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wardrobe planning, vintage vogue style

August 14, 2011

Back to the 1960 Vogue Pattern Book….it was very fun to see that they had a wardrobe planing article in this issue! Some things don’t change. The magazine published bi-monthly, and each issue featured two patterns with recommended fabrics and accessories. Unfortunately, my issue is only the second installment, so we don’t know what the completed wardrobe looked like.

The wardrobe is built around three neutral colors – white, beige, and black. The first two patterns were a suit and a more casual full skirt and blouse combo. The suit’s camisole was white silk linen. The blouse (on the right) was made in a brown silk check.

This month, they added another full skirt (the fullness is from unpressed pleats) in brown linen (so it can also be worn with the blouse from the last issue). The white dolman-sleeve top, with vertical darts for fitting, was also made in linen. This is the ensemble on the left in the illustration.

The outfit on the right was made for evening. The dress is sleeveless with a v-neckline, and the skirt has less volume. The back of the dress is not shown, but they describe it as having a very deep v, too. It was made in beige shantung. The bolero was made in paprika red, with a toggle-like closure.

They also combined the cami from the first month with the brown linen skirt and the paprika bolero.

Here are the combinations:

1. Suit: skirt, jacket, cami

2. Co-ordinating blouse and skirt

3. Dolman top with skirt #2

4. Evening dress

5. Evening dress with bolero

6. Skirt #2 with blouse

7. Skirt #2 with cami and bolero

They show seven combinations from 9 pieces. I think when we design our SWAPS and 6-PAKs, we ask our pieces to work a little harder! I would love to know what the next 10 patterns were, but alas…..

They do accord lots of attention to the accessories, though….and this is where most of the color is coming in. Accessories are all in brights or in the red/orange family.

They are: bright paisley belt, Orange polka-dot sash, Orange shantung clutch, tangerine sandals, paprika t-straps.

Speaking of 6-PAKs, I think I’m going to attempt a fall/winter one. Discussion at Stitcher’s Guild can be found here.  I’ve gotten as far as discarding one color scheme and pulling fabrics for a second one. Here’s what’s looking promising….

from left to right….japanese cotton (jacket), teeny-check silk noil (jacket), steel blue silk (top), dark gray ponte knit (tank), textured gray poly (pants), indigo denim shot with tan threads (pants, already made).  This gives a pretty good mix of fun fabrics with basics. These wardrobes are fantastic ways to get yourself a bunch of basics that all work together and really work hard for you, but basics alone get pretty boring to sew.

I haven’t picked all my patterns yet…there’s lots of time before fall arrives, and there’s no difference in my closet between fall and winter, so I can take my time.

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  1. August 14, 2011 10:17 pm

    Out fixation with wardrobe planning is nothing new then!
    I suspect those ladies had smaller wardrobes and had to make them work harder. It looks like they were more outfit focussed though and less into mix n match.

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