I spent some time the other day doing a little “legwork” before cutting into my pretty selvedge-stretch denim. I didn’t find much to admire in current RTW (surprise!) but I like these boyfriend jeans from Gap:
Maybe I’m drawn to the red shoes and stripey shirt. I know, they’re kind of… boring. Naturally, I turned to Vintage Pattern Wikipedia (click images to visit the page) to see what I could find from decades past.
At first glance, this is a rather ordinary 1940’s working women’s ensemble. Tough, utilitarian. I like that about the 40’s. Look closer at the pocket treatment. I wonder if that would work for my jeans? I think I’d use a snap rather than a button…
As I clicked through the wiki, I found myself distracted by ensembles like this 1943 McCall’s. It’s tempting to think that the 40’s were nothing but drab utiltarian clothes, but then I find lovely bright combinations like this. I am not the person to pull off a mustard jerkin with purple pants and whatever it is on her head, but I like it. The red and white playsuit in the back isn’t bad, either.
Another McCall, more interesting combinations. Part of the charm lies in the style of the illustration, but I don’t mind the colors and patterns. Again, I can’t wear mustard but I could see myself pairing houndstooth pants with a purple or a blue sweater and red shoes. I like the aqua and deep red on our other friend, too.
I dug around and found this from 1932- I bet it would be quite airy (raglan sleeves, wide legged pants) on a hot summer day. It’s nautical without playing you a hornpipe. I like the colors, too- no sombre blacks, whites or grays.
I skipped ahead to the 50’s, still looking for pants inspiration, instead finding more ways to have fun with color. The girl in the two-piece suit must be a “glamour girl”- she’s protecting her complexion with a wide hat, and her perfectly-coiffed hair is safely tied up in a scarf for a day out on the sand and surf.
Check out the single welt and cargo pockets on these ordinary straight pants. Sure, the waist is a bit high for most tastes, but otherwise this looks like something Mary Nanna (Queen of Antipodean “frumpy”-quirky casual wear) might whip up, perhaps in slubbed silk.
And finally, this. I don’t know what to say, especially about the pants, but I had to share. What would run through someone’s mind as they bought this pattern, let alone put in the time and materials to sew it? Is that why the lady in front is laughing? Are we funny, are they funny, or is it more of a knowing laugh like “Yes, we’re wearing Bozo’s underpants in the weirdest way imaginable, but it is rather a gas…”??
Where do you turn for design and sewing inspiration? Is it burda or another excellent fashion-sewing mag? Other blogs? Vintage patterns? Sneaky shopping in retail stores?
Today is the last day of the Pants Block Giveaway, be sure to leave a comment by midnight BNE. A friend of mine is coming over later this week for me to fit her, and she’s agreed to share the process with all of you- I’m super excited!