Vintage and vintage style garments have appealed to me since early adulthood. As a past middle aged woman (let’s keep it real, I am not middle-aged for I know no one that is 100 years old) the appeal has not lessened.
As a sewist I have an advantage of being able to reproduce vintage-styled garments. Sometimes though I wish I could afford and find true vintage styles that fit my body. When I visit thrift stores it would seem that large women did not exist. Certainly they did not seem to give away their clothing. Thankfully I am able to sew my own vintage style fashions. It is a slow process but I suppose Rome was not built in a day either.
Needless to say glamour shots the likes of Lena Horne, Dorothy Dandridge, Ginger Rogers, Lauren Bacall, and others are all swoon worthy. Yet, my interests lie in what the so-called everyday gal would wear; i.e., the cotton, cotton blend day dresses, or dresses and skirts that a lady would wear from the morning to early evening while at home or socializing with her friends – comfortable clothing like these.
Love the outfit on the left! It reminds me of this:
My goals are lofty, certainly a work in progress. As usual I underestimated what it is taking to reach the status daily wear of vintage styled garments in the form of dresses and skirts. In looking back over my progress I am easily distracted for I see many garments that I have made over the last two years that do not fit the mission. I shan’t chastise myself. I am meeting wonderful people like yourself on this journey and I am loving every minute of it. Perhaps for 2016 I will make it a priority to get a bit more focused and really think about the items I make versus just making something because it feels good. Wardrobe planning I believe it is called. Meanwhile I have another 10 weeks before all of that. 🙂
Finishing touches definitely set the tone. This tutorial is very nice. Where I live it is 98 degrees in the shade much of the time. Thus, I have shied away from wearing make-up; especially foundation. This tutorial features minimal make-up I would say. Truthfully, I would love to find such a video geared toward older women of colour like myself.
Have you read Elegant Woman blog? I have found the author’s treatise to be well researched, thought out, and conveyed.