I love dancing, and I love the music and dances of the Swing Era best of all. I am an unabashed romantic, and if I could dress solely in vintage clothing, I would. Since I'm finally working on my sewing skills, I'm starting to look at the vintage sewing patterns out there on the web.
One particular one caught my eye this week, from a site called Ruby Lane. It's from 1940, just before the wartime shortages called for clothing patterns to use less fabric. It'll look great on just about any body type, and the full skirt will have a great "swish" factor on the dance floor:
Did you know that patterns in the old days often had no markings on them, and that they sometimes came pre-cut? I'm just hoping that any vintage pattern I might buy won't require the skills of a master tailor!
I found a lot of awesome fabric on the web, but today I'm leaning towards wanting to make this dress in one of these. They're all very vintage, almost camp-y prints, but if you're going to go to the trouble of finding and working with a vintage pattern, you might as well go for broke!
Notice that all these fabric have red in them... that's because my new shoes are Aris Allen Red Velvet Practice Oxfords. They are wending their way towards me via FedEx as I type.
These shoes are MADE for dancing, but I CAN wear them off the dance floor as well. I'm very excited about these shoes...
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