I have been starting to collect a few vintage patterns (when they come up in my size). I can sew a little, but not sure I could actually follow a pattern yet, but given that I find very little vintage clothing in my size I thought making the odd thing might be a better way to go about it. Then I saw this post by Super Kawaii Mama and was inspired to do the same – a collection of my own, just for me.
Of course I still am not a good enough seamstress to start, but I can start collecting patterns and ideas. I love the idea of doing a capsule collection in the same prints/tones/colours so that everything can go with everything else.
So far I have this Simplicity 2047 Shirt Dress Pattern
I don’t know about the rest of you but I adore shirt dresses. In cotton I think they would be perfect for running around the park with the kids, hanging out at home and everyday running around. After all if they are good enough for perfect housewife Betty Draper, they are good enough for me. I imagine having a few in a few different sleeve lengths and prints.
The other dress pattern I have is very close to the absolutely beautiful black cocktail dress Audrey Hepburn wears in Sabrina when she heads off on her date with Linus Larrabee (aka the dreamy Humphrey Bogart). I originally found it with the idea of recreating the dress in a luxurious black fabric.
The dresses on the pattern for the Retro Butterick 4513 envelope are florals which I think would also look great for a day look. What do you think?
I also have this Kwiksew 3854 pattern for these cute little sailor shorts. Which will be great for when skirts just aren’t practical. We don’t own a car, instead we bike everywhere.
I don’t think they are quite right though. I prefer the look of these Tara Starlet shorts (which unfortunately don’t come in my size) but the shorts seem almost identical…I just need to make the buttons larger and go further down.
It’s a start. Of course it is still ignoring the little matter of my lack of sewing skills. I would love to add a 1940s suit pattern, some circle and pencil skirts, a pair of high waisted pants and some blouses. I am also in desperate need of a new winter coat before winter comes back around…
So lovelies…what items are must haves for your vintage wardrobes? What am I missing?