Friday, April 11, 2008

Vintage Inspiration

Check out these fabulous vintage fashion books:

Fashionable Clothing From the Sears Catalogs

My mom found the Mid-1930's volume at the library yesterday -- One hundred fifty-nine pages of glossy illustrations of everything from women's clothes and shoes to little boys' ties. The 1930's is, hands down, my favorite fashion decade of the 20th century. So I'm gloating over this book and dreading having to send it back to the library. Let's just say that I'll be making several sketches before I let it go!

I also learned something new: wrap-style house dresses in the 1930's were also called "Hooverettes!" And you could get two of them for 95 cents. I won't even start on the shoes... *sigh*

So if you like vintage fashion, see if your library has any of these books or try interlibrary loan. They're well worth the $27 they're selling for on Amazon, but at that price I think I'll have to add them to my collection gradually!


  1. Wow, I'd never heard of these, but they look GREAT. It's neat that each decade is broken up into threes... most books just lump decades into one category but really there can be a lot of diversity within ten years.

    Anyway, I must get my grubby little paws on that Early 1930s book! ;-)

  2. I don't think you'll be disappointed with it -- no matter how many times I go through the book, I find something that I hadn't noticed before! All of the illustrations are color, except for those that were originally black-and-white in the catalog :)

    Yours in Christ,


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