New Items for the Shop

I just wanted to share my great new finds for the shop!!

I just love theme all, kinda hard to part with. Of Course!!

Please drop buy the shop and let m know what you think!.



Vintage Summer Solstice Swap "Closed"

Sorry.. But this Swap is now Closed..

If you sent me en e-mail to be in the swap, and have not heard from me, please e-mail me again at mylittlechateau@aol.com

1. Include at least one handmade item with a Vintage theme.Items can be purchased, or made by you.
2. Include at least one "Vintage" item.
4. Swap box should have a $20.00 value, (before shipping).

Vintage Blessings...


Sheila Sassy Swanky Kitty

Here is my latest Creation .. I had so much fun making her, I am not sure I want to give her to the customer...lol Well, I guess we can't keep it all! So, I will just treasure my picture and that should be enough.

By the way this going on a 12 x 12 Front Scrapbook Cover.. Cute Idea..huh



The History of the Bra

I Found this of this great Vintage info site!! Today's Vintage

Supporting a Good Cause: The History of the Bra

Patent application for the Breast Supporter by Marie Tucek, 1893
Support of the bosom by a bodice, 1900.
Elastic brassiere from 1907
1920s Gossard Girdle and Brassiere advertisement

A model in 1975 wearing a Canadian Wonderbra Model 1300 "plunge" style push-up bra.
The 1968 Miss America pageant protest that sparked the bra-burning myth. Though bras were tossed in the trash, they were not set on fire.
Cancer, and specifically breast cancer has been on my mind lately. A couple of close friends have recently lost loved ones, or have family members currently fighting the disease. The Today's Vintage team will be participating in a charity walk Jun. 6-7 and I'd thought we'd pay tribute to the "ta-tas" with a retrospective look at the history of the bra.

The origins of the bra can be traced back to 2000 BC. The Corset-style of the time was open at the front to the waist, leaving the breasts uncovered. Back in 2500 B.C., warrior Minoan women on the Greek isle of Crete began wearing a bra-resembling garment.

From 450BC-285AD, the Greeks wore a bodice tied above the breasts. The wearing of corsets was prohibited so they used "the Apodesme" which was a small band of material wrapped round the breast, largely for functional reasons - to prevent the breasts from moving.
In the 13th and 14th centuries, women were wearing bodices that flattened the breasts.

In the 1550s women subjected themselves to the torture of whalebone and steel rod corsets. The steel corset is attributed to the wife of King Henri II of France, Catherine de Medicis, who banned "thick waists" at court attendances. The corset became the dominant undergarment (in various designs) of support and restraint for the next 350 years.
The 15th century saw breasts becoming a focal point. Bodices and stiffened stays covered and flattened the lower part of the breasts, whilst pushing up the upper breast. This created cleavage and gave the appearance of high and rounded breasts.

During the Renaissance Period, women stuffed the chest portions of their undergarments with silk pouches and hankies, binding them in place to create an alluring bustline. Since there was nothing much to hold the pouches exactly where they should have been, there was a tendency for them to shift into laughable positions.

In the 1850s US patents were registered for the first known bra-like devices. Corsets fell out of style for about 10 years, but then came back in fashion with a vengeance in the 1860s. Severe corset "training" wass common which reduced waists to such unhealthy levels that ribs and internal organs became deformed. Controversy over corseting health risks ensued.

The "Thompson Patent Glove-Fitting Corset" of 1867 had a spring latch and snaps at the front, as well as the traditional hooks. The latter years of the 19th Century began to see challenges to the traditional views of the ideal woman, and the painful and unhealthy undergarments that they were expected to wear.

In 1875, manufacturers George Frost and George Phelps patented an undergarment called the "Union Under-Flannel". Unlike a corset, it had no bones, eyelets or laces and required no pulleys and was made from wool fabrics. Susan Taylor Convese made improvements to this design.
In 1889 Corset-maker Herminie Cadolle invented a bra-like garment called "Bien-'tre" ('Well-Being'.) Resembling a "Victorian bikini", its main differentiating feature from regular corsets was that the breasts were supported by the shoulders rather than squeezed up from below as with traditional corset designs. Although marketed as a health aid beginning in 1889 in a Paris department store ad, the item did not gain widespread notice.

Marie Tucek patented the "Breast Supporter" in 1893. The garment included separate pockets for each breast, shoulder straps that passed over the shoulders and fastened with hook and eye closures, making it the earliest known design to be similar to modern-day bras.
In 1907, Vogue magazine first used the term "brassiere", which comes from the old French word for 'upper arm'. Before this, bra-like devices were known by another French term "soutien-gorge" (literally, "throat support" or "breast support").

