As the massive project of James’ 18th c. suit draws to a close, I have much to think about of where I want to go next. With the weather beginning to warm up, the choice is clear: summer dresses!
I love dresses in summer. They are easy to wear, requiring only two choices – which dress and which shoes – rather than the tedious task of matching a skirt to a blouse; they are cool in hot weather; they are easy to dress up or dress down. And of course, because this is me, they are always dresses made from *vintage* patterns.
I was lucky enough to receive a bag full of vintage patterns from my grandmother. There are patterns for blouses, skirts, and frocks, ranging from the late 1930s to the later 1950s. Not a one of them will fit me, but luckily I am able to grade them up a couple sizes (remember sizing this pattern from last summer?). I also went a little wild at the 70% Vogue Pattern sale a month or so ago, and bought a handful of Vintage Vogue patterns, which I find to be not-so-accurate, but generally quite lovely, so I’ve got one of those on “to do” list as well.
Here are the patterns and the fabrics (which came today!):