Beaded short sleeve Spider web sweater- Made by me!
1940’s peep toe shoes- Ebay
Vintage high waist shorts- had these since I was a teenager, don’t know where they came from.
For many years, I have been flirting with the idea of starting a fashion line. It has always been something I wanted to do, but was not quite sure what my inspiration would be or what kind of clothing I would produce. Since my teens, I have always had a fashion for passion (vintage especially) but really had no direction to what I would do. The problem is, I can’t use a sewing machine to save my life, so all the ideas I would come up with would stay stuck inside my head.
As much as I love real vintage, it does have some downfalls, especially for everyday wear. Where one might be ok wearing something from the 1950s and newer every day, older stuff just does not hold up that well. I had vintage pieces from the 1920s-40s that I wore to death in my early 20s. Once gone, they can really never come back. As I have gotten older (and hopefully wiser) I have started to use my older pieces only for special occasions and vintage events. Most of the vintage I wear every day is ’50s and newer.
Another downfall to vintage is that it can’t be bought in a size right off the rack. You can find the most beautiful piece in the world, but if it doesn’t fit you either have to pass on it or alter the piece. Many vintage collectors frown upon any major alterations to a vintage piece, especially major ones.
And a personal downfall for me (and probably anyone else with fibromyalgia or any like condition) is sensitivity to fabric. Many garments that are vintage are actually made with great fabric. Cotton, silk, even rayon are great fabric for sensitive skin. Where I run into issues is with one item I really love: Sweaters.
Rare exceptions aside, most vintage sweaters are made from wool, cashmere or maybe a synthetic like orlon or acrylic. All of these fabrics drive me crazy.
When trying to find high-quality vintage reproductions, I have found they are often made out of polyester or other synthetic materials. They are also pricey and do not have the same attention to detail that many vintage pieces have. The other issue is that they are either so divorced what a garment from the era they are trying to reproduce actually looked like or it looks way too much like the actual garment and starts to look a little costumey. I wanted to design a line of clothing centering around knit wear, and a few dresses, skirts and pants. I want to create clothing that is not vintage, but not modern. It’s timeless, unique and most importantly comfortable.
The line will center around unique knitwear. I knew when I started thinking up this line, I wanted to replicate the beautiful novelty and embellished sweaters of the early eras while having sweaters that were soft, comfortable and breathable. The sweaters I am developing are made out of high-quality cotton, something I have no trouble wearing.
My sweaters will be based novelty motifs from the 1930s-1960s, mostly concentrating on the 1940s and ’50s.