Do you ever feel like you just can’t sew the vintage wardrobe you want, in its entirety, fast enough? I have a gazillion vintage sewing patterns, but it seems like less and less time to make each piece. Even when I finish something, too soon after I am wanting something more – maybe a blouse to go with the pants I just made, or pants to go with the blouse I just made!
Even as a seamstress, I am lured by vintage repro clothing companies, but with all the knowledge of good clothing construction, quality materials, and how things should fit, I am often disappointed with the products of many of these brands.
An adorable vintage menswear look is easy to pull off with trousers, an oxford shirt, and suspenders.
So when I find one that makes genuinely good stuff, I’m over the moon. Emmy Design Sweden is one of those brands.
Now, this stuff isn’t cheap. It’s European and the shipping alone can hurt, but I am subscribing to the well-known concept that it’s better to spend a bit more on truly good pieces, and fewer of them, that spend the same amount of filling my closet with crap.
I’ve been wanting to try out some of Emmy’s clothing for some time, especially the sweaters. You all know how I feel about vintage sweaters. And let me tell you, I have hardly taken this little 1940s cardigan off since it arrived back in March. The cardi is a very high quality wool blend, nice and soft, and actually fits without the button placket gapping. It’s not too tight, with plenty of room in the sleeves, and is the proper length to wear with vintage at-waist styles. This is the best vintage style knitwear I’ve come across so far.
This cardigan makes my heart go pitterpatter – high quality Fair Isle knit in wool blend by Emmy Design. LOVE!
I also tried the pants, which are voluminous and lightweight. They’re a wide-legged 1930s style with buttons on the side. They were quite long and needed hemming for my 5’6″ height, so I turned up cuffs and blind-stitched them in place. Though they are sold as Fall/Winter pants, the fabric is very light and flowy, actually quite perfect for Spring and Summer. I will live in these pants this season, no doubt.
The pants have buttons inside the waistband to affix suspenders, also made by Emmy, a style I absolutely love. I was having trouble finding button-on suspenders short enough for women, so Emmy really solved my problem there.
The trousers are loose, flowy, and comfortable, but may need hemming.
Emmy Design clothing is, unfortunately, not sold in shops in the US. Lucky you if you’re in Europe, Australia, or South Africa. They do, however, have a web store where you can order. Check it out, especially the knitwear. I highly highly recommend it!