Today I would love to take you on a Fashion Illustration Appreciation Journey to the 1940’s!
In this article we will be taking a close-up look at my personal "Home-Sewing" pattern collection, specifically the fashion illustrations found on the front of my Vintage Sewing Pattern envelopes! The patterns I have selected to share with you today are straight from the 1940’s!
Whenever I pull out these gems, I am in awe! The condition of these paper patterns alone amazes me! And then... the illustrations!
Just studying the lovely fashion illustrations that grace the covers of these vintage pattern envelopes are sure to inspire! Hence, my desire to scan, and archive these treasures to share with those that may not have access to such historical fashion illustrations!
As of yet, I have not used these patterns for sewing, merely for fashion inspiration. However, I do plan on creating a few blouses using my vintage sewing pattern, Simplicity Pattern 4864 soon! I will keep you, Dear Reader, updated on that endeavor!
Following are the 25 Vintage Sewing Patterns printed in the 1940's, that I hired my two teenagers to scan for me!
Printed in 1940-1949: Pattern Numbers 2348-5370
Printed in 1940: Pattern Numbers 1929-1998
1941-1949: Pattern Numbers 559-2170
McCall Printed Pattern
Printed in 1940-1949: Pattern Numbers 3505-7867
Simplicity Printed Pattern
Printed in 1940-1944: Pattern Numbers 3264-4999
1944-1949: Pattern Numbers 1000-2715
I hope that you have enjoyed viewing this photo collection of my Vintage Sewing Patterns from the 1940's! 1940's Fashion has always been an inspiration to me, and after studying these illustrations it is no wonder that 1940's Fashion has continued to inspire so many, for decades there after!
If seeing these lovely vintage fashion illustrations, from the 1940's, are intriguing to you, I have a few more fashion illustration resources to recommend:
From my fashion and sewing library, I have the lovely book of sewing pattern illustrations: Blueprints of Fashion, Home Sewing Patterns of the 1940's, by Wade Laboissonniere. This book is laid out in a similar fashion as this blog article, it features scanned archived photos of the original sewing pattern envelopes from the 1940's, with a large collection of over 550 images! I also have the 1950's Volume of Blueprints of Fashion, which is just as amazing.
The book, Dress Design: Draping and Flat Pattern Making by Hillhouse and Mansfield is a pattern drafting book from 1948! That is a book I could do a whole article on alone! If that is something you would like to see more of, let me know! I am privileged to have several vintage design books within my library!
Another fantastic fashion resource regarding 1940's Fashion is this video by Vogue, narrated by Sarah Jessica Parker:
Lastly, I'd love to share with you a fun 1940's relic within my Sewing Workroom: this lovely 1944 Singer, with the owner's manual and desk! I hope to fully restore, or at least clean her up, one day!
Thank you again for reading my blog! I hope 1940's Fashion has inspired you as much as it has me!
I have plans to continue this Blog Series with a photo collection of more of my vintage sewing patterns from other decades, as well as fashion illustrations from patterns that are vintage reproductions! Leave me a comment below on your thoughts, what you like or do not like about 1940's fashion, or what decade inspires you?
Now, I'm off to start sewing!
Have an Inspired Day!
On March 10th, 2020, the winner of a Facebook Group Art Contest was announced... and...Surprise! My artwork was the grand prize winner!
Check out the drawing I created specifically for this contest:
Two weeks ago, a contest was published on a Facebook Group that I belong to called, "PEZ For Sale". This group allows group members to sell or buy PEZ Dispensers. PEZ Dispenser Collecting has been a lifelong hobby of mine, I currently have over 1000 PEZ Dispensers along with other PEZ merchandise and memorabilia! You can check out my growing collection HERE.
As a member of the "PEZ For Sale" Facebook Group, I have purchased some great pieces over that past year or so, and have gotten some great deals. When the contest was announced, I was very intrigued, and definitely wanted to participate!
Landon Proctor, one of the group administrators, posted a video on the "PEZ For Sale" Group Page, explaining that he wanted to hold an art contest so that group members would create an art piece that he could use as a Cover Photo for the Group's Page. All entries must meet the size requirements of a Facebook Cover Page, and include the words "PEZ For Sale". Other than that the artwork could be created in any way, it could be a digital artwork, a photograph, a drawing, anything really. The contestants were given several days before the deadline of submission. Once the deadline approached, Landon Proctor would judge the entries by choosing the art that he liked the best as The Grand Prize Winner. The grand prize would be two (one red and one blue) of the NEW Disney Parks Monorail Pez Dispenser Display!
