Did I talk already about the Nine West Vintage America Collection? It’s been rolling out slowly but I think all the pieces are available now. I can’t remember where I heard about it originally, but I recall the description sounding like a line of clothes and shoes I would really love to wear. I’m actually pretty disappointed in it over all. I love the flats: Coby and Cambric (especially in the green and wine respectively). And the Fiddle boots are fantastic. The tops and jeans are exceptionally uninspired. I mean sure I’d wear them, but only if I found them at a thrift store for under $5. Definitely not things I’d buy new or bother to try and make.
Since I started sewing again I’ve been thinking a lot about clothes. I own way more clothing than one person needs. I’ve been meditating for a long time on trimming down my wardrobe to essentials. I’ve been slowly working on this. For every item of clothing I buy, I have to get rid of two similar items (this doesn’t count for things I sew myself). I’ve tried hard to imagine what few, fabulous, well constructed necessities I’d need.
The idea of a vintage Americana line of clothing really appeals to me. I’m all over the place in what I wear. If I even have a defined style it’s definitely all my own because I take stuff from all eras and looks. I’m not even sure I would want to wear just a vintage Americana collection, but I would love to design one. Ever since I saw the Nine West collection I’ve been imagining what would be in mine. A pair or two of jeans, I guess. A couple pairs of vintage looking cowboy boots. Old fashioned looking blouses (like this and this and this). 1950s-ish sundresses. Cardigans. A decent denim jacket with nothing fancy about it and good pockets. Librarian-y shirtdresses in interesting non-floral prints. A-line skirts in nifty border prints. 1930 and 1940s styled dress shoes. Comfortable t-shirts cut for women out of soft cottons. Practical, well sized handbags in elaborately tooled leather.
I have to give this more thought. I’m half tempted to start a scrapbook or something to keep track of this idea. Not that it hasn’t been done, or that I am going to revolutionize anything. I don’t even have the sewing skills to make half this stuff. But I like thinking about it.