I am new here, but just reading these gets me fired up. I have been lurking on vintage pattern web sites all winter and even bought some dress patterns from the 40’s. Very sunny and sexy in their look and style. Some of the patterns are quite different from today’s so it will be a challenge. I have one partially cut out on a muslin and really just need to sit down and do it before spring and summer are gone!
Welcome to the group! Yes, reading all the posts is very inspirational, and gets me in the mood to sew too. Unfortunately, I have too many ideas and not enough time for them all.
The vintage dresses are interesting, and definitely stylish. I love looking at old photos of my relatives to see the dress (and hair!) styles of way back when. Please post photos of your dress when you're done, so we can ooh and aah over it. :-)
I'd also like to welcome you. I, too, love vintage styles. I'm currently working on fitting a Vogue pattern, 8146, that has a hint of the vintage. The dress is a simple fitted sheath dress, but the jacket reminds me of jackets my mother and grandmother wore in the fifties and sixties. (Though a good part of me wants to deny that those years are long enough ago to be considered vintage.) I look forward to seeing pictures of your creation.
I was in high school in the 50's and I remember very well sewing the fitted bodice on dresses and wearing them without thinking everything was binding me (like I do now!) Also, you have to realize the pantyhose was not invented yet! We wore girdles so we wouldn't jiggle. Now that I do not miss. Of course they are still for sale so many still wear them, but I feel so blessed to live in a mild climate where I can wear sandals year round if I so please and full skirts that do not require rigid undergarments. My husband likes to remind me of how embarassed he was when we flew to Chicago in Dec. and the temp was around 10 and I had my sandals on without socks! It did not take very long for me to find my socks though. I know about your winter weather Rhodezzy and I have never experienced anything more cold than that icy wind off Lake Michigan! (and I grew up in Montana where it could get down to 20 below zero and colder at least twice every winter)... to get back to why I was putting my 2 cents into this blog... I am beginning to feel those years are very much vintage and the older I get I begin to understand why old people do what they do and sometimes I resent others implications that to appear old is a "sin"... it can be a wonderful time in life if you want it to be and it's kind of fun to see the younger people show an interest in what was so IN for us back then. It's only when you get old that you realize how little the basics of life change.
Yes, welcome, welcome welcome. Looking forward to seeing your vintage darling outfits. I love to look at vintage, when I was in my late twenties (not so long ago giggle) I used to shop in Vintage Shops on the side streets near the Gold Coast on Chicago's northeast side for vintage clothes. I just loved the suits and dresses for work. I worked at Water Tower Place then and shopped on the Magnificent Mile (Michigan Ave). Those were their up and coming days. It's even better today. Don't shop there now though. ha
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