I think every seamstress has some "rule" or other that they break in sewing. I know I have a bazillion of sewing faults. So I thought today that I would give you "confessions" of what my sewing is really like behind the scenes.
I have been having some fun dabbling in fashion design, (the mind's the limit!), but I have to be able to capture those designs on paper.(sigh) Needless to say, drawing is not my favorite accomplishment.
As promised, here is my vintage reprint pattern collection. As you can tell, I have a much wider range of fashion periods in my reprint collection, 1930's through 1950's. And if you haven't noticed from the photo above, this is going to be a long post with lots of pictures. Some of these are not strictly reprint patterns, but I thought I would include them because they at least hint at or capture a vintage design. This picture does not completely capture my collection as I have once again forgotten that I owned a pattern belonging to this category. I also have a pattern that I only have as an e-pattern.
Top left to right: 1950's reprint; a pattern that reminds me of the 50's; a costume pattern ca. 1940's; a pattern with 1940's vibe; and a 1940's blouse pattern reprint.
Bottom left to right: 1940's sportswear reprint; 1940's day dress reprint; shirtdress with 1940's styling; and a reprint hat pattern likely from the 1950's.
So I am back again with a post on what inspires me in my sewing endeavors. Part one can be found here.
The Vintage Pattern Files blog is a treasure trove of free vintage patterns. There are patterns from nearly every era, and patterns for sewing, knitting, crochet, and embroidery. I haven't used many patterns from here yet, but I hope to find use for them sometime.
Sensibility Patterns has lots of information to inspire, from picture collections, to show and tell, to tutorials on sewing techniques.
Various online vintage pattern shops are also inspiring for finding new design ideas. So Vintage Patterns, Wearing History, Eva Dress, and Vintage Pattern Lending Library all have large collections from different periods, so whether you are buying or merely looking for inspiration you will likely find something that catches your fancy.
These two posts on inspiration have covered many of my favorite haunts for inspiration.
Sarah loves to sew, learn more about sewing, and create items with a vintage flair. Her arch enemy is clipping curves, and she has a tolerable relationship with the seam ripper.
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