On our way home from LA, we stopped in Hanford, a county seat where my husband had spent a summer working in the courthouse during college. He wanted to see what the town looks like now, so we walked around the charming downtown and looked around the wonderfully cluttered antique store in the IOOF building. I found a Vogart transfer pattern, some 1940’s Workbasket magazines, and this booklet:
I didn’t even know that ladies were wearing hoops under their dress during this time period. The booklet states, “It was just a little while ago, you’ll remember, that folks said hoops would never come back. And then they did. And right away people said they wouldn’t stay. And now they seem to be here for good-at least so far as dance frocks and party dresses are concerned.” Well, I don’t think they lasted much longer given the long and lean silhouette of the mid-to-late twenties. The booklet also says, “Give your new dance frock the becoming distended hip line.” First time I ever heard a distended hip line called becoming.