If you really want hippy authenticity, it's important to remember that there are issues of class and politics involved. The kind of clothes shown in TattooedCrafter's patterns were really a middle-class commercial response to the styles of the actual hippies. Real hippy clothes were more gypsy camp than harem. Clothes were second-hand, lovingly hand-made and eccentrically worn. (That just sounds like Craftster!) No real hippy chick would have used a Vogue pattern to sew a hippy dress to wear to the protest march! While most of the hippies were from the middle class themselves, they made a point of not dressing in a way that would have been acceptable to their parents.
It's probably difficult to find good references online, though there must be at least some photo archives of rallies, music festivals, etc. Janis Joplin is certainly a good model, and you will get the most authentic ideas from watching any of the great outdoor concert movies of the time - Woodstock, Gimme Shelter, Monterrey Pop, Festival Express, etc. There are even some feature films of the period that are authentic enough to be useful. I think The Deer Hunter was good, and of course Easy Rider. (In fact 1970's trashy biker movies are all quite authentic if they feature hippies - and many do - because most of them probably provided their own wardrobe!) I would steer clear of Hair, which was already a period piece when it was made a decade after the hippy era. One movie that's surprisingly authentic is Godspell, which is pure theatrical fantasy but captures the feel and gets the details right.
To me the most characteristic hippy items are suede hats and vests, crocheted caps and vests (always with acrylic yarn, of course), long denim skirts (often embroidered, patched, painted or otherwise embellished), high-waisted bell-bottom jeans (likewise embroidered, etc.), bits and pieces of military uniforms, t-shirts (this was the beginning of silk-screened images on t-shirts) and bandannas.
I have a couple of books which might yield some good photos. I'll go have a look.
Ruffle Lust indeed! Katara, even if you never do anything with those fabulous ruffles, they'd be inspiring just to have to look at! I especially like the layer with the white-on-blue starburst pattern - it almost doesn't look like a ruffle at all.
That really is an epic shawl! No wonder your mom is already fighting you for it!
I've never thought of making my own trim like that. You could so easily do it. I don't crochet, though I suspect only minimal skill is needed for that kind of work, but it would be easy enough to add the beads, sequins, etc. onto commercially-made lace. Hmmm...
I tried embroidery the other day, but I'm not quite getting the hang of it. Why do they make 6 strands, why not 1 strands and 6 times the length?
It's something that's always baffled me too. You almost never use all six strands. It would make so much more sense to package it as 2-strand, because doubling or tripling it would be a lot easier than always having to separate it. (Which always ends up a mess, no matter how careful you are!)
Maman, your contribution to this swap really is the best ever! You and Merrick have made this a Lammas that I will always remember!
I'm glad HG's package arrived safely. Thanks for all the kind words about the package - there really isn't a lot there! But I have to say the cloth looks great on your altar. I'm glad you mentioned the moonstones, because they're totally invisible in the photo and I would have been a little panicked that they'd somehow fallen off in transit!
You're exactly right, Craftylittlemonkey. Gibbous style sewing needn't emphasize size any more than other fashions. The same rules of thumb still apply. And I think it gives you even more room to maneuver and shift focus, because you can tightly stitch down some areas to be form-fitting, while filling in others with added floof (good word, by the way!). And the randomness of it all makes your eye not see the transition very easily. On top of that, you have total control of colour distribution, so you can emphasize, de-emphasize, highlight and shadow almost as if you were applying body make-up.
If you're tall, you might benefit from keeping the silhouette rather tight to below the waist, then allowing it to spread out into fullness to lower the visual emphasis. Of course you have to accept right from the start that you're never going to be wispy and fairy-like no matter what, but there's no reason why you should be! Amazonian is every bit as magical as sylph-like. Let the Little People flutter around doing their fairy business, and we tall people (I'm 6'2" myself) will get on with the work!
Oh, that is great! I need a clothespin bag too, and you've totally inspired me. I don't have any of that great goldfinch fabric of course, but it made me think of the Baltimore orioles I sometimes see early in the morning. They build interesting bag-shaped nests with an opening on the side, just like you made, so an oriole nest pin bag would be perfect!