Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Retro Winter Items From Not-So-Retro Stores

You don't have to shop exclusively at retro reproduction stores to find some great winter retro items.  Since I'm currently in the midst of sharing finds perfect for cold temps and snow storms, I thought I'd share these finds with you.

If you want to look for these things yourself, here are two big tips: 1. Look at stores that were open during the time period you tend to lean towards  and 2. Ask yourself where your grandparents might have shopped.

1940's Corduroy Dress from J. Peterman Company
This dress is a bit heavy for summer, since it's made from corduroy, but it is perfect for winter!  Available in sunset or teal.

Movie Star Coat from J. Peterman Company
This looks a lot like Marilyn Monroe's coat!  It only comes in black.

Glamour Pants from J. Peterman Company
These are 1940s men's trousers adapted for a woman's body.  They come in 11 colors.

Washable Year-Round Wool Pants, Classic Fit Plain Front from LL Bean
Washable wool pants for men!  Bonus, these things come in 5 colors and you can select up to a 36" inseam.

Washable Wool Whipcord Pants from LL Bean
Washable wool again!  Only comes in loden green.  This is more of hunting pant.

Bean Boots by LL Bean
These boots come in various colors and with various types of insulation, you can find them for men and women.  These were designed in 1912 and have been popular ever since.  Traction, waterproof, heavy duty, winter options.

Wool sailor pants!  Only in one color.

 '49er Jacket by Pendleton Wool Mills
This is a classic 1940s and 1950s style wool jacket, kind of like a shirtjac.  There are a few color options to choose from if you search.

 Signature Ashbury Topper by Pendleton Wool Mills
 This is a lovely car coat available in moss or heather grey.

 Signature Manhattan Coat by Pendleton Wool Mills
A classic jacket for the man in a suit!  Only in grey. 

Shawl-Collar Sweater by Pendleton Wool Mills
There are a few various styles and colors available for men.  These are totally classy and very 1940s and 1950s winter wear.

Alaskan Wool Shirt by Woolrich
This is a heavy wool shirtjac that was designed for the Alaskan goldrush back in the 1890s.  It's been popular ever since.  Comes in grey, red/navy, olive, buckskin.

Wool Bomber by Woolrich
Women's wool bomber jacket.  Comes in a few colors.

Sports Coat by Hardwick
Hardwick has been around for a long time.  They made workwear for the troops during WWII and then made an economic rebound by selling sports coats and blazers.  Variety of colors and styles.

Madison Fit Harris Tweed Herringbone Sport Coat by Brooks Brothers
Brooks Brothers actually has a LOT of suiting attire for men.  I suggest checking it out.  You can really get that Indiana Jones look.

Janney Boot by Ugg
An updated version of a classic 40s and 50s winter boot for women.

Ellecia Boot by Ugg
An updated version of a classic 40s and 50s winter boot for women.

An updated version of a classic 40s and 50s winter boot for women.

Snap Front Portuguese Flannel Robe by Vermont Country Store
This was a popular style of robe in the 50s.  The Vermont Country Store has it in three patterns of warm flannel.

Flannel Grandfather Nightshirt by Vermont Country Store
Yes, these are out of vogue for most men but they were still popular in the 40s and 50s.  I have seen the patterns available on etsy and ebay.  There's a variety available in various fabrics.

Men's Classic Leather Slipper by Vermont Country Store
Check out these super classy and super classic leather slippers.  Very vintage-inspired.  They come in black or brown.  You can also find them lined with shearling, as scuffs, and as shearling lined scuffs.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Sewing Retro For Winter

Yesterday I said that I might post this and well...I have time to write up this post.  These are my fabric recommendations and my top 15 pattern recommendations for winter.  Yes, you will find some men's patterns in the line up.

Fabric Recommendations:
The following can be found at Fabric.Com or at your local fabric store.
Jersey Knit
Melton (wool)
Ponte Knit
French Terry Knit
Boucle - This is a soft cotton fabric that is usually used for suits, pants, skirts, and blazers.  No stretch.
Flannel - Flannel is a woven fabric that most people are definitely familiar with.  It comes in plain colors, plaids, prints, etc.  The fabric itself is termed 'flannel' since it is brushed, resulting in softness.  You can find flannel-back satin, if you look.  Flannel comes in various weights.  The heavier flannel is best used for trousers, suits, and dresses.  Lighter flannel is commonly used for pajamas.
Jersey Knit - This is very common, you might know it as t-shirt fabric.  Usually the jersey knit that you purchase by the yard is a slightly different quality and can work for shirts, skirts, and dresses.  Has some stretch.  Comes in plain and prints.
Melton (wool) - This is an 8.5 oz wool that is phenomenal.  It has no stretch and usually only comes in solid colors.  Melton makes incredible skirts, dresses, suits, trousers, and outerwear.
Ponte Knit - This is a mid to heavyweight stretchy fabric that works well in cold weather.  If you are a little big in the butt or something (like me) I highly recommend this for trousers and skirts.  You can find solids and sometimes prints.  Has a 4-way stretch.
Tweed - Similar to flannel, but without the brushing that flannel gets.  Tweed is often used in suits, trousers, skirts, dresses, and outerwear.  Usually it's fairly plain and woven in a herringbone pattern, but you can also find some interesting woven-textures such as the one shown above.
French Terry Knit - Everyone knows this as sweatshirt fabric.  French terry knit is typically used for sweatshirts and sweatpants, but you can use it for outerwear, pants, and other things that require a heavy fabric.  There is some stretch, and as we all know from our favorite sweats, this can stretch out over time and with heavy wear.
Velvet/Velveteen - These fabrics have a pile to them, which means that one side is flat and the other has a "piled" fuzzy side.  Piled fabrics can be a little tricky to sew.  Velveteen is usually 100% cotton and has no stretch.  Velvet is often polyester or a poly-blend and can contain stretch (such as stretch velvet $$$ or stretch panne velvet $).  You can make dresses, skirts, pants, suits, and outerwear with various velvets.

Top 15 Retro Winter Patterns
Before we really get going, let me say that my great grandparents both had jodhpurs (butterick 6433 and 6340) in wool just for fall and winter.


Monday, November 14, 2016

Where To Buy Retro Winter Gear

Today we have snow coming down and it made me think of winter clothes.  Where can  you get winter retro clothes?  I'm talking about clothes worthy of a snowy winter day.  You northern folk know exactly what I'm talking about.

You can, of course, knit your own hats, scarves, mittens, etc or sew your own winter items.  Maybe I'll cover some of that stuff later.  Right now, let's look at shopping!

Morellos Website
You can't do much of anything in the winter if you don't have a good winter coat.  Morellos offers a bunch of styles for men and women.  Below is a few that I personally like.  Aside from coats, Morellos also offers a TON of lovely trousers for men and women.

Freddies of Pinewood
Freddies of Pinewood Website
Winter lends itself to more pant-friendly attire.  I highly recommend Freddies because they have a great selection of denim and trousers for both men and women.  They also have some great sweaters.

Rocket Originals
Rocket Originals Website
I have sweaters from Rocket Originals that I love.  They switch them up every so often.  They also carry their own line of footwear.

On The Sunnyside
On The Sunnyside Website
This is a great store for men.  They sell trousers, shirts, vests, and ties for those loving the 20s, 30s, and 40s.

Walk Over
Walk Over Shoes Website
Need some new day-to-day shoes?  This place has mens and womens with vintage flair.

Annie's Poodle Skirts
When I wear a dress or a skirt in the winter, I prefer it being made from a heavier fabric.  If you aren't making your own skirt, I highly recommend a felt skirt.