1936, issue # 14 dress, Natalia wears an apron from LSDS 1946, issue #1 “Elegant Tablier Pour Bleuette.” (Elegant Apron for Bleuette)
Dorée is keeping her 1955 G-L fashion, “Trio,” (without the vest) clean with the 1951 LSDS pattern from Sept 15th—“Tablier de Jardinière Pour Bleuette.” (Garden Apron for Bleuette)
As a reward for all their labors, and as a surprise for the travelers when they arrive home, Maman allowed the girls to have the dog they had all been wanting for so long, a collie, whom they named Lad, after the stories they had read. Natalia explains to Lad that this is his little bowl for treats on a stand in the kitchen.
Miette wears the 1956-57 G-L apron, “Sagesse.” (Good Conduct)
Dorée has on the LSDS 1926, issue 38 “Tablier Fantaisie.” (Novelty Apron)
Natalia is still in her LSDS 1936, issue 14, Nice Dress of Wool.
At last the ship docked on American shores and
The girls are dressed in their city coats and hats for chilly fall weather.
Clockwise from left are:
Flori, wearing the LSDS issue 37, 1919 pattern, High Fashion Cape, a G-L style cloche, and the LSDS fur collar, 1921, issue 48.
Franceline, wearing the 1925 LSDS issue 6 pattern, Fur Trimmed Coat, and the Fur Trimmed Toque that was published in LSDS in 1907, issue 43.
The travelers arrived home early in the morning to find that the girls had prepared a Welcome Home Party, working late into the night, and then gone to bed. They were all still asleep! Looking around, the travelers marveled at how strange their home looked to them now, and how much the girls had done to prepare for their homecoming.
After hanging up their coats and hats and leaving their parcels in the hall, the travelers heard a scurrying of toenails on the floor, and Lad burst in to see who it was. He did not bark, of course, he knew quite well that these were more of his young mistresses.The girls fell in love at first sight!
From the bedrooms came sounds of thumps and bumps. Suddenly, the room was full of girls all exclaiming and reaching out to hug the first person they could.
There was LOTS of hugging!
The party table of goodies looked like this:
Meanwhile, all the coats and hats, all the luggage, and all the presents for the girls who stayed at home were piled in the hall:
At last, the gifts were brought in and distributed, and the girls at home were given special sparkly purple witch hats (they were surprised to remember it was Halloween night!) from a Mardi Gras shop on the
The girls’ dresses are, left to right:
LSDS 1936, #14, “Bleuette Porte Une Gentille Robe de Lainage.”
G-L 1934 “Domino” in wool plaid
G-L 1934 “Domino” as shown in the G-L catalog
G-L 1955 “Trio” (without the vest)
G-L 1931-32 “ Invitation”
LSDS 1918, #1 “Tablier d’ Écoliére”
Maman-made Aran sweater and pleated skirt
G-L 1931-32 “
Next morning, two travelers still on Paris-time rose early and enjoyed their hot chocolate in blissful peace and quiet. After all, there is no place like home!
Franceline wears her
This story was written as a series of photo postcards purportedly from the travelling Bleuettes and their cousin over three seasons (Spring 2007 to Fall 2008) as part of the many sewing challenges and pattern introductions at the Bleuette Sewing Club. All the Bleuette costumes shown (with the exception of one dress and one apron) were made by Martha Nichols, or are vintage doll clothing. This story is copyrighted by Martha Nichols.