In 1913, dissatisfied with the idea of having to wear a heavy corset underneath a new sheer evening gown she just bought for a social event, socialite Mary Phelps Jacob of New York and her maid, Marie, devised a backless bra made from two handkerchiefs, some ribbon and cord. Amazingly she started getting orders for it that very night.
After considerable interest from friends, Mary Phelps Jacob applied for a patent (under the business name "Caresse Crosby") on Nov. 3 ,1914 for her "Backless Brassiere" design, which was basically the same garment that she previously improvised. This "brassiere" was lightweight, soft, and separated the breasts naturally. Unlike Marie Tucek's 1893 design, Jacob's garment did not have cups to support the breasts, but flattened them instead. Jacob marketed the "Backless Brassiere" garment until she tired of the business and sold the patent to Warner Brothers Corset Company in Bridgeport, Connecticut, for $1,500. Warner's reportedly made over $15 million dollars over the next 30 years from the patent.

From 1914-1918, World War I forced women into the work-force. Many women began working in factories and wearing uniforms, making the daily use of corset wear a problem.

In 1917 the U.S. War Industries Board requested women to stop buying corsets to reduce the consumption of metal. Sources say up to 28,000 tons of metal was conserved through this effort - "enough to build two battleships."

The bra gained popularity and began to be used more commonly during the 1920s. This was the era of the "flappers", and the flat-chested boyish look was all the rage.

In 1928 Ida Rosenthal, a Russian immigrant, and her husband William went into business as the Maidenform Company as a protest against the flat-chested flapper girls of the Roaring 20s. Ida was responsible for the creation of bust size categories (cup sizes) and developed bras for every stage of life.

By the end of the 1920s corsetry companies began to manufacture brassieres that were boned and stitched into different cup sizes.
It wasn't until the 1930s that shape started to become acceptable again, and the "bra" (a shortened form of the word "brassiere") changed from flattening the breasts, to holding them.
The "sweater-girl" look, portrayed by actress Lana Turner during the 1930s, was the next fashion development, with pointed rigid bras that maintained their shape. This was followed by "falsies", pads worn inside the bra designed to enhance the fullness of the bust. These evolved into the push-up bra with stiffened cups supported by under-wiring.

In 1935, Warner's created the cup sizing system (A to D), which became the system commonly used by all manufacturers throughout the world.
During the 1950s the shape of the bust had become most exaggerated. Strapless bras also became popular at this time because of the fashion for off-the-shoulder outfits.

The 1960s saw the women's liberation movement denouncing bras as a symbol of conformity and servitude and encouraging "bra burning rallies". The Hippie and free-love movement would see the bra abandoned altogether, resulting in the braless look.

A return to the need for support saw the bra re-emerge after the 1960s. Developments in manufacturing and technology such as lycra, have seen the materials for bras become increasingly lightweight, durable, elastic and yes, even comfortable. Today, there is a bra for everything and everything is in its place.


Vintage Summer Solstice Swap

Summer Solstice is almost here!...So, I wanted to host a Vintage Summer Solstice Swap. Can you tell I am feeling a little creative and inspired by my recent swap?That is why I hosting one myself..

Sorry.. Open to US Swappers only !

This is my first so be patient. Please ask questions or send ideas if you have any! Thanks Kindly..

The Swap will work like this.. Add The Swap Badge to your Blog. just to get more fellow Swapper Pals!
Please copy and paste and fill out my questioner and send to my e-mail @ mylittlechateau@aol.com.

You have from now till June 21st to sign up!!!....At that time I will assign you each your partner & we can all began preparing our swap boxes! ($20 limit not including postage) Start preparing now.
Mail them no later than July 4th!..... We should be able to post PICS by July 11th!!
Each box should contain at least
(one) Handmade item made out of Vintage goods
(one) Vintage Decor Item

Please take the time to package pretty.. Decorate your boxes and put a lot of TLC into your Swap Box!

Hopefully that way,I can pair you with a partner with the same likes. I can't wait to see all the swapping going on!!

Idea & Info Sheet:
* Name:
* Address:
* E-Mail Address:
* Blog Address:
* What is your summer style?..Retro, Shabby Chic, Prim, Country"old-fashioned, vintage" or "bright, clean & modern".......please give a little detail......
* Your favorite summer Flower:
* Your favorite summer Smell:
* Favorite Color
* Hobbies or Craft?
* Favorite place to go in the summer:
* Favorite Thing to Read?:
* Favorite Collectibles in your home?:
* Random 3 things you really don't like!:

Sweet Tweet Swap Gifts

Today is the Day to reveal our Sweet Tweet Swap Gfts.
My Swap Buddy was Esther Nagy @ shabbycottagecollectibles
Thanks for all my Goodies!

It was fun finding and creating for this Birdie Swap...

This was a fun Swap! Our Host was Eleanor Erickson @
Go to her blog and check out the others Swap Gifts...