Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Fashion Detail: Chanel Haute Couture and Vintage Details



What makes French Haute Couture different from ready to wear? For me it is the lavish application of handwork, draping and other labor intensive techniques. But sometimes, when looking at vintage fashion, I find examples that have wonderful details, often applied by hand, that set the dress or suit apart from other vintage or contemporary fashions and create an aura of couture.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

1949 Fashions: Simplicity Sewing Patterns



This vintage 1949 August brochure for Simplicity sewing patterns shows diverse new silhouettes available to home sewers that year, for 25 cents each.  The company provided a wide range of styles suitable for it's readers who would be making their own clothes for summer and fall.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Vintage 1960's Davidow Jacket: Close-up View



This Davidow jacket comes from a suit c. 1962. It has a Chanel influence, like so many other Davidow suits from that era. Let's take a closer look at this jacket to show how it was made, and what features and details make it unique.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Trending in 1950's Style: the Fashion Dirndl Dress



Fashion Dirndl Dress: Trend in 1950’s Style

In the 1950’s, as dirndl style dress became widely popular.  This fashion silhouette emphasized a full skirted, close bodied dress that closely followed in style many regional costumes in Europe. Heavily influenced by this folkwear, very wide skirts and dresses, often made in authentic cottons, were popular following the rise in popularity of Dior's New Look in 1947.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Vintage Fashions from Fall 1953


Looking at advertising from a specific year is a great way to see fashion.  This time I'm showing fall, 1953 styles available in small towns across the country at department stores and smaller owned shops on Main Street.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Bonnie Cashin Style: How to Sew Leather Binding


Bonnie Cashin has been a fashion influence for generations. Her early career was highlighted by designing costumes for such movies as “Anna and the King of Siam”. It seems that researching this movie led her to the discovery of Asian styling. In that ‘look’ she found the basis for the lean and simple fashions that she is known for, a clean Asian inspired silhouette that was often bound in a flat leather edging.  In this post I'll walk you through the process of making this same type of binding.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Bonnie Cashin: Mohair Coat Pattern & How to Make It



This bold and beautiful mohair coat by Bonnie Cashin for Sills looks as stylish today as it did when it was made in the late 60's. It's possible to copy and sew this rather simply constructed design to create a Cashin style coat to wear this winter. I first shared this colorful Cashin coat in an earlier post. This time I'll show how to draft a copy and show details used to construct it.

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