Sunday, May 10, 2009

Cut and Sewn

With the hours Mom and I log salivating over vintage patterns, it's a wonder anything gets accomplished. We're constantly emailing favorites back and forth, urging one another to get the sewing machines purring. Using modern fabrications and updated hemlines, any of these retro designs become fresh again. I'm a sucker for detailed construction!

25 comments:

Candy said...

That would be a great idea! bring back the vintage!! lol i can see celebrities wearing it!

Janet said...

Those were the days! When a girl was supposed to be girly! I especially love the one marked 1444 Patou. Really lovely.

Pink Julep said...

Those are fab! If you make something you must post photos of it!!!

Mrs. Blandings said...

Mr. B and I watched The Man Who Knew Too Much last night and I was thinking the whole time that I should learn to sew so that I could look like Doris Day. Or try.

Lukasin said...

Very Cute!

captain caleb said...

sweet ^_^

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A.B.dear said...

I would love to have one of those dresses. I think the look could totally be brought back into fashion.

Debra said...

Gorgeous patterns! Do you have a sewing machine there? You could be whipping up these pretties and we would all be placing our orders.
You are in a haven of frock-gorgeousness

Alyssa said...

I like your style, Courtney!

Courtney said...

Janet: You're so right! These classic designs are great examples of feminine dressing without looking like a ruffled confection, though those numbers also hold their own in my closet without a problem :) But something about these detailed construction lines that keep the designs from being too frou-frou.

Debra: I do have my machine here and I brought my containers and containers of fabric as well! Because I sew at a snail's pace, I'd love to find someone far more professional who can help me whip up dresses on a whim!

AT said...

They're all completely fabulous. I'd dress like that every day if I could, complete with hat and gloves. Yes please!

I see patterns like these in antique stores a lot but never buy any of them, seeing as how I haven't got a clue how to sew. Maybe someday.

fric and frac said...

I've got sewing on the brain too! These vintage patterns are great!

HappySurfer said...

There are sewing classes you can sign up for here in KL and there are great fabrics here too.

The Lil Bee said...

What a fun hobby! I love these and would love to see you make something:)

Marge said...

Fabulous! I especially love that Givenchy!

Vanessa said...

I love vintage dresses! Now if only I could sew...

ccna said...

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ccent

Vivi said...

Such great and classic shapes. Vintage styles for children are also so appealing.

Courtney said...

There is definitely something very appealing about vintage patterns, and each of these selections is great.

allie in g'town said...

I loved pouring through patterns for my yearly Halloween costume when I was young. Then I'd watch as my mom set up her sewing machine in the dining room and toiled away nightly. We still have all those beautiful costumes and now my nieces and nephews resurrect them each year.

kel said...

love the vintage. my mom gave me one of the dresses she used to wear on dates in the 60's. it's very similar to someof these patterns...she made the dress and it's fabulous. i wear it when i'm feeling very "breakfast at tiffany's" :)

pve design said...

I have some of these old patterns that I saved - I learned to sew at a young age, and my ocd over dressmaker details just kicked back in - In fact I wore a suit from my Great Aunt, that had a asymmetrical closure which I wore on the plane and got lots of "looks" - Bring back these elegant and ladylike details.
pve

Rachel said...

I've been thinking about purchasing some vintage patterns as well.. well, gotta get the sewing machine out of storage first. Love these!

Angela said...

Oh lordy, me too!! I was just watching a Mad Men episode on itunes the other night, and it totally reminds me of this. :)