I spoke last time about the overlapping of trends through the years. One site I've used frequently for reference is Cemetarian, from which I quote:
That brings me to another resource I often turn to - Vintage Pattern Wiki. I've found this site helpful if I find a vintage pattern I like but isn't in my size. I've also used it to find out if it was even made in my size, and also if it was an original or a reissue.
For example this Spadea pattern N-1215 I got for Christmas! :
It was on Vintage Pattern Wiki that I found out it was re-issued in 1970's as Spadea 71704.
It indicates that with a bit of on-trend styling, this design was worth bringing back a decade later. I paid a little bit more for it than I usually would for vintage patterns, but didn't mind because it could be a truly classic piece in any wardrobe. It also lets me know there could be a dress pattern, Spadea N-1216, floating around out there that would go perfectly with the coat, if I wanted to create an entire ensemble!
Sites like these can also help if you are investigating the career, or following the creations of a particular designer. Many couture designers also created patterns - Vogue is the one that immediately springs to mind with their Vogue Paris Originals and Vogue Couturier Design.
So what does this mean for my project? Whilst I am looking for patterns within a certain time frame, and I am looking for certain iconic elements of design that are recognizable or unique about a certain time, there obviously needs to be a little flexibility. Makes me think I want to go for some of those tiny terry shorts!