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Giveaway: Everyday Fashions of the Fifties As Pictured in Sears Catalogs

Saturday, August 30, 2014


everyday fashions of the fifties as pictured in sears catalogs from dover publications review
 
 I spent yesterday tidying up the house so I'd have all weekend to sew. This weekend, I'm sewing a bullet bra and a few 1950s separates. For inspiration, I've been looking through my new copy of "Everyday Fashions of the Fifties As Pictured in Sears Catalogs"


everyday fashions of the fifties as pictured in sears catalogs from dover publications review

This is part of a series of wonderful catalog reprints from Dover Publications. When I first got interested in vintage clothing, I looked to magazines and catalogs to see what people really wore back then. These books cover styles of men, women and children and show casual day wear of the average 1950s woman as well as special occasion wear. Learning the style really helped me to find modern pieces with a great vintage look while shopping thrift stores and I built my vintage wardrobe from there.

everyday fashions of the fifties as pictured in sears catalogs from dover publications review

These books are sorted by year, with the year at the top corner of the pages,  so you can see how the styles changed slightly as the decade progressed.

Dover Publications sent me a copy of Everyday Fashions of the Fifties to give away to one lucky reader! This giveaway will end on 9-7-2014. Giveaway is open worldwide.

everyday fashions of the fifties as pictured in sears catalogs from dover publications review

Pop over to Dover Publications to see their entire selection of fashion and costume books as well as collectable vintage paper dolls.
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45 Responses to “Giveaway: Everyday Fashions of the Fifties As Pictured in Sears Catalogs”

  1. I frequently Google vintage ads as a refresher when I'm putting together a new pin up outfit.

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  2. This would be an awesome prize, have been watching the BBC series Breathless and am loving the gorgeous fashions.

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  3. What a fabulous book for any vintage collector! Klemilian@verizon.net

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  4. My mom had several of their paper doll books for while, they were always fun to look through :)

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  5. I love vintage magazines and catalogs for inspiration for home design and fashion.

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  6. We used to have some old sears catalogs at home that I loved looking through ad a kid! This would be great to have to look at over and over again!

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  7. That's fabulous! Really glad you're showing this off!

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  8. I've browsed this series before, and they are invaluable for really nailing great everyday looks!

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  9. I love the fifties style! Thank you for the chance to win :)

    -Amber Terry-

    starry_night1987@yahoo.com

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  10. Original catalogs can be hard to find, so an in-print book sounds like a good option.

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  11. I'm learning to sew and this will serve me as inspiration to vintage styles.

    Jackie

    jajalvarez@yahoo.com

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  12. I'd love to have this to help me build up an awesomely lovely wardrobe! Thanks for this.

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  13. Very cool. I can't wait to see how the finished products turn out.

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  14. This seams like an amazing sours of inspiration. http://docksjo.com nicolina dot docksjo at gmail dot com

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  15. I have the 1930's version of this book and think that it's stunning, I would love to have the 50's one to add to my collection of one book. :D ♡

    xox,
    bonita of Lavender & Twill

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    1. Oops, should add my email addy - bonita.vear{at}gmail.com

      xox,
      bonita

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  16. What a neat book. How do you find such cool stuff.

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  17. Would love to have a book like this as inspiration^^

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  18. Would love to add this book to my collection.

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  19. This would save me much googling! Looks like a great book!

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  20. I love collecting mags and catalogs, they're a great resource and wonderfully inspiring. :)

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  21. The photos of the fashion in the book are very inspirational!

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  22. Looks like a lovely book especially as it shows "everyday" looks - it would be a great resource for sewing inspiration too!

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  23. I would love to win this little book Everydat fashion is so much better than watching photos of moviestars. :)

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  24. This is an awesome looking book! I love Dover publications, they have the neatest books.

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  25. This looks great, my email is shystrangemanic@gmail.com

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  26. I didn't even know such a thing existed. Would be great to have. Thanks for the giveaway!

    katie.brower (at) gmail.com

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  27. Oh, I would love to win that book. Even if many catalogue images can be found on internet, I often find that researching online often get me stuck on the computer instead of sewing on my wardrobe...

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  28. what a great book.. Love the Sears dresses.. I have an old catalogue and love looking at it.

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  29. I've seen theses books around on the internet for ages, and have always wanted one! Definitely entering and crossing my fingers!!

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  30. I have borrowed this book from my library & it is wonderful & so informative on the period. Would love to own a copy! Thank you to Dover Publications & you for the awesome giveaway!

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  31. I have always loved Dover publications! So affordable too!

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  32. Dover are so much fun and so much temptation! I have a few of their books but I'd love to add this one to the collection :)

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  33. I own, and madly adore this book (I have it and the 1930s and 1940s version and have read each so many times over the years I'm surprised they're still intact! :)), but have some vintage loving friends who don't have a copy yet and with Christmas just around the corner, if I won, I would be giving it to one of them.

    Fabulous giveaway, thