I have been working with contemporary patterns for a bit, although nothing ever seems to look current on me (the evidence may be found here, here, and here). So I decided that it was time to go vintage, and even further back in time than my current 1940s/1950s obsession, just to shake things up. Since I recently have discovered a love of the 1930s, I decided I should head even further back to the 1920s.
And where does a project begin? With the fabric, of course! Well, not always, but for a bit of inspiration, I though it was as good a place as any.
And here is a bit of my 1920s research. While I wish I could shop the Sears Roebuck catalog, this is mainly for fun and because my fabric has been chosen. I really am trying to be a good girl and use yardage from my stash, only purchasing extras like lining, thread, and buttons as needed.
"Sheer and dainty crepe," "perfect charm by the yard" taffeta, and pages and pages of rayon and silk in the most beautiful colors and prints are what I found. Ginghams, florals, and abstract prints abound. Crepe de chine, velvets and velveteens, metal, and brocades.
I can’t help but think of The Great Gatsby. Although the era may have been filled with conspicuous consumption, it sure made for some lovely textiles. And how about those incredible cocoon coats made of scrumptious patterned velvets? Not to mention all of those amazing hats!
And I just love all of these patterns!
But for now, I am going to concentrate on the rayon on my sewing table and my vintage reproduction pattern.
[Images from Sears Roebuck Catalog, Fall 1928]