For years now, I’ve been wanting a 100% vintage inspired wardrobe. For one reason or another, I’ve not jumped in and just done it. But now as we’re heading out of winter, slowly towards spring, I have been thinking about what I’ll need coming into warmer months.
Since having my son, I’ve kept the contents of my wardrobe to a complete minimum in terms of different items, as I wasn’t sure how looking after a child and dressing vintage was going to work. Obviously there are people out there that do it, and I have never been a 24/7 vintage style wearer, so transitioning my wardrobe now is proving to be a challenge.
One of my biggest issues at the moment is my size, I’ve put on a fair bit of weight since I was wearing vintage regularly, so adapting the style for my larger size is something that I am ‘fighting’ with. I’m also hesitant to invest a lot of money and time into the clothing right now, as the plan is to lose the weight, so I don’t want to have made an entire wardrobe, only to then drop a few dress sizes and have to start over. So the plan is to start making pieces slowly so that I have nice/cute things to wear now, but so that I don’t invest too much money and time and not have anything for later.
The types of things that I like and want to add to the wardrobe, will be things that are extremely wearable, and adjustable as I change shape. A-line skirts, Drindle skirts, button down shirts, wide legged pants and dresses. I’m very lucky that these things are not only easy to make, but the patterns are readily available through modern pattern companies as well as reproduction pattern companies.
These are some examples of currently available patterns through “The Big 4” that I like the lines of.
Then you have companies that sell reproduction vintage patterns that are true to design, but redrafted for today’s figure. I haven’t tried any of these yet, but hope to in the next year.
I was going to do the whole process in a single post, but I got this far and realised that it is way too large a subject and will require parts. So each week, starting later this week, amongst other posts, I will concentrate on a different part of the wardrobe, planning stages, patterns and construction as they arise.