Sunday, February 7, 2010

So there WERE larger women back then!

I love the look of vintage dresses. The lines that are (at times) more flattering to a woman's body. Unfortunately, though, it's hard to find vintage clothing in good repair in my size. I wear a size 16, and it's apparent when browsing a vintage shop that there weren't many women in the 50's and 60's wearing my size. At least, if they were, they weren't wearing fashionable clothes.

So imagine my delight when I found a couple of piles of vintage patterns at Goodwill recently all in sizes 16-20 There were six or seven patterns in each batch and they were only $.99 per batch!! I can't wait to make a few of these to add to my spring wardrobe. (especially the white sleeveless wrap above - so cute alone or over jeans!) I hope most of the pieces are included, and of course I may have to check actual sizing since it's possible a 16 in 1964 was not the same as a 16 today... but it's a good start anyway.

If any of you work with vintage patterns much, do you have any advice to offer? Or good resources on altering vintage patterns to size?

I'll post more on these projects as I get fabrics chosen and start the work. How perfect is this Vogue dress with the square neckline? LOVE it!