Taking Inspiration from Historic Costume
I’ve always had an interest in historic costume; I imagine most of us who sew share this interest, as studying past fashions can provide endless inspiration for contemporary designs. I recently came across a collection of charming illustrations of British children’s costumes from the 18th and 19th century that I wanted to share with my friends in Sewville. I adore these and plan to frame a set to hang in my sewing room… they are so sweet. I’ve put a couple up in my RemnantWorks Etsy shop and will be adding more as I have the time.
RemnantWorks Vintage Patterns Shop
I remember when this dress pattern first came out. I was completely taken with the design; it seemed so fresh and unlike any of the dress styles I was used to seeing. I made it up, but don’t remember wearing it very much. My sewing skills were somewhat limited in those early days and the dress probably didn’t turn out to look quite as nice as the picture on the pattern envelope.
Now that I have begun to sell off my old patterns, I find myself struggling with letting go of this one. Most patterns are very easy to part with once the decision has been made, while others, not so easy. I found myself thinking about making it up in a contemporary fabric. I know it would be cute even though I couldn’t possibly fit into it anymore! 🙂