Ten items that inspire your vintage journey - Part TwoHere is part two of "What are ten items that inspire your vintage journey?" as my entry for Joanna's fantastic give away. Again, if you haven't yet seen the glorious package she's giving away I advice you to do so quickly!
6. Real-Life Photos
As much as I love (love!) watching movies and glamour shots of beautiful actresses from the 1930s and 1940s, I feel that there is nothing better to look at than actual real life photo's if you want to get a realistic impression of what people actually looked like at a specific point in time. It is a great source of inspiration and information if you are going for your own period-accurate look. Additionally, the pictures are often fun to look at all by them selves. How utterly adorable is the girl in this picture?!
7. Vintage Catalogs
Another great source of inspiration and something I can get lost in for hours are vintage catalogs. I don't just think they're great for fashion inspiration, I also enjoy looking at the fabrics for instance. I don't own any catalogs myself, unfortunately, but luckily they are easy to find on the inter webs. Or at least pages of them. You see lots of them pop up on Pinterest and Flickr. And you can buy books with a compilation of Sears catalogs per decade, or even per third of a decade (early 40s, mid 40s and late 40s). The page below comes from the Sears 1943 Christmas catalog. See the full catalog and others here!
8. Vintage Buttons & BucklesEver since I started sewing I have become addicted to vintage buttons and buckles. They form a source of inspiration all on their own. Sometimes I see a set of buttons and start fantasizing about the dress or other garment that would complement them. For instance, I have this set of pretty, small, forest green buttons and I can envision them being attached to an elegant green button-back blouse made from a delicate fabric. The same goes for vintage buckles. Vintage buttons and buckles are just so unique, you don't see them made like that any more. And I especially like the early plastics they are often made of, they are so interesting to the touch.
|Buckles made from Galalith plastics, c. 1930s/1940s - Source|