Fall 2010 Inspiration

I have always enjoyed reading magazines. My focus was always content. Since I started sewing for myself in May, I am no longer seeing fashion magazines the same way.  I absolutely need my phone next to me so I can snap away at all the little details on images that inspire me. Here are some that wowed me.

These cute scallop edge pockets on this Miu Miu dress on the magazine cover.

or this beautiful and elegant lace dress.

It is such a basic shift dress. What a difference fabric choice and added bow make!

Then, there were other images which led me to check out full collections at style.com. Like many women out there, I am totally in love with the Louis Vuitton Fall RTW 2010 Collection especially these 50s inspired dresses with corset tops, wide shoulder straps and circle skirts. The pointy heels, ponytails, skinny belts or ribbons completed the look. It has got to be my favorite collection this fall and the autumn hues are awesome!

Sophia from iroiro, had also expressed her adoration for this collection on her blog. Here are some sewing patterns with great potential which I’ll like to highlight for the sake of anyone, like us, who love to sew and love the look.

First up, Vogue 8288 which Suzannah from Adventure in Dressmaking used for making this super sweet corset dress.

As Sophia highlighted to me, there’s also Vogue 1174. When I saw the photo, I remembered Tasia’s (Sewaholic) stunning dress.

For the long circle skirt, there is a tutorial here and an alternative is the panel skirt. You can find a brief tutorial by Un Chic Petit.

There is another collection that rocks in a different way. See the mix of mesh fabric over cut outs on these dresses in Proenza Schouler’s Fall 2010 Collection? Love them! I thought the black and white plaid dress was magnificent and love love love that crazy plaid print! Is it even plaid when laid flat I wonder?

This vintage sewing pattern of a similar babydoll design is from SewingwithMissDandy. It’s McCall’s 3832. The neckline has to be raised though for the cut out to be above the bust.

How adorable are these dresses with 50s vibes from the Prada Fall 2010 Collection?  The ruffles on the upper bodice works wonders for body proportions. However, I couldn’t help thinking if the bare midriff was necessary. What do you think?

I thought Vintage McCalls 4120 is not only perfect for modifications (In fact most 50s dress patterns with a round circle skirt will probably do) but I liked this one in particular cos it contains pattern pieces to create all those fabulous retro necklines! It’s available at Tricotgirl.

Do you have a favorite dress? Are you already working on a sewing project similar to these?

This is my second runway cum vintage pattern related post since Resort 2011: Retro Inspiration. I hope the images and patterns inspire you.  As for me, I need to think about how to adapt the vintage and new patterns I have or search for pdf ones online to recreate the look. The problem is the shipping cost to where I am. It is almost always higher than the pattern cost.

Did someone say Holiday Wardrobe Project? Yes, I am still working on that. Aren’t we ladies created to be fantastic at multi-tasking? Now, back to reading the magazine’s content. Have a great weekend my sewing comrades!

Photos source: Elle Singapore and Style.com


13 thoughts on “Fall 2010 Inspiration

  1. I know what you mean about fashion magazines – so many inspirational looks and details! I’m trying to save up for a subscription to Women’s Wear Daily. That Miu Miu dress with the scalloped pockets is fab! And those Proenza Schouler babydoll dresses are just the cutest!

  2. My non-sewy friends scorn my love of the Sept. issues of Vogue and Instyle. They say too may ads; I say yes, exactly!! Oh, the inspiratio!

  3. I am glad you feel the same way! I love the feeling of flipping through magazines and feeling utterly inspired! Good luck saving up for the subscription, I’m sure it will be worth it!

  4. Just an idea for vintage patterns, I bought some in EMMAUS in France for quite nothing. I don’t known if you have such a thing where you live, if you have, have a look and you probably will find something. And I realy like all the clothes you make. (apologize my english)

  5. Oh! I wish we have such shops here. I have not found any yet though so I used to buy most of my vintage patterns from esty or from sewing contacts. Thanks so much, I am happy you like the stuff I made and your English is perfect!

  6. Merci Peggy! Thank you so much for the offer. You are so kind and I really appreciate it! nonetheless, I think the shipping cost might be rather high. I managed to get some cute vintage patterns from a friend in the US who was selling them at only $1 each (what a bargain!) but both of us agreed that the shipping sucked as it was higher than the patterns. So, as much as I would love to have more 50s patterns, I think I would have to very reluctantly give this a miss. I hope you don’t mind and thank you for being so thoughtful!

  7. Oh, I just saw this when I was looking for ‘Prada Schiaparelli’. I know this comment came 7 years later…sorry I didn’t read this sooner. I discovered your blog only a few years ago. I think that ‘baby doll dress’ in Proenza Schouler’s Fall 2010 Collection looks more like a very short swing coat-dress. There is no seamline on the waist and the back has a deep inverted box pleat that makes it very ‘swingy’ when I watched the video of the fashion show on Youtube. It’s absolutely lovely! Wish I had the body for it.

  8. Oh sorry…I meant there is a seamline, but way too high up for that McCall’s 3832 pattern. So I would consider more as a swing coatdress instead of a baby doll dress.

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