I am increasingly attracted to scalloped details lately. Scallops seem to come and go through the decades. I have recently refined my searches for vintage patterns to find those with scalloped necklines, collars, closures, hemlines and pocket details. Scallops can be such an elegant and graceful finish or add some whimsy.
I just recently snapped up a wicked cute Marian Martin pattern from Etsy that has an asymmetrical scalloped neck closure. I have hesitated trying to sew scallops because they have to be precisely stitched to look right. One scallop with a flattened or uneven curve will look all wonky and be way too noticeable. I like to avoid the “made with loving hands at home” look in my sewing. I have some pretty vintage rayon yardage from the same era that would look so great in this style.
Here are some modern patterns with scalloped details from 1982, 1992 & 2003. I remember the Vogue Pant Suit in the pattern catalog 10 years ago.
And how about the 1960s. Look how in just 3 years the dresses go from hour-glass form fitting to strictly A-line from neck to hem. I wonder exactly when women ditched gloves and hats for everyday wear.
Oh, to be a 1950s housewife! “Oh Lucy! You have some splainin’ to do!”:
And my fav, the Swing WWII era plus a 1930s thrown in: