Get a tailor-made vintage look
On the heels of the DIY and vintage fashion frenzies, classic dress patterns are making a comeback. And while we may not break out the needle and thread to get the look, we're keeping our tailor on standby.
You know a style is having a moment when Vogue gets behind it: The magazine just released its archival patterns from the '50s ($16 each), with step-by-step instructions for recreating those flattering nipped-in waistlines.
The new Famous Frocks sewing book ($30) features patterns for iconic fashions such as Marilyn Monroe's white halter dress and Jackie O.'s prim and proper inauguration suit. Most looks require advanced stitching skills, but novice seamstresses will appreciate the beginner-level tips for cutting cloth and threading needles.
Mena Trott posts a weekly sewing project consisting of vintage fabrics and details on her DIY blog. Each look is accompanied by shoppable embellishments--so if a given pattern isn't a perfect fit, you can embrace the look with a feathered headband or platform heels.
Journalist-turned-milliner Mary Jane Baxter makes impressive accessories from recycled materials on her crafty website. Her forthcoming book, Chic on a Shoestring (out May 1), shows readers how to make '40s-style turbans out of T-shirts and embellished gloves from old sweaters.