1950’s Sew Chic Patterns

1950’s Sew Chic Patterns

As you may have guessed this week we are going to take a look at the glamorous 1950’s patterns from Sew Chic and see which ones will fit my triangle or pear body shape. I wanted to mention one other thing about Sew Chic and Laura Nash (the designer). She gives great fit tips on her website. These body hugging clothes deserve a good fitting to truly show their design.

What works for triangles? The starter skirt if worn with the right top could be a good choice because the hemline is more flared than the hips and it is fitted in the hips and waist with a wide belt to emphasize your waist. The length is a little long to be flattering on most people. Mid knee is typically most flattering.

The phantom jacket also has possibilities since it hits below the hip line. Making it in a matching or lighter color than what you are wearing below will make it most flattering.

The spin skirt (without the ribbon at the hip line) is also a good choice for a skirt. A small print on the skirt would be a good fabric choice. A fitted top in a lighter color with some detail at the neckline would be lovely. You also should avoid the ruffled version.

Beatrice pocket dress also works because of the defined waist and the curved line on the pockets and where they are set. The neckline draws attention up to and frames your beautiful face. The Victory jacket is a bolero style jacket that would look great over a long sleeve white shirt and jeans or a form fitting sheath dress.

The Ginseng dress with a sashed waist and open neckline also frames the face and brings the focal point up. I would bring the hemline up to the knee for myself. The beautiful Averly dress has a little more detail up top and a defined waist. Another good triangle choice in the vintage line up.

 

Which of these beautiful garments would you add to your wardrobe?

 

 

Not sure what your body type is or how to dress so that you look your absolute best?

Sew Chic Patterns 1940’s collection

Sew Chic Patterns 1940’s collection

Since last week you may have visited Sewchicpatterns.com and discovered your own favorite vintage style patterns. This week I am  taking a look at their 1940’s collection and seeing which patterns will flatter a triangle shape (which is my body type). The first one up is the Fifth Ave dress. Gloriously beautiful and my favorite. It could work for me if I don’t have all that excess fabric bunched up at the hip and just sew the seam flat. Which I hope would be a minor pattern alteration.  The asymmetrical  Pendleton dress is perfect and looks less complicated to sew (although it is still rated for advanced sewers). What works is that great collar, the design line that quickly leads the eye up and down the body and the little flare at the hemline. The vignette skirt is only a maybe. As pictured with that portrait blouse it might work. The pockets at the hip and the tapering to the knees only serve to emphasize the hips.

Which of these beautiful garments would you add to your wardrobe?

Sew Chic Pattern Co.

Sew Chic Pattern Co.

 

My local Seattle fabric store – Pacific Fabrics (the one that sells great garment fabric) recently sent out a notice about a Sew Chic trunk show. If you are interested it is at their Northgate location from 10 to noon on September 1.

I loved vintage clothes when I was younger and would find them at thrift stores and by raiding my mom’s closet. I found as I aged they didn’t look as fabulous and made me look vintage. As an experiment I browsed the collection to see what would work with my triangle body shape. The website sewchicpatterns.com is broken down into 1930’s, 1940’s and 1950’s style patterns along with several other categories.

Today let’s look at the 1930’s collection. The Myrtlewood dress is my favorite. That belt at the hip line would not work for me so alas I must move on to the other choices. The Fantasia dress moves the sash up above the waist and would be a perfect choice for a triangle. The Constance dress, Ehlen and Portrait blouses are three more fabulous choices because the details are above the hips. These beautiful styles would be perfect for a triangle.

Next week I will tackle the 1940’s collection  to see which of these great patterns I could use. Which of these 30’s patters do you like the best?