Did I mention that I have a pattern stash, too? Some I’ve held onto for quite a while (you’ll find out just how long in a minute), and others I buy to make…someday. You know that day—when everything else in your life is sorted out and you have nothing else to do but make stuff.
Sometime I buy patterns just because I love the designs and the look of them. For example, I have a few vintage patterns in the stash that I don’t really intend to use. So what’s vintage? Well, these hat patterns from 1960 certainly are; I imagine the original purchaser of the patterns was enthralled with Jackie Kennedy and imagined herself as stylish as the First Lady when she wore one of these hats. I think these are just amazing; I got them at a moving sale. For free.
There’s been quite a bit of interest in vintage, or period, fashion lately (the Mad Men effect). Vogue Patterns has a Vintage Vogue line of designs, and Folkwear Patterns has period patterns as well as a lot of beautiful ethnic designs. (Folkwear was once part of our little company, BTW.)
The Vintage Pattern Lending Library is another interesting resource for vintage fashion; they archive, digitize, and duplicate patterns from the 1840s through the 1950s and offer them for loan or sale. Their blog is fun eye candy. They also sell patterns from the 1950s through the 1980s.
If the 80s are considered remotely vintage, then I guess I am too—here are a few patterns I kept. I wore the Perry Ellis dress to a Grateful Dead show in Kansas City, Missouri, on my birthday; no tie dye for me. I was a fashionable Deadhead. I made the Issey Miyake pants in black linen and just loved them; the ties at the ankles made the whole look happen. The Tamotsu coat was perhaps my favorite garment I ever sewed, in a purple mohair blend. I’d probably still be wearing it if $%# moths hadn’t eaten it. I really will make it again, one of these days.