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Date: 12/10/13 4:18 PM

I like a lot of vintage patterns but like my modern life style. In short, I am not going to be wearing the shape wear from previous decades on a regular basis (though I would like to make a corset some day).

I've been thinking lately that the more vintage inspired things I've made have a modern twist to them (usually due to colour and fabric choice).

So I'm curious, do other people like to mix and match elements, rather than duplicate exactly past work? I think one of the things that attracts me to vintage style pieces is the more elegant lines and detailing, as well as the fit.

Thoughts appreciated!

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Date: 12/10/13 5:38 PM

I do it all the time. New pattern, vintage type fabric, vintage pattern, very trendy fabric.

I tend to look at the basic shape of the pattern, maybe have a vague idea as to color or print, then find the fabric.

Well that, and I always imagine I have the ghost of Audrey Hepburn looking over my shoulder while fabric shopping, whispering things like, "Oh dear, I'm not so sure about that one." and "Yes dear, that's very beautiful." It keeps me from getting too crazy and closer to vintage/classic, that I'll actually end up loving to wear.

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Date: 12/11/13 9:35 AM

I just finished glancing through my 1958 Vogue sewing book, and I know that I could mix new and old and truly enjoy.
The fun thing is that it has the whole chart of measurements for the Vogue patterns of that time.
Also the attachments and adds for the singer straight stitchers of the time.

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Date: 12/11/13 4:37 PM

I like to mix and match vintage and modern too. I am making a vintage--looking jacket right now, but plan to pair it with jeans or a denim skirt so I won't look like I walked out of 1960.

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Date: 12/12/13 8:57 AM

Nothing is frozen in time as regards to style (or anything else for that matter). Moving ahead means incorporating timeless elements with new interpretations that suit us at any given time. There is nothing that says you have to wear an outfit that replicates something from 1962 down to the last detail - unless its meant to be a costume. But taking inspiration from a stylistic period and using it as a basis to create something new - well that is how fashion is constantly evolving.

It only makes sense to update a vintage pattern with modern elements that make it wearable today.

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Date: 12/12/13 4:49 PM

I have quite a few factory made vintage clothes and vintage patterns. If something exists pre-made up or I made it with a vintage pattern of the time and out of the right and correct fabric, buttons ect. , that would have existed in that time period, I pretty much always choose to wear it, mixed up with and in with some non vintage other clothes or accessories and more current make up and shoes and such, just since if I don't, I tend to just myself, look more like a caricature of that time period, (or a time period escapee from a time travel machine in some book someplace) which might be fun for going some places, but if in a more corporate environment, most times would get me questions like "Oh are you going to a play or dress up party later? Or maybe "Wow what a neat outfit, but why are you wearing it here? So I think if you want that to happen for a good reason, you do that, if not, maybe not. And that might be just any old place. So for just wearing stuff like that all over the place, unless you have complete freedom to dress anyway you want, and it does not matter what impression it gives off, someplaces, I think for me, it's better mixed up and more as a contrast to some more modern stuff most times. So I like to mix it all up.

But if you have some pattern from some other time period, you don't always even have to sew it up out of fabric that existed back then at all either. You can take any older tight fitting pattern and style for a woven, and even sew it up smaller and make a stretchy pull over your head more kind of "bandage style" dress out of it, if you want, even with 4 way stretch fabric and with no fasteners in it. Then it's even a very different kind of look just that way even. Or make it out of some print that has nothing to do with that time period at all. In that case maybe even make it longer or shorter than it would have been worn back then. Now it's really something else, done that way instead. All fashion is pretty circular anyways and nothing really new most times, and just is even a repeat from the past to some degree.




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Date: 12/12/13 5:07 PM

thank you for the replies. I think part of my interest is the reaction I have received from some people when I have shared what I have made.

I like the fact you can mix and match some things, and no one even knows (e.g. a slip/lingerie under an out fit). Or one of my favourite dresses is a wool colour blocked version of a shift dress.

As always part of the enjoyment is substituting the frustration of not finding what I want in the shops, with exactly what I envisage in my head in to reality through my own work.

What I now have is a good portion of my wardrobe which no one will have duplicates of, they are completely unique - bespoke both in fit and design.

Having said that, it has made me realise I am going to have to have a proper clear out of the things I have out grown (not just physically, as I have put on a little weight) design wise and age wise and embrace the vision I had of a stylish wardrobe. This will mean some culling!

I can already see its going to be hard letting going of things I have made in future, given not only the financial investment in fabric, but also the time spent too.

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