Thursday, February 18, 2010

Private Lives

Last night, I went and saw Private Lives by Noel Coward at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. So far, I have seen four shows there and each one is better than the last. The acting, sets, costumes - brilliant, all of it. It's refreshing to see truly great theatre every once in awhile.
I was a bit distracted, though - the costumes were unbelievably fantastic. I mean - vintage silks, scarves, suits, shoes, hats, jewelry, hair - and so I spent the majority of the show trying to figure out how I could make such costumes for myself and everyday wear. Today, I started doing research:

(side note: the styles of the last two dresses and shoes were not seen in the show, but I had to share them because they appealed to me greatly.)

So, being inspired, and noticing that one of the patterns was Vogue, I browsed the Vogue pattern website. They are having a sale, so I was doomed from the beginning. I purchased:

Vogue 1162 (I LOVE the sleeves)

and Vogue 2859 (because what woman doesn't need a slinky black dress?)

I should inform my readers that I have never made a dress before (!!!), so the adventure of making clothes for myself will be well documented and hopefully enjoyable.
While we are on the topic of vintage, one of my favorite sites in the whole world, choc full of vintage images that are copyright free:

Some of my favorite images from the site:

My best friend, Steph, made photo pendants for me that incorporated these images. I wear them constantly!

My favorite image, of course, is the background of my blog header - to me, it's artistic and peaceful, beautiful and vibrant.


  1. You might also want to check for vintage patterns and I think you can buy vintage patterns on as well! Don't get discouraged with vogue patterns, I have heard they're much more complicated than other patterns. I have faith you'll do just fine! Also, testing it out with muslin or cheap cotton, might help a lot and save you money!

  2. I love the 1940s styles too--so glamorous! the blue drapey gown with wispy full skirt is my favorite, though the red dress with the sleeves is simply gorgeous too. I have been preoccupied with costumes lately--wondering how it might be possible to begin incorporating elements into everyday wear, though that is made considerably more difficult with my daily "uniform" of t-shirts and jeans. I'm looking forward to spring weather when I can start pulling out the skirts and dresses again.