Over the past few months I’ve been reading a lot of blogs by young sewers doing vintage looks, some are period-accurate (well except these gals seem to eschew period foundations haha) and others are into the whole Collette Patterns-gamine look. When I was in high school and college most of my wardrobe was vintage – it was cheap, easy to find and there were great garments available by the truckload in the Goodwill and Salvation Army stores in my hometown. Plus I come from Wilkes-Barre PA which in the 70′s was a gold mine for everything from vintage mohair sofas and parlor radios to cobalt glass cocktail sets and Fiestaware to fabulous pre-WWII suits, dresses, shoes and hats. These days though vintage clothes are hard to find, I suspect the available inventory has been acquired and sold already. However, there are still plenty of vintage patterns out there and I think the sewing revival among 20 & 30 -somethings is being fueled by a desire to wear vintage looks. So I’ve been feeling nostalgic for the days when I had the time to spend a weekend sorting through bins of old clothes at the Salvation Army for that one amazing find that I could proudly wear the next day. And now that dance costume season is done I can make something for myself for the first time in four months. Saturday I was in Jo-Ann’s and found Simplicity 1880, a really great shirtwaist drafted for drapey summer fabrics. View B has a 40′s shirtwaist feel to it and there are several details I like in View B (the yellow version):
- The sleeves are smooth at the top of the sleeve cap with a tucks at the band
- There is a set- in waist and the skirt has four panel flare
- The back of the bodice has a yoke, so I can add a fashion fabric lining for the yoke to hides seams and will line the skirt with a nice rayon
- Instead of a sash I’ll make a fashion fabric belt with a buckle from M&J Trim in faux abalone pearly colors.
For fabric I’ll use this retro print silk that Ann gave me; it has a feather motif and after I washed it a lot of color bled out and muted the intense tone-on-tone blues and greens into something more wearable. 1880 is a Project Runway pattern that includes a croquis and it was wicked fun to trace off the dress. The shoes are Chie Mihara t-straps a couple years old, it’s a Spanish shoe line that has the same modern retro look as John Fluevog shoes.