There's nothing quite as delightful as a vintage pattern. They have the ability to take you back to another era – when women wore elegant hats and gloves and matching handbags. McCall's 6515 features four gorgeous smocked hats. Couldn't you see Audrey Hepburn in one of these?
I somehow ended up with a lot of these in my stash – some from my grandma and some from mom. See lots more after the jump. If you need even more vintage pattern inspiration be sure to check out the Vintage Patterns wiki.
Simplicity 4178 was one of my mom's patterns. It has patterns for 2 hats, a scarf, a clutch and a flower brooch. Doesn't the girl on the top right look like a tres chic flight attendant?
Back in the old days, it was much more common for women to make belts to match their dresses. I have a few vintage belt making kits. They usually have a stiff band for the belt that you cover with your fabric and then eyelets to punch the holes and a buckle. Sometimes, the buckle can be covered with fabric too. Interfacing or some other kind of stiffening is so important for getting the right result. Have you ever made your own hat or belt?