Jennifer Connelly at 50

Jennifer Connelly as Princess Leia, McCall’s 7772 (1981)

Jennifer Connelly turned 50 this weekend.

Before she starred in films like Labyrinth (1986) and A Beautiful Mind (2001), Connelly was a child model. As confirmed in a contemporary children’s magazine, she played Princess Leia on McCall’s official Star Wars pattern.

Jenny Connelly and her portfolio in Dynamite magazine, May 1982
Jenny Connelly and her portfolio in Dynamite magazine, March 1982. Image: Click Americana.

Connelly can be seen on a handful of McCall’s patterns, as well as one or two Little Vogues from the early 1980s.

1980s McCall's "Make It Tonight" dress pattern no. 8010 featuring Jennifer Connelly
McCall’s 8010 (1982) Image: eBay.
1980s Very Easy Little Vogue bridesmaid pattern no. 1314 featuring Jennifer Connelly
Vogue 1314 (1984) Image: Vintage Pattern Wiki.

Happy birthday, Ms. Connelly!

Jennifer Connelly photographed by David Sims for Nicolas Ghesquière's Spring 2008 Balenciaga ad campaign
Jennifer Connelly in Nicolas Ghesquière’s Balenciaga Spring 2008 campaign. Photo: David Sims. Image: Pinterest.

Toddler’s Hooded Siren Suit

1940s Toddler's Hooded Siren Suit pattern Weldons 33
Weldons 33 (ca. 1940) Toddler’s hooded siren suit.

From Weldons’ wartime So-Easy line, an air raid suit for toddlers. One child appears to be carrying a gas mask case.

Other siren suit patterns were available for children, girls, and women, plus a “ten-second” siren wrap.

More on Weldons’ So-Easy patterns: There’s a War On | What to Wear in an Emergency