>Inspiring Dresses, 1949

>My mom came down for a short visit yesterday afternoon and brought with her such a wonderful surprise! She had several magazines of French fashion from the late 40s and early 50s.  Here’s a few of my favorites from one.  It’s a quite unusual little catalog- looks like it was probably for patterns.  It’s from Summer 1949.  She said I picked it out at an antique store when I was nine years old! I guess my love for vintage goes back farther than I thought ;)

I especially want to make the dress above for myself someday.  I always see fabulous charmeuse and chiffon prints and I never quite know what to do with them.  When paired with a linen or shantung for the body I think it would be divine!
Just a quick heads up- I knew for a while I’d need to move from my design studio but now I finally have to (the new business owner in the building where I had my studio needs the space) so lots of my things will be coming home. I need to make room and consolidate so a lot of things will be going to Ebay in the next few months. As much as I love Etsy some things tend to sit for a long time and I just need them to move!  After I get things sorted here I’ll post a link for the auctions.  Of course I’ll keep listing things on Etsy when I get a chance, too- but I might be more sporadic in the next month and a half as I’ve got a lot of things on my plate so please bear with me :)

5 Comments on >Inspiring Dresses, 1949

  1. Evie
    November 3, 2010 at 6:28 pm (11 years ago)

    >These are both just stunning! Especially the second, but I do adore the detailing on the first one. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Steph
    November 3, 2010 at 11:24 pm (11 years ago)

    >I love the first one, done just right would be cool and comfortable. Linen? For the beach?

  3. Diane
    November 4, 2010 at 12:30 am (11 years ago)

    >Those are fabulous! I am a sucker for vintage fashions.

  4. Beth
    November 4, 2010 at 1:26 am (11 years ago)

    >It's so funny how our personalities and tastes are formed at such an early age, and that we're sensitive to little differences even then. I loved the "B is for Betsy" books growing up, and only as an adult I realized they were written in the late 30's/early 40's. I don't think that's a coincidence – I never liked the Ramona books as much. Just too 70's for my 7-year-old taste!Sorry to hear you're losing your workshop space – hope you make lots of loot on Ebay! ;)

  5. casey
    November 4, 2010 at 10:48 am (11 years ago)

    >Oh my–I especially love that at nine years old you had such a good eye for vintage treasures! ;) Love these dresses–especially the second one. So elegant!Good luck with moving your studio space and such… ♥ Casey | blog