Resort 2011: Retro Inspiration!

I do not usually visit In fact, this is probably my second visit to the site. This time round something is distinctly different. I was glued to the site for hours as retro chic has become the buzzword for Resort 2011!

I saw lots of beautiful sheer fabric, scallop edges, soft ruffles and irresistible laces. Thereafter, I went in search of similar vintage sewing patterns for them. I didn’t manage to locate all of them but will update the list whenever I do make new discoveries. Please feel free to let me know if you spot something similar!

Kaftan by Chanel and 1970s Simplicity sewing pattern available at RetroModVintage. Or check out the instructions here.

Dress with scallop facing by Christian Dior and 1971 vintage Simplicity dress with Peter Pan collar available at OneLittleWindow. Scallop facing can be made using the Vain and Vapid tutorial. Flower belt tutorial at Ruffles & Stuff.

Dress with scallop neckline by Marc Jacob and 1960s vintage Simplicity sewing pattern available at mbchills. Or if you have the Built by Wendy Dresses book, this might work. Use the shift dress pattern, shorten the sleeves and hem. Draft your own neckline and facing pieces for the neckline, sleeves and hem.

Pleated Scallop Hem Dress by Collette Dannigan and 1950s Advance vintage sewing pattern available at tricotgirl. The major difference here is the designer dress has pleats which I am not  really sure how to create with a scallop hem.  I am guessing (and this is a super wild guess!) the way might be to create the pleats first, secure them at the bottom of the skirt before creating the scallop edges.  It could also be that the lace fabric the designer used came with scallop edges to start with 😦

Black mini dress by Giambattista Valli and 1950s (I think) vintage Butterick sewing pattern available at mbchills

The styles were minimalist, mod, preppy with a good variation of wrap and shirt dress and bow blouses. The popular hues ranged from black, grey, white, green, purple, blue, orange, red and pink. Mostly in solid pastels.

Pink Dress with white facing by Louis Vuitton and 1970s Simplicity vintage sewing pattern available at frillygirlythings.

Christian Dior

2 piece outfit by Marc Jacob and 1966 vintage Simplicity sewing pattern available at vintagesewingandmore .

Pastel green dress by Versace and 1960s McCall’s Mod Dress sewing pattern available at SewingWithMissDandy

Military inspired Cape with shorts by Stella McCartney and 1960s McCall’s vintage sewing pattern available at sandritocat

The popular prints with designers this season include black and white prints, animal prints, nautical stripes and florals.

Sonia Rykiel

Floral Mod Inspired dress by Stella McCartney and 1960s Mod dress sewing pattern available at SewingWithMissDandy.

Swimsuit by Cynthia Rowley and 1965 Simplicity bathing suit sewing pattern available at Fragolina

Carolina Herrera

Dress by Givenchy and vintage simplicity sewing pattern available at Baby10

I am glad to have spent the time browsing through the many Resort 2011 collections. Most importantly, I saw gorgeous retro inspired designs brought to life in a big way by numerous designers. The experimentations with adaptation, new fabrics, colours and embellishments are just fabulous! Some of us might just own vintage sewing pattern similar to the designers’ creations above!   Now, I can’t wait to get back to sewing retro inspired garments!  If you have been procrastinating on a vintage sewing project, perhaps this will be a great time to start. Do you have a favorite from the outfits above? It’s too difficult for me to pick one. I am torn between Marc Jacob’s scallop neckline dress, Giambattista Valli’s little black dress and Chanel’s kaftan.

Oh! And if you have time, go check out the Louis Vuitton Fall 2010 Campaign shots!

Fashion and runway photos source:


10 thoughts on “Resort 2011: Retro Inspiration!

  1. Wow!!! so lovely.
    I love LV dress very much. simple and very feminine.
    I’ll keep this photo on my next sewing wish project!!
    Thanks for nice tips.

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