Decades of Style came about back in 2005 as way to “have your vintage and wear it too” – because with authentic pieces of vintage clothing, you can’t really do both. If you want to wear vintage clothing as your everyday wardrobe, you are not going to have it for years to come due to fiber degradation and the literal “wear and tear” that occurs to clothing worn on a regular basis. Any textile conservator will admit, no matter how careful you are – vintage clothing dies a little bit more every time you wear it, and sometimes all at once -there is a curry-stained, silk brocade, vintage Cheongsam in our resources collection to prove that point! In addition, the difficulty of finding vintage clothing that would fit today’s average size woman makes it impossible for most ladies to wear authentic vintage pieces on a regular basis. It is an undeniable truth the most vintage clothing is just too small for the average modern woman. A 30” waist is a considered size LARGE in the vintage clothing world. That refers to the garment measurement – not the body measurement! Vintage clothing vendors routinely use the word “rare” when describing an item they consider a size Large – i.e. anything with a waist measurement of 30” or larger. For Decades, a 30” waist is in our middle group of sizes.
If you want to have vintage style clothing that you can actually wear, wash, and fit in comfortably into, then sewing from vintage patterns is the answer. Unfortunately, the “tiny size” issue pervades the vintage pattern world as well. The majority of vintage patterns are in smaller sizes, like a 32” bust.
Decades of Style’s mission is to make vintage sewing patterns and vintage style clothing accessible to anyone, regardless of size, by offering high quality reproductions in a generous range of sizes. The patterns have modern yardages requirements to make them easier to use than the actual vintage patterns. Authentic vintage patterns offer fabric yardages based on fabric no wider than 36″. Decades of Style also standardizes the instructions with more contemporary sewing techniques making sewing them less of a mystery than original vintage patterns. You do have to actually SEW them to get your vintage styles but thanks to online classes, tutorials and sew alongs, learning how to sew is possible for anyone with an internet connection and the desire to learn.
One of the greatest advantages of Decades of Style patterns is that it allows for your creativity to shine through by choice of fabric and any details you add or adjustments you choose to make. While re-enactors and costumers use our patterns with beautiful results, most of our customers use our patterns to make thoroughly unique clothing for a modern life. There are endless possibilities of creations due to the vast array of fabric available to anyone shopping online or lucky enough to be near a great independent fabric store, like Hart’s Fabrics. Decades of Style is working everyday towards our goal of making a vintage style wardrobe accessible for as many differently sized people as possible.
A lot changed in the sewing world during our first decade in business. Social media, sewing blogs, YouTube tutorials and online classes making sewing information accessible to more people than ever before and creating an amazing virtual sewing community. So after 10 years in business and multiple requests, and to further meet our goals of inclusiveness, we launched Decades Everyday. This Microline of patterns as a gateway for any skill level looking to sew vintage styles.
The patterns are specifically designed for anyone newer to sewing or for a more advanced seamstress looking for a quick project. The Everyday patterns still meet our exacting standards of incredible style but are just a weee bit easier to sew then a 1930s evening gown. The suggested fabrics for Decades Everyday include quilting cotton, double gauze, denim and other fabrics easy to sew and easily found online or on the shelves of the local fabric store. So far so good! Decades Everyday has been an exciting adventure for us and we look forward to adding more patterns to the line and to our next dozen years in business!