50s Sewing Pattern Inspiration

50s dress pattern with full or slim skirt options. Available from TheVintageDesignShop.

I simply love vintage patterns. I especially love the vintage fashion illustration of 50s dress fashions. I’m going to share a few patterns for you to consider trying out! I have some really great patterns in the shop – on sale too I might add.  And I’ll also a couple modern patterns to consider below. I still need to finish my spring jacket (so close!)  so I’m cut off from any new projects for the time being.

50s vintage princess dress pattern. Available from TheVintageDesignShop.

50s sheath dress pattern. Available from TheVintageDesignShop.

50s princess dress pattern. Available from TheVintageDesignShop.

50s dress or separates pattern. Available from TheVintageDesignShop.

If you’d like to try a modern pattern with a retro style, there are some fine choices out there. Here’s a couple of my favourites by Vogue (they’re also having a sale, too):

Lovely 50s full skirted dress pattern. Available from Vogue Patterns.

Vogue evening gown. Available from Vogue Patterns.

Happy sewing!

x Rena


SS 2012 Trend Goes Vintage: Pastels

1950s Sweetheart Peach dress by TheVintageBombshell.

Another trend this spring is pastel colours. Delicate sorbet pink, cream, blues, you name it, they’re out there. Want to know another secret? You can find some wonderful vintage items in pastel, from 50s dresses to 80s tops and beyond.

60s pastel cotton dress by JLVintage.

70s crocheted pastel yellow dress by GravelGhostVintage.

50s pastel blue wiggle dress by gogovintage.

And a couple of vintage pastel blouses…

Pastel blouse by YeYe.

Oversized 80s pastel blouse by VacantMoonVintage.

And pastel skirts…

Pastel plaid skirt by SeeThruBlondeVintage.

Pastel Skirt or Dress by AmmeBsVintage.

And even some pastel shoes…

Pastel sandals by TwirlVintageCo.

80s pink pastel woven flats by nonstopecstasy.

And one more 50s dress for good measure…

Mint green tulle 50s gown by metricmod.

Do you have a favourite?

x Rena

Vintage Pin Up Girls

Inspired by yesterday’s theme of bullet bras, I thought why not continue with some fabulous vintage 50s pin up girls? I love vintage illustration and the 50s era of fashion, and these capture that feeling so well. I also love tattoos, especially vintage ones, although I confess I don’t have any yet. I have to commit to a design, you see. But I understand why vintage pin up girls remain so popular!

Blonde pin up girl powdering her nose.

‘Say It Again’ by Earl Moran, 1952. Available from The Antique Shop.

B-17 Flying Fortress Pin Up Sign from Jack and Friends.

50s pin up girl with a fabulous chair.

Amazing tattoo of a pin up girl.

The grand finale: a tattooed pin up girl. I’d love to have sleeves like hers!

x Rena