Click here to read an article, about these new displays, published on WDW News Today's Website:
New Disney Parks Monorail PEZ Dispenser Display
As you can imagine, I was super excited to have an opportunity to win these unique PEZ Displays! I do not plan on visiting Disneyland soon, and the California Park is the only place these are currently being sold. I immediately began brainstorming ideas, knowing I would draw something by hand for my entry. I then busted out my trusty pencil, eraser, sketch pad, Copic Multiliner Ink Set, and my Prismacolor Color Pencils!
Work in Progress...
I love drawing, and find PEZ Dispensers especially fun to draw the likeness of! I decided for my entry I would draw something festival inspired, with a carousel, that had (instead of the traditional horses), PEZ Dispensers! I also thought it would be cute to add a festival inspired banner with the words, "PEZ For Sale", along with some iconic and newly released dispensers. I particularly loved drawing that (oh so cute) Hello Kitty Llama PEZ Dispenser! I then added a PEZ Girl and a PEZ Boy to each side of my main drawing to widen my artwork so it would meet the dimension requirements for a Facebook Cover Photo. I spent a good several hours on my drawing over the span of two days... then I uploaded it to the entry site...
My Prize Arrives!
Today, Wednesday, March 18th, 2020, a package arrived from Burbank, California! It was my fabulous Grand Prize from Landon Proctor of the "PEZ For Sale" Facebook Group! My two oldest children huddled around me anxiously, as I opened the box revealing these lovely Disney Parks Monorail PEZ Candy Dispenser Displays! It is so exciting to add these unique pieces to my collection! I am so grateful to Landon Proctor for choosing my drawing as the winner, and for offering such a generous prize!
Check out a few photos that I took, using my Vintage Mickey and Vintage Donald Duck PEZ Dispensers as models!
Surprisingly, there are many contest that I have found on Facebook, and other Social Media sites, through various pages that I 'Like" or groups that I am a member of, especially in the PEZ Collecting Community! In the past year or two, I have entered several contests.
Check out a few of my past Contest Entries:
This is the Envelope Art that I created in May of 2019, and submitted to an Envelope Art Contest held by The Portugal PEZ Gathering. Contestants were invited to participate from all around the world, and were asked to send their entry by mail all the way to Portugal! I thought it was such a clever idea to have entries arrive this way! Imagine the interesting effect of postage and post office stamps on the Envelope Artwork! Although my envelope was not a winner, I was sent a participation gift, along with someone else's Envelope Art that was created at The Portugal PEZ Gathering of 2019. This was a really awesome contest to be a part of!
This is my entry into a Funko Pop! PEZ Photography Contest, with a prize of a Gold Huckleberry Hound Funko Pop! PEZ Dispenser, sent to the winner directly from Funko! For my entry, I used a mixed media approach, and re-created a cover of a Huckleberry Hound Comic Book! I drew the cow, moon, and spaceship, and then I cut them out, suspending them with thread, over blue fabric, with my Funko Pop! Huckleberry Hound PEZ Dispenser inside! I was really happy with the effect, but unfortunately, this was not a winning photo...
In the future I plan to continue to use my artistic abilities to enter as many contests as offered! I have found it extremely fun to create art for these contests, even if I have only won once (which is awesome enough for me!)!
Thank you for reading about my Winning Artwork for the "PEZ For Sale" Art Contest! I look forward to sharing with you many more art and fashion projects in the months to come!
Have a very PEZZY Day!
My how fast the year passes by, and in a blink of an eye, the seasons change, our beloved October has come and gone, and (depending on where you live) wintery days are finally upon us!
Here is the Official Rules of #Inktober, as well as the Official 2019 #Inktober Prompt List:
As for myself, this is the second year that I have decided, and been able to, participate in #Inktober.
The first year I participated in Inktober was in 2017. During that year, I decided to opt out of using the provided Prompt List, and instead chose to focus my drawing mostly on Fashion Illustrations. You can check out the Blog Post that I put together about my participation in #Inktober2017, which includes each of my 31 illustrations from October 2017, by clicking HERE.
Last year, during October 2018, I had fully intended on participating in Inktober once again, however, before I knew it, October 2018 came and went! I drew a measly three ink drawings during the entire month!
Check them out:
My #Inktober2019 Illustrations!
Whenever I have the time to do so, which isn't very often, I love drawing Fashion Illustrations, or completing some sort of art project. Although I have been drawing all of my life, drawing women's faces has always been a challenge for me. When I took Fashion Illustration Classes in college, I began to improve in this area, but I still wasn't that good. During Inktober 2017, I began to get even better at drawing women's faces (which is the whole reason for Inktober: To improve in our inking!)! During that particular fall, I found that my rendering of a woman's face in pencil was fairly good, but then as I began to ink the drawing, my lady's faces became monstrous! My goal for #Inktober2019 is to improve in this area even more so!
