I have always loved the 50’s and early 60’s styles. They are not the only styles I like, but they just don’t seem to date in the same way most other era’s fashion statements do in the great circle of fashion. Not that I claim to be a fashion aficionado or anything – I am a great believer in making the best of what you have but trying to remain comfortable whilst doing it. I didn’t even appreciate that they were ‘classic’ patterns when I was young, they were just nice patterns for frocks that we could get cheap from the charity shops.
That was my early teens and the patterns all got lost/gifted over the years and I stopped sewing and bought clothes instead. The only sewing I did was curtains, cushions etc.
I am no longer a slip of a girl, and as I have got older my body has changed, and rightly so. I did lose a lot of body confidence after having my son and couldn’t work out what suited me. It took a lot of searching and bad clothes choices to finally stumble upon Pattern Review – how fabulous! Real people showing how their versions of outfits turned out. You can look through them and hopefully find someone with a similar body shape to you and see if a dress suits you, listen to their issues about fit, alterations etc and get general good tips on patterns. This site has been invaluable to me when purchasing new patterns but also when choosing fabrics.
In short – I wear vintage inspired clothes because they give me confidence and make me feel happy, and that’s what its all about.