Tag: vintage sewing

My Pattern Collection is Getting Out of Hand

One of the things that inspired me to get back into sewing was my discovery that one didn’t need to be limited by the local fabric chain store for pattern and fabric ideas. I completely missed the huge spawn of sewing blogs and pattern review sites, the craftwoman explosion, online fabric shops and independent pattern companies–all in the last seven years. Ten years ago I had never seen a Burda Magazine or even Kwik Sew patterns, let alone the dozens of small fashiony pattern companies that cropped up.

Then I discovered Etsy and its gorgeous reams of vintage pattern and knick-knack shops. Danger, Will Robinson!

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The Shirtdress: a curated history

I‘m a total sucker for shirtdresses (or you may be a bit old fashioned and call them “shirtwaisters”). I like the idea of a dress with a collar, or a dress that looks like one long shirt. And even if it’s fitted, it’s not telling you it is. One’s figure is definitely there, but not screaming at you. It’s so simple, so, I don’t know, 50s screen beauty sipping lemonade on the veranda.

I started thinking about them again when I saw this Stella dress last spring.

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