Watching this little video by The Guardian yesterday produced an uncharacteristically smug feeling in me. It features 1950s dresses on the high-street for those who want to get on board with this summer's vintage trend, but all I could think about is that we (possibly I and most definitely you talented lot) could do it even better!
Don't get me wrong, I love it when vintage, classic and retro designs hit the runways, and subsequently high streets, spreading awareness further. I also think that some of the featured dresses are cute, but not cute enough to pay extortionate prices for.
Take the dress the 'presenter' is wearing for example. A pretty Jonathan Saunders number, costing a whopping £825!?! I'm sorry, but it's not dissimilar to this dress made by Kerry of Kestrel Finds and Makes and I think Kerry's make has a much more interesting neckline and authentic feel about it. It's so fabulous and only cost Kerry around £30. Among the other 'pricey' dresses featured (ranging from £60 to £157) there are some nice enough designs, but I know I would struggle to find my desired length and fit amongst them.
Even the more affordable dresses, for example the £39.50 London novelty print one from Dorothy Perkins, left me feeling a little cold. In fact, I think this dress by Amy of Sewing Through the Motions is much, much sweeter. The other thing about the more affordable dresses was that they are borderline boring and lacking in the detail that vintage sewing patterns are so popular for and that home sewers are so good at adding.
There are countless more examples like Kerry and Amy, so yes, the film made me feel smug to be a part of this talented community, where making awesome and affordable vintage-inspired dresses is commonplace and downright inspiring.
Do you think we do it better?