As October began to approach again this year, I made the goal to create 31 Ink Drawings, by challenging myself to draw (mostly) fashion related illustrations to sharpen, and fine tune, my inking skills! Usually, my preferred Inking Medium is Sharpies, regular and fine-tip, but this year I treated my Husband, and myself, to a new set of Copic Multiliner Ink Pens! I absolutely love them! Having this lovely fresh set of ink surely inspired me to keep on drawing! I also noticed that as I switched from Sharpies to Copics, and began using the various pens included in the Multiliner Set, I was able to keep the delicate details in my drawings of women's faces, that I was able to achieve with a sharp pencil! My drawings of women faces began to improve drastically! I hope that I can continue to advance in my face drawing, and in my inking skills!
Lets see how I do!
Now, continue to scroll down to view all 31 of my #Inktober 2019 Illustrations!
At this point, during my Inktober Challenge, I started using my new Copic Multiliner Ink Pen Set. I found that with the various multiliners included in this set, I was able to achieve much more detail in my cross-hatching and line work! Check out the following Fashion Illustration that I drew starting on Day 6. It is so much better than the illustration I completed just days before on Day 5! Also compare my drawing on Day 7, vs. Day 5: I used my Copics on Day 7 to create a full-body fashion illustration, where on Day 5 I used a Fine-Tip Sharpie. I am so excited with the outcome!
Whew, that's all of them!
I hope that you enjoyed viewing my #Inktober2019 Illustrations, as much as I enjoyed drawing and improving in my drawing and inking skills! Inktober 2019 proved again how challenging it is to find time each day to complete a drawing. I found myself simplifying my illustrations due to time. However, I am really happy with all of my artwork! Of course, I still have much improvement to grow, and I can't wait to start Inktober 2020! You know it will be here soon!
I would love to hear your feedback on what you thought of my drawings! Which were your favorites? I personally love drawing Fashion Illustrations of Shoes! Which is something I never thought I would be as good at! I also found out how much I love my Copic Multiliner Pen Set!
Did you participate in #Inktober2019? If so, share a link to your work in the comments below! Let me know what type of ink pens you used or prefer! I would love to see your art, and hear about your experience!
Thank you for reading my Blog!
Have an Ink-credible Day!
I don't have many pieces of artwork that I created from childhood and adolescence. Since the age of 18 I found myself moving frequently, and inevitably loosing some of my portfolio folders and sketchbooks in the many moves, or lost to environmental damage. Although drawing since a child, Art Classes in High School, Junior College, and College, really helped fine tune my skill, providing me with the knowledge of various artistic techniques.
I recently found a few portfolio folders that contained some of my Still Life Drawings from High School Art Class, and from a beginning drawing class that I took in Junior College...
I found the contrast between my work from the two classes very interesting.
Here, to the left, is a Still Life Drawing that I rendered in Charcoal, while in High School. The Second drawing, to the right, is similar in subject matter, a Still Life Drawing of a bottle gourd, also in Charcoal, but was completed about three years later, while I was in Junior College.
Quite an improvement in dimension and shading I would say!
While taking that beginning art course in Junior College, students would draw for 4 hour sessions, practicing the techniques we were taught that week. My professor would play Blondie's Greatest Hits, set up mannequins, suitcases, gourds, old gas cans, and other interesting objects, in the middle of the room, while all the students spent hours just drawing the items that we saw. We practiced shading the contrast of light and shadows.
Here are a few drawings that I still have from that class that I drew of the mannequins my professor had. These are still a few of my favorite drawings. Maybe one day I will frame them and hang them in a dressing room. In the mean time, Enjoy!
If you enjoyed viewing a few of my Still Life Drawings of Yesteryear,
please leave me a comment below!
Thank you for reading my Blog! Have an Artfully Artistic Day!!
According to Jake's website (www.mrjakeparker.com), "Anyone can do Inktober, just pick up a pen and start drawing."
Check out this Inktober Video to get a more in depth viewing of "How To Do Inktober!":
Last year, in 2016, my artistically gifted husband, Javier Rangel, participated in #Inktober, by challenging himself to create an ink drawing each of the 31 days. This past October, Javier began to hashtag his ink drawings with #Inktober again, and I too became inspired to try to challenge myself to draw more!
I have been drawing ever since I was a kid. As the years past by, and my education of Art and Art Techniques advanced, my drawing skills advanced as well. After studying Fashion Illustration in Fashion Design College, I began to fine tune my drawing skills in body proportion, drawing clothing details, and rendering human faces.
