I have been pondering lately why I like the vintage style so much. I am not a dedicated follower of fashion so it is not just that it has come to the fore lately. I think the reason is that first time around it was a real big part of being a homemaker. Here are my ponderings on the appeal of it for me, nostalgia wise...
- Things were not mass produced so if you wanted it, you made it
- Because so much was handmade it was treasured and looked after. It makes one think of days when values were so different to today.
- Most girls were taught the feminine arts routinely...so I think of it as being a truly feminine way of expressing yourself
- Money was scarce so embroiderers/needleworkers made the most of what they had. It was green /resourceful and to me that says a fun challenge.
- There was no room for extravagence during or after the war so if you wanted bling you had to add it yourself.
- It was a way of adding cheer to the home. especially with all the little embroidered slogans they used so much
- It was a very benign way to spend your free time. I have never heard of hoop rage! I am convinced hand sewing slows the heart rate.
- It teaches patience. You can't rush an embroidery!
- Being a traditionalist, it was when women were women, not trying to be men...they were homemakers.
- Alot of the themes were gentle, I personally would rather be surrounded by the calming influence of roses, birds and the such, than some of the more modern looks.
No doubt I will add to this
Doxie feeling girlie and nostalgic