What are style lines?

Introduction The basic pattern, a/k/a sloper, is the blueprint of a person’s body. It is a one dimensional representation of the measurements of the body used within a pattern drafting system. Or, the dress form itself is the basic pattern in three dimensional form. It represents the standard size or the size of the personContinue reading “What are style lines?”

Dressmaking Past & Present: Tailoring a dressmaker’s suit-Tips from Coats & Clark in the 1940s

Introduction Dressmaking Past & Present is a new feature at Pour Moi. Fashion History provides us with inspirations for our personal style. Understanding and learning about techniques used in the past and the present helps us find a variety of methods for possible use in our own projects. This week, I put up some scansContinue reading “Dressmaking Past & Present: Tailoring a dressmaker’s suit-Tips from Coats & Clark in the 1940s”

Classic Accessories: Clutch Purse, 1940s Crochet Pattern

Introduction A clutch purse never goes out of style. It can be used for a formal occasion. Or, it can be popped into a larger tote bag when going out for the day and come out later for use. Clutch purses are not meant to hold everything. Just what is needed for an afternoon orContinue reading “Classic Accessories: Clutch Purse, 1940s Crochet Pattern”

The Linda Walking Skirt and Short Dolman Sleeve Blouse, 1940s style

Introduction Last Spring I began development of a walking skirt and short dolman sleeve blouse based on two vintage pattern illustrations. I studied the wardrobe basics of 1940s everyday women’s wear. Clothing in the early to mid-1940s had to be functional. Fabrics, threads and notions were not easily available due to rationing. All resources, includingContinue reading “The Linda Walking Skirt and Short Dolman Sleeve Blouse, 1940s style”

Styling Adventure: Taking inspiration from a retro look

Introduction It is possible to create a retro inspired look interpreted through your own style sensibility. You do not even need to have authentic vintage fashions and accessories to do this. What you do need is a sense of adventure and a keen eye. These can be applied when evaluating the clothes and accessories youContinue reading “Styling Adventure: Taking inspiration from a retro look”

Free Pat Perkins 1950s inspired Repro Dress Pattern

Introduction Left: First sketch. Right: Finished dress. I am releasing my pattern for the Alice Elizabeth dress into the public domain. You are free to download and size it up or down in a graphics program. You can alter the design. I also give permission to use it privately or commercially. This is a basicContinue reading “Free Pat Perkins 1950s inspired Repro Dress Pattern”

Pat Perkins Everyday Dress, circa 1950s – Analysis

Introduction Further consideration of my plans for my next project is needed. The sketch of the chambray shirtwaist dress expresses my idea. However, the details I had envisioned must be changed. I had planned on having in-seam buttonholes. I have been wanting to try this kind of buttonhole for a long time. I want toContinue reading “Pat Perkins Everyday Dress, circa 1950s – Analysis”

Spring!: My recreation of a Vintage Blouse

Introduction I purchased an early 1960s blouse by the Tropicana company during the furlough from my job due to COVID-19 this past Spring. The blouse provided a fun challenge to me during those days at home. I decided to renew my skills in draping and recreate as much as possible the blouse. As happens, theContinue reading “Spring!: My recreation of a Vintage Blouse”