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.
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.
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)