While participating in #Inktober 2017, I did not follow the given prompts by #Inktober's Official Website (shown above), but instead focused my illustrations primarily on Fashion! I mostly used recent issues of Vogue for inspiration, although there are a few sketches inspired elsewhere.
You can find my illustrations posted on my Fashion Design Facebook page by clicking here.
Or check out my Instagram.
My husband, Javier's art work, can be found on his Instagram page by clicking here.
Or simply scroll down to check out my 31 ink drawings!
My #Inktober Illustrations!
I truly loved participating in the #Inktober Challenge of drawing each and every day throughout the month of October. I found it most challenging to simply find the time during my day to draw. However, as the days passed by, I noticed my rusty inkmenship and shading techniques improve, as well as other areas I drastically need improvement on! I have always needed more practice drawing woman's faces!
Nevertheless, I hope that you enjoyed viewing my #Inktober Illustrations!
Please feel free to share with me your experiences if you too participated in #Inktober by writing a comment, and sharing with me your Instagram Page link! I would love to see your work!
Or let me know which illustrations of mine you enjoyed the most!
Thank you for reading my blog, and have an INKtastic day!
While studying Art History in college, I was continually inspired by art works of the past to create fashion of the future. Today, fashion influenced by art is a familiar concept. The examples of art and fashion in Fashion's Modern History is plentiful. Looking back, Elsa Schiaparelli collaborated with Salvador Dali in 1939, creating several Haute Couture pieces, including her famous Lobster Dress, worn by Wallace Simpson (The Duchess of Windsor). In 1965, Yves St. Laurent created a couture collection inspired by the fine-art work of Piet Mondrian. Recently, popular clothing e-commerce retailer, ModCloth, has created dresses inspired by Vincent VanGogh, with his famous Starry Night Painting printed on the fabric.
Examples of Minoan Frescoes
As I learned about the ancient Minoan Culture, which was located on the island of Crete, now in modern day Greece, I became inspired by the lovely Minoan Frescoes that were depicted in my history book. The beautiful hues of blue, brown, and gold, alongside stark black and red, were striking and distinctive...
The word fresco, is an Italian word that means 'fresh'. The term fresco refers to an art work where the artist has used water based pigment applied to the plaster on a wall while the plaster is still wet. As the plaster dries, the paint that has penetrated the plaster becomes fixed, or bonded to the wall. Frescoes were popular in the ancient world, and were quite common for painting large murals during the Renaissance. Leonardo da Vinci, used this method while creating The Last Supper, as did Michelangelo while painting the Sistine Chapel.
Here are a few examples of Minoan Frescoes that I found to be quite beautiful, and inspiring:
Creating a Minoan Inspired Hand-Painted Skirt
Later on, in my college career, I decided to create an article of clothing inspired by the Minoan Fresco of the women, for my final project in Art History Class. For this project we were asked to create something inspired by the Art History we had learned about during the semester. The options were endless. Some students who were working towards a degree in Graphic Design decided to recreate historical artworks through their use of photography, while I myself wanted to re-create an artwork using my education in fashion. I decided instead of creating the Minoan Inspired Swimsuit I had illustrated previously, I would create a Hand-Painted Minoan Inspired Skirt.
To create this look, I first assembled the front panels of the skirt, made of canvas, and then, laying the fabric flat, I Hand-Painted the Minoan Inspired design using Fabric Paint. I then layered a sheer aqua blue Organza over the painted canvas to create dynamic dimension. I wanted the final look of the skirt to be just as striking as the Minoan Fresco that had inspired me.
Check out the photos I took as I Hand-Painted, free-handedly, my rendition of the Minoan Woman:
Here I am wearing the finished skirt during a Student Showcase at my college:
Here is a photo of the lovely model, Marisa Johnson wearing my skirt on her trip to Greece!
I hope that you enjoyed this Blog Post about my fashion inspiration, and creating a Hand-Painted Minoan Inspired Skirt! I was very pleased with the final result, and have since used the technique of hand-painting motifs on other outfits I have created.
I would love to hear your feedback, on my Blog Post, my skirt, or what historical art has inspired you. Leave me a comment below!
I look forward to sharing with you more adventures of fashion creation,
in my upcoming Blog Articles!
Until then... Have a extraordinary day!
Hello Readers! Welcome to my Blog! I am Roxanne Rodriguez Rangel, a Fashion Designer from Northern California. I love all things Fashion, particularly historical fashion! Join me, as I take you around Northern California, covering fashion events and related topics!