Thursday, March 24, 2011

Vintage Sewing Patterns: Inspired!

So....VividMakeup is back! After half a year of issues with her computer, she is back will more hair and makeup tutorials and an extra hobby she began with her spare time: sewing! And not just any sort of sewing, but vintage clothing patterns! She has officially earned the title of 'favourite youtube guru", even has bypassed the famous Michelle Phan.

This has inspired me to take a closer look at vintage dress patterns. About two months ago, web addresses to vintage sewing pattern online stores filled my webpage history, and I now have a resurge of interest in them. Next year, since dance competition season has started, I will quit the team and begin other stuff, like yoga, horseback riding, and sewing, plus studying more about witchcraft, of course.

A little 411 on choosing dress patterns, other than how the dress initially looks on the model on the pattern. The 20s were all about boyish silhouettes and have a long, straight line to them. I personally do not like this style because of the lack of curves, but it was all the rage when women were fighting for individuality. Not the easiest era for pattern hunting, this was 90 years ago, remember.

The 30s were shifting into more feminine, defined clothing, and a whole lot of fabric conservation. During the Great Depression, many resorted to using patterns as it was cheaper than buying from a store, so more patterns were made for this era. They aren't as common as 60s patterns but are still out there.

Get ready for less fabric and more business because the 1940s war era was on a strict guidline on supplies. There were rules on how many buttons could be on a dress! Let alone the amount of fabric used. This is a good style option for those who do not want to spend a fortune on fabric.

After the war, the 1950s sparked a renewed interest in femininity, and indulgence. After being cut down in size, the women were ready for a new, fuller, luxe style option. Dior saw the oppourtunity and brought out its new look, which bcame the basis of style for the next decade. This look is not cheap on the fabric-it costs to look good.

And finally the 60s, much matched with the 20s boyish silhouette, had Twiggy to bring on the modern look with sleeker lines and freedom for women. It has a 50s vintage influence with a more casual, less 'fluffy' appearance which is perfect to molding with the 2010's. And sewing patterns, like t.v. dinners, became easier and quicker for people with less experiance to accomplish. Try this era first, for simplicity.

I have no interest in the 70s and onward, it just got painful after that.

In the near future, I will post photos of soon-to-be dresses that hopefully will be somewhat decently done.

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