For this month’s inspiration post I wanted to focus on my favorite article from the latest Seamwork, Finding Inspiration from Vintage Patterns. Allie does a great job explaining the process of how she searches for vintage inspiration and incorporates details into her current sewing projects.
I found her process super inspiring. Like her, I love me some good vintage clothing, but feel a little exhausted and overwhelmed when looking for it. Vintage garments don’t typically fit me that well.
Allie got me thinking about how I can start to incorporate vintage details into the new pieces I’m making myself this year.
Here at Colette we are lucky to have a really wonderful library of vintage patterns to utilize. So, after reading this month’s issue, I decided to get to work researching pattern details. I did some research and found some really amazing patterns to inspire my next project and make it a little more special.
The scalloped collar and sleeve detail just made me swoooooon!
I’m a bridesmaid in a wedding later this year, and I’ve been thinking about making my own dress for the occasion. I really liked how the flutter sleeve on this garment is attached to the princess seam rather than the usual armscye.
I could see this off shoulder, gathered neckband detail being a great addition to a modern pattern.
This inseam contrast box pleat will definitely be in my future, and it’d pair perfectly with Laurel.
Illusion necklines are so pretty and elegant (check out this month’s Behind the Seams).
I really like the yoke on this pattern and how the pleat imitates the shape of the collar.
Here is a cute collar stand with gathers radiating from the neckline.
Bows are a girly-girl’s best friend, and this yoke and neckline detail should be too.
Adding curved darts with inset gathering could be a really interesting detail on a modern garment today. Devon recently wrote about a similar technique in Block Paper Scissors.
Have you ever thought about styling a bow neckline tucked into your belt?
I’m definitely adding this pattern as a whole to my queue. What a cool take on a wrap dress.
Do you like to sew with vintage patterns? If so, share your favorite in the comments!