Blossoming Love of the 40s

I was bidding on this dress pattern from the 40s on eBay, but I missed it.

I was really bummed. Isn’t it gorgeous? There is so much potential. Oh well, I’ll have to be on the lookout for something similar.

I’ve found myself gravitating toward patterns from the 40s as of late. I can’t wait to create some items with some 40s flair.

I did win this blouse pattern for really cheap. There are no instructions, so I’m going to have to attempt making it without them. I’m not too worried about it though, I’ll figure it out.

I also won this pattern, and I am currently working on a blouse using this one.

What about you, what decade(s) do you gravitate toward? This doesn’t necessarily mean you have vintage pieces, but can you see the influence of a certain decade(s) in styles that you like?

I used to feel drawn solely to the 50s and 60s. However, in recent years I’ve opened my eyes to the possibilities of the 70s, the 40s, and even the 80s.

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4 Responses to Blossoming Love of the 40s

  1. I LOVE the clothes from the 40’s. So elegant. I saw a 40’s dress in a vintage store recently. Sadly, way thinner back then! I adored it. They are cut so beautifully–almost like they “move” on the hanger. I envy your talent to be wanting to make one–way beyond my expertise. all the best.

    • Yeah, I agree. The cut and lines of the styles is probably what has been drawing me to that period. Thanks for the well wishes. 🙂 I’m starting out with a blouse, which is proving to be difficult because the pattern was super crumpled and difficult to move without tearing. I’m still working on ironing all of the pieces.

  2. Gigi says:

    I too love the 40’s, always have. The women were always so sexy and proud looking, with their updo’s and red lipstick. The clothes really enhanced their figures, but of course they wore figure shaping girdles and silk stockings that didn’t have any give so they too helped shape the legs. Sometimes I think if we went back to those constricting garments our bodies wouldn’t sag and bag so much, and we would have a lot less back problems. Plus in that style you didn’t see women with their stomachs and backsides sticking out (ewwww), they took more pride in their looks. I think I will dig out some of my mothers old patterns and see what I have. If I have something I will get it too you! You have given me inspiration, keep up the good work.

    • I could never wear things like girdles all the time. I suppose it might be true that it would make people stand straighter and help with back problems. However, I think that some of that standing tall had to do with the era, slouching wasn’t an acceptable practice for a proper man or woman. This stance also probably had to do with that pride that you mentioned a few times. The way I see it, standing tall not only makes you appear confident, it gives you confidence. Slouching has become the norm now, even models are hunched over in tons of ads, etc. It’s an unfortunate trend, that is definitely adding to the back problems that are so common today.
      I agree, it would be a positive not to see people with their bodies sticking out of their clothing too.
      Wow, let me know what you find in those patterns. That would be awesome! Thanks.

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