Star Dust Tartans

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Summary of Star Dust Tartans
  • Vogue Picture Records
  • Lyrics by Hoagy Carmichael
  • MacKay Clan tartan #WR1052
  • Kwik Sew Pattern #3448
  • Spirit of Alba tartan #2486
  • McCalls Pattern 3959
  • Weir Clan tartan #WR327
  • Burda Pattern 8193
  • McCall’s Pattern 3033

Sometimes, especially on rainy days, my sister and I would crank up the Victrola and listen to our parents’ old records. This one in particular fascinated me. The Vogue Picture Record Company out of Detroit produced these picture records in 1946 and 1947. I’ve read where the illustrations on these records is corny and fluffy…I like it anyhow. Somehow the lyrics and the melody hearken to my Scottish roots, evoking heather covered hillsides, in the gloaming of twilight on into the pitch black of night with the stars shining brightly. Now on to the lyrics ~

Star Dust

And now the purple dust of twilight time
Steals across the meadows of my heart…
Now the little stars, the little stars pine
Always reminding me that we're apart
You wander down the lane and far away
Leaving me a love that cannot die
Love is now the stardust of yesterday
The music of the years gone by.

Sometimes I wonder why I spend
The lonely nights
Dreaming of a song
That melody haunts my reverie
And I am once again with you
When our love was new
And each kiss an inspiration
Ah, but that was long ago
Now my consolation
Is in the stardust of a song

Beside a garden wall
Where stars are bright
You are in my arms
That nightingale tells its fairy tale
of paradise where roses grew
Though I dream in vain
In my heart it will remain
my stardust melody
The memory of love's refrain.
Ah, but that was long ago
Now my consolation
Is in the stardust of a song

Lyrics by Hoagy Carmichael

The MacKay Blue tartan is like the evening sky darkening toward the black of night. Though there’s no white stripe, the stars still seem to twinkle out from this tartan.

MacKay Blue tartan WR1052

The Kwik Sew pattern has lots of possibilities. Beading the bodice with pearls and crystals would evoke the stars across the twilight sky. The bodice fabric could be silk, lace, or felted tartan. With a solid color bodice, the skirt could be tartan. With a tartan bodice, the skirt could be silk, satin, fine linen, tulle netting in a deep rich blue or tartan without the added beading.

Kwik Sew 3448

Another good choice of tartans is Spirit of Alba, which adds the purple/red that’s evocative of the heather hillsides, while the light blue stripe hints toward the coming day.

Spirit of Alba tartan 2846

McCalls Pattern 3959

Using either view of this McCall’s gown pattern would create a beautiful bridal gown. The bodice and overskirt could be a dark blue silk, satin, fine linen, or lace with an underskirt of tartan. Going oppositely, the bodice and overskirt could be a Star Dust tartan, with the underskirt of dark blue silk, linen, lace, or tulle.

With a solid colored bodice, a very narrow edging of tartan could be added. A sapphire colored necklace from Sapphire Sage or Very Merry Seamstress. While there also look at Very Merry Seamstress gown selection. They were also featured in Scottish Wedding Dreams Newsroom beginning July 6th, 2007.

Ideas for a tiara or other head adornment can be found at Scottish Wedding Dreams Tiaras, Etc.

And don’t forget to match your shoes to the hemline color so they look right in your photos.

Your flowers would probably look best in white or ivory, as most bluesa ren’t a deep enough color.

Some other Star Dust tartans and bridal gowns ~

Weir Clan tartan #WR327

Kwik Sew 3448

This view is such a deep, rich blue that just seems to be singing the words to Star Dust. In silk or satin it’s a real knock-out. The sleeves and shoulders could be of the Weir or another Star Dust tartan. Or just a narrow edging around the neckline and cuffs. Another possibility would be a detachable train in tartan.

For an older bride or either mother this could be stunning in a royal blue lace or sheer patterned fabric. Just add a skirt in a color co-ordinated silk or satint, or even one of the tartans. A tartan rosette adorning the hair would be an extra little Scottish touch.

McCall’s Pattern 3033

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