10/05 - I finally have access to a working scanner, again, and have a fairly substantial backlog of stuff to catch up with. Over the past couple of years, I've lucked into a few vintage sewing patterns at local thrift stores, which have the advantage of being cheap, although the disadvantage of usually featuring fashion illustrations, not actual photographs. Regardless of that, I'm scanning 'em in and have just added a slew of McCall's patterns to the archive. Next up: Simplicity, Butterick and a few more issues of Vogue's Sewing magazine.
In Case You Were Wondering...
This site is a small archive of images of women's fashion in the 1960's, mostly the late 60s, all scanned from period sources. All told, this site hosts approximately 500 images. I've done this just because I'm an improv/LARPer who likes to sew and is a fiend for historical accuracy. I've made this site for others who are like-minded. Both of them. Check out my links page to find other nifty sites, including my own extensive archive of costume resources for LARPers.
If you're wondering, I'm not really much of a 60s junkie, but I acquired some source material in anticipation of an event - although how I ended up with all this late-60s stuff for an event sent in 1963, I'll never know - and after I noticed that an awful lot of traffic was coming to my other site in search of costuming reference, I figured there must be a need for this sort of thing. Getting laid off (still am, bah) gave me the time to put a few hours in with the computer, and this site is the result. I hope you enjoy it. If you did, drop me a line. I love compliments.
But I will admit that since I started working on this project, I've developed a new affection for mini-dresses and the maxi look. This also fails to make sense, as both looks are totally unflattering as real women such as myself but, heck, one can admire from afar.
Please note: NONE OF THESE PATTERNS ARE FOR SALE. Most of them were in pretty bad shape when I got them at the thrift store (ie, I bought them for the cover, not for the pattern itself) and the rest, I'm keeping in my collection. If I put anything up for sale, you'll be the first to know.