One of my favorite pattern companies is Decades of Style. They offer reproductions of vintage fashion from many decades in the past in user-friendly patterns for today’s home sewist. It is also convenient that their patterns come in multiple sizes since trying to find an actual vintage pattern in my size is sooooo difficult. It seems like most vintage patterns on the market these days are for a bust 29″ or 30″. The last time I had a 30″ bust I was 11 years old!
This 1930s Button Dress looks like a style Myrna Loy would wear in one of the early “Thin Man” movies. All they needed to do was put Asta in the illustration and you’ve got Nora Charles.
These coveralls from the late 1930s are pre Rosie-the-Riveter and were probably meant for fun, casual, recreational activities. They are definitely not meant to be utilitarian. It looks like there’s a lot of back showing under those criss-cross straps.
This flapper dress sews up divinely. I saw many examples of this at Costume College’s Time Travelers Gala dinner.
I love this blouse with the three collars. It could go glam with a sequined or beaded fabric or more casual like the sample they made that looks like it was made from printed handkerchief linen-like fabric.
This vintage sundress pattern from 1948 looks sexy. Again with the criss-cross straps on a backless bodice. They say the skirt is quite full but there is no gathering at the waist for a flattering silhouette.
Decades of Style would be a good choice for someone who would like to try their hand at vintage style sewing but isn’t sure about working with an actual vintage pattern. I have a couple of their patterns but the projects I have planned for them are at the end of a long queue of future sewing projects. I’m still doing home decor sewing, i.e. curtains, valences, tablecloths and napkins. I’ve got in-laws coming to visit. Sigh….someday….