I could keep making the 1940s and 1950s styles which I love, but I've decided this year to push myself to do something different. I've somehow acquired quite a few patterns from the sixties, seventies and (heaven help me) eighties, and it's time to actually do something with them.
So my pledge this year is this:
During 2018, I, Black Tulip, pledge to make up at least three of my vintage patterns from the period 1960 - 1989.
Obviously one candidate high on the list is Vogue 9004.
|Vogue 9004, 1984|
So that's the 1980s covered, what about the other decades? Here are some of the possibilities.
Although this was clearly a pattern aimed at young people, by today's standards it's a very conservative look.
|Butterick 4384, 1967|
Last week some friends were complaining about the lack of pockets in women's clothing - certainly not something you could say about Vogue 8194!
|Vogue patterns from (L to R) 1965, 1968 and 1971-2|
I keep putting off doing the alterations for this pattern because I know that it's going to be tricky, but I really should give it a go.
|Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress, 1976|
I have absolutely no use for a floor length dress, but I am strangely tempted by the long versions of these two!
|Simplicity from 1972 (L) and 1977|
Finally my favourite brand of the 1970s and 1980s; Style. As with the Simplicity patterns, there is a real difference in the look of these two, despite only being a few years apart. 2828, with its raglan sleeves and no waist seam, is so of its time.
|1974 (L) and 1979|
So all in all, I have plenty of inspiration to choose from.