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Vintage Inspired Round-Up

Thursday, July 28, 2016
Trawling through my blog post archive I've come to realise that many of my posts have vintage content, and I discover there are at least twenty vintage posts!  So this Vintage Inspired Round-Up is to refresh your memory of some of my earlier Pattern Puzzle posts and to share a few points in history where vintage style has influenced my work.  Where does it all start? The Retro Wrap

My first ever vintage inspired post was to decipher the blurry, back of envelope sketch and somehow explain the pattern making.  This turned out to be a very popular post in the early days of my blog.  So that was a massive clue that my audience also enjoyed vintage style.  In some cases the posts are a direct translation of the historic detail.   On other occasions a small amount of design development brings them into the 21st century.

My Vintage Inspired Pattern Making Posts:

Vintage Update

In this development I've simplified the sewing of the drape and panels by adding seams to eliminate these tricky corner seams.  My Fitted Dress Block is the best place to start for most of the vintage ideas and it's available as a PDF download here.

Gil Brandao Vintage Patterns

A faithful reproduction of the Gill Brandao draft.  Look further and you'll find the grading instructions for this bodice.

Design Development

Using Erte design as inspiration for more up-to-date design development.
Pattern Puzzle - Green Velvet Drape   Use my fitted dress block to make this fabulous vintage treasure.

Blog archive: vintage inspired posts:

Finding some fascinating design in The US Patent Office archives.  Such a challenge to decipher!  I've used my Knit Block (PDF download) for these pattern developments. 

The forever popular Dior Draped Skirt.  Use my Skirt Block PDF download for your own drape skirt patterns.

Where I go for inspiration:

  • Early Influences:  Inspired by black and white movies - featuring best designers from the early half of the twentieth century.   In fact I'd save up all my hand sewing for late nights in front of the telly watching the black and white movie binge-fest that was Queensland television in the 1980's. 
  • Fashion History Studies at College:  Inspired by the elegance and felinity of Dior's 'New Look'.  
  •  An inspired christmas present from my father - the ERTE book.
  • As a practicing designer/pattern maker;  In love with the precision tailoring of the early half of the twentieth century;  Amazing detail - impeccable fit and everlasting style.
  • My creative pattern making is strongly influenced by the fabulous pattern making books of Natalie Bray and Hillhouse & Mansfield.
  • The US Patent office:  More recently I've found some amazing ideas from the early part of the 20th century in the US Patent office.  Most notably the manufacturing trend to make garments with a minimum amount of sewing.
  • The Met Museum:  Has the most detailed archive of fashion costumes and they often come with views all side and close ups of the detail.


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Anne commented on 30-Jul-2016 06:09 AM
Wonderful. I hope I can aspire one day to one of these marvellous designs.
Anita - studiofaro commented on 30-Jul-2016 09:48 AM
Hi Anne, thanks for dropping by. :) I'm pleased you enjoy the posts. Let me know if you have any questions. I'm always happy to help.
Lauriana commented on 09-Jan-2018 12:03 AM
Hi Anita, I tried to comment a long time ago but somehow it didn't work. Then, I saw your comment on an old blog post of mine from about a months ago and decided to try again: You may like this blog post I made last summer, in which I linked to a tutorial on the old well-suited blog. I used the retro-wrap pattern to create a wrap dress (and explained how to do that). The post is here: http://petitmainsauvage.blogspot.nl/2017/08/the-retro-wrap-dress.html
Anita - StudioFaro commented on 09-Jan-2018 01:37 PM
Hi Lauriana, thanks for persisting in making a comment. I think that sometimes the problem is that the page does need a refresh before commenting. The security system gets bored if the page has been open for a while. Your dress is amazing and I'll be sharing your blog post on my social media. As always it's fantastic to hear from you and see your wonderful creations. Speak soon, Anita

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