Today in my series of interviews with sewing bloggers on their connection between sewing & style, I’m delighted to feature Rochelle of Lucky Lucille. I swoon over every outfit that she posts and admire her very vintage-influenced style. I can safely blame her for a large part of my growing love of 1940’s fashions!
Hello, I’m Rochelle and I blog over at Lucky Lucille where I share my love of vintage sewing. I live in Western, NY with my dog and a small gaggle of cats. I’m utterly obsessed with the 1940’s. I spend a large amount of time researching WWII fashions, and then try to bring them to life with fabric.
1940’s factory girl meets art school student. It’s safe to say I’m totally obsessed with 40s styles, but I don’t wear head to toe 40s every single day. I like modern hats and casual shoes as much as I love vintage dresses and old sweaters.Describe what you sew.
I pretty much sew exclusively vintage, and more specifically, WWII era styles. I got into reenacting last year and have been on a quest to have an event appropriate wardrobe ever since.
What inspires or influences your style?
Women of the past influence my style the most. I’ve never been very interested in modern fashions and trends, so I always look to the styles my great grandma was wearing for inspiration.
I look at every day as a chance to play dress-up. How do you play dress-up?
I love playing dress up! Sometimes I’ll go out and people ask me if I’m in a play because I’m wearing head to toe 40’s. It doesn’t really feel like I’m in a costume, because I love wearing those clothes, but it certainly looks like it in my small town!How does your passion for sewing influence your style? enable your style? hinder your style?
It definitely enables my style in the sense that authentic vintage fashions can be very pricey and very hard to come by. Sewing gives me the opportunity to recreate some of those same dresses without the same price tag. I couldn’t afford a vintage wardrobe without sewing.
Does your passion for sewing influence/enable/hinder the style of those around you?
Recently at a WWII reenactment I asked a woman if she had made her dress because I recognized the fabric, I knew she’d say yes, but it was an awesome way to start a conversation and we instantly had something in common. People are always so amazed when I tell them I make a lot of my own clothes, and they usually end up saying they’d love to learn how. I always tell them they should!
What about over time: Has your style changed with time? Have your sewing abilities changed with time?
I’m almost embarrassed to admit how much my style has changed over the years! I’ve always loved old movies and music so it was inevitable that those styles would catch up to me eventually, but in high school I definitely got into sewing because of the punk rock DIY scene. I mostly upcycled things instead of sewing from scratch like I do now, so yeah, my abilities have advanced a lot since then. I went from sewing on patches to sewing entire dresses and making my own bias tape. Now I see sewing as a chance for me to recreate my favorite bygone looks. I’ve always been a big history buff, that hasn’t changed.
What about in the beginning: Did you learn to sew so that you could have a certain style?
I grew up with a sewing machine in my house, and for the longest time, I didn’t even know you could buy a Halloween costume in a store. I thought all moms made them lol. I learned to sew because I wanted to make my own clothes, but I learned before I really had a style of my own. I can’t really say my style is the reason I started sewing, but it’s definitely the reason I keep sewing now. Now I sew so I can have Rosie the Riveter’s wardrobe.
Does your style require that you are able to sew?
Certainly not. In fact, more people buy vintage rather than sew it, but I’d like to change that. Sewing is so empowering and so fun! Plus, I can wash all my me-made 1940’s dresses in the washing machine ;)
Anything else you would like to say about sewing and style?
I have a lot of things to say about the modern fashion industry and sizing that aren’t very nice, so I won’t say them. I will say that so many women learn to love themselves more when they’re taking their measurements to create something they made themselves, and look great in. You get to truly create your own style when you sew for yourself. You don’t have to be a factory size in this season’s department store trend. No one wants to explain their style as mass produced.