Monday, October 17, 2011

I found these little gems at one of my favorite vintage shops in Chicago today - they were hidden in the back, but clearly meant for me to find them!


I'm always looking for things like this for pattern making inspiration. These particular Simplicity Home Sewing Catalogs are from Summer of 1967 (on the left) and Fall/Winter 1966 (right). The illustrations are great as they are mostly full-body in these and many of the items in here are quite simple as far as pattern making goes.

I love the "obliquely waisted" contrast dress in this photo. I actually have 2 vintage dresses in my own wardrobe with this styling and it is always flattering.


Sooo cute!


Planning on a version of the diagonal dress with the built-up neckline as well.


I also like that the back of them, they show back flat-sketch views of items in the catalog as well as approximate yardage for each piece!


Similar items inspired by these catalogs (perhaps these very pages) are in the works for the Etsy shop!

1 comment:

  1. I may have actually seen these books since I was sewing at this time & I was 9 & 10 when these books came out...see how easy it was to sew then? I made most of my clothes!

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