Vintage Fashion + IKEA = Inspo

Calling all lovers of vintage fashion and crafting! The Vintage Patterns Wiki has just released more than 80,000 out-of-print vintage sewing patterns, free to browse and use. Thanks to my friend and fellow blogger Bill for bringing this to my attention (psst…Bill is also a best-selling author and pickle tycoon – you might want to follow him!).

If you saw my no-sew fabric bunting post, you might remember that sewing and I are not friends. I feel the same way about it as I do Taylor Swift – I can’t stand it, but it’s wholesome and sweet, so I enthusiastically support other people who love it.

Browsing through these vintage patterns is pretty fun and nostalgic. Although it’s too ambitious of a project for me right now, it got me thinking that you could really up the ante by using IKEA textiles to make some of these garments. IKEA’s textiles are some of the most affordable out there as far as I can tell. Their signature brand of ditsy and bold patterns would work amazingly for a retro creation. Here are some pairings that get my wheels turning:

  1. Rosenrips fabric + Scoop neck sleeveless dress (1959)

2. Mattram curtains + Circular skirt (1952)

3. Dorthy fabric + Aprons and oven mitts (1965)

Right?! This is not a new idea. That Black Chic proves how fabulous IKEA fabrics can look when transformed into clothing.

Now I feel like I need to make an IKEA run. Clearance fabric bin first of course!

🙂 Jessica

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