One of the things that I love about my job is hunting for inspiration. I love finding vintage clothing a patterns and turning them into something that works for today.
I don't know if these women ever had children.
I have so I like it when things are fitted just above my tummy and then use a little gathering to hide.
I love the seam down the center and the tie at the neck.
The little bow if this neckline will find its way into the spring line.
I am in awe of all I can do on line. I still remember when I worked for Ralph Lauren we would have to go to the library to hunt for inspiration images.


JMW said...

I love the 1950s designs in the top two images - gorgeous. And, yes, these are clearly Barbie-waisted illustrations. ;)

daninotes said...

Love those patterns, can't wait to see what you come up with!

Loretta Fontaine (APPLESandRUBIES) said...

Kayce- The yellow dress is divine! I can't wait to see how you use this inspiration!

Tessa said...

i'm wearing one of your dresses today. i always get so many compliments. love that you understand the post baby bodies of women.

the gardeners cottage said...

oh kayce,

i'm in heaven. the 3/4 sleeves, nipped waist. love it! i'm with the others, i cannot wait to see what you come up with.


pve design said...

Funny, I have such wonderfully vivid memories of looking at patterns and still to this day, I never read the instructions on a pattern, I just am all visual - so the cover really sold me on the front of a pattern.
I worked for Ralph, and we used to order images from Bettman Archives, Kathering Hepburn for her trousers and Grace Kelly for her skirts...and Audrey was all about tops!
Nice inspiration - down memory lane.
Have a good evening dear lady.

Anonymous said...

I love the old styles. I just did a post about vintage mink. Can't wait to see what you do with these inspirations.

Pop over, I'm doing a giveaway.


Jade @ Flip Flops + Pearls Design said...

Such classic styles! Would kill for any of those dresses today!


Amy R. said...

Most everything comes back around eventually. I think all of these designs look classy...very Mad Men.

Amy R.

Elizabeth Baxter Butcher said...

Have been searching for tops with bows at neck. Can't wait for spring!

A Perfect Gray said...

I adore these old patterns. my mom was a sewer and made all of our clothes - oh, you should have seen the halloween costumes! - I won every contest all thru school. She is also a saver of things...! so I am sure she has a huge stash of old patterns like these...


danielle and dinosaur toes said...

my husband's grandma has a whole suitcase full of vintage patterns, and i've always thought it would be so fun to use them, but modernize the style a little bit. unfortunately, i'm kind of lazy when it comes to sewing!

nicole said...

love these!