In the 1960's patterns mostly stuck with character drawings, but began to photograph live models wearing the clothing.
The 60's era began much like the end of the 1950's, but very quickly began to take on a new style with the new first lady, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
That's not to say I wouldn't mind making a couple June Cleaver type dresses, but mainly my personality and what I am used to wearing is more figure flattering for the 1940's.
I'd really love to find a 1940's military style dress pattern with a hat. Dating old sewing patterns isn't as easy as just looking on the pattern envelope...
In the 1950's characters were in full Technicolor glory! An hourglass figure was achieved by wearing foundation garments.
Once the war was over the government released restrictions on fashion and in a rebellious nature Christian Dior created the bell dress which required wearing a petticoat underneath to help fill out the bottom half of the dress. Many of his runway designs used up to 5 yards of fabric in the skirt alone!
Fashion sense in the 1940's was all based upon the war.
The US government was rationing items such as cloth, rubber, and metal so the fashion industry had to adapt.
Early 1950's elaborate patterns, such as coats, suit sets etc.
Children's garments were sewn with the idea of passing them down to younger family members.
In the 1940's character sketches were more detailed, but generally the pattern envelopes were only printed in 2-3 colors in the early-mid 40's. The character featured generally had small pointy lips, defined small facial features, her hair was curled under or tightly coiffed.
During the depression era women began to sew more now than ever before.
Clothing was mended time and time again before just being tossed to the wayside.
In contrast, Chanel didn't care for Dior's New Look, and reinvented her designs to a more boxy suit jacket and slim pencil skirts.