Wednesday, October 10, 2012

So, Autumn's Here

I hate the cold. Really, really can't bear it. But even so, there's something soothing about the arrival of crisp, cool autumn days. Perhaps it's because the Great British Summer is invariably such a massive disappointment - spells of hot, sunny weather are so sporadic that whenever we have one I feel compelled to rush outside and Make The Most Of It; and the periods of dismal weather that invariably punctuate them depress me. So maybe that's why, now that summer is unquestionably past and autumn is upon us, now that there's no more waiting on tenterhooks for the next brief heatwave to strike, that I feel more relaxed, and invigorated to devote more attention to indoor pursuits like sewing and, you know, work.

Anyway, to celebrate the arrival of autumn, I thought I'd post some vintage fall fashion inspiration for you. I don't think I've posted any of these before, but even if I have I'm sure they bear seeing twice.

I just love the colours in this set - yellow and teal, who'd have thought? And the red-and-grey check 49er jacket is set off wonderfully with red pedal pushers.

Sears, Fall 1955
It's time for long sleeves. I love the periwinkle and brick check on the two-piece dress on the right. For some reason it's unusual to see illustrations of long-sleeve dresses in prints (when sewing patterns offer two sleeve lengths, the long sleeve version is invariably shown in a solid fabric), but the dress on the left shows it works beautifully.

Everywoman magazine, 1945

The classic pinafore (jumper) dress - I made a 50s style one in red corduroy nearly two years ago and it's a staple of my autumn/winter wardrobe. This shows a 1940s take on the style, with wide shoulder straps and an A-line skirt.

Everywoman magazine, 1945

Ah, the elegant drapery of 1940 fashion! Okay, so Advance is my second-favourite pattern company after Hollywood. I'm quite in love with the dress at lower right: yokes, gathers and a shaped midriff - all my favourite elements - and it's got long sleeves! The sweetheart neckline and hip drapery on the black dress second from left (also with long sleeves!) sets my heart a-flutter. I wish I could get a better look at the ruched bodice of the dress in the centre - the description reads "Diamond bodice radiating from tiny facets of shirring" - sounds divine!

Advance pattern catalogue, October 1940 (vintagestitches on flickr)


  1. I particularly like the last ones. I like crisp, dry & frosty cold but wet, raw cold kills me.

  2. Love the first one, from Sears. Very wearable outfits.

  3. I love the first picture. I always thought teal and yellow/mustard looks great together and I love that draping on the shirt. And the pink grey outfit on the right is beautiful as well^^

  4. Oh la la, perfect dresses, I want them all. I must find some good dresses for autumn :)

  5. These styles from 1955 are so beautiful and flattering to the figure. Love the dress on the right.

  6. I like the first one. Although pedal pushers in the weather we're currently having might 'push' me too far... cold wet ankles brrr.

  7. Marvelous fashions one and all - I'm especially swooning over the grey jumper dress in the first image. Chalk it up to my Canadian DNA, if you like, but I utterly adore fall and rarely even mind winter, though that isn't to say I don't miss the warmer months, too. Hopefully the chilly season will be short-lived on your end this year, dear gal.

    ♥ Jessica

  8. What a lovely collection of pictures- so inspiring!

    Teal and yellow are one of my favourite colour combination. I'm actually wearing a teal velvet skirt today and a mustard yellow cardigan! I just think it works really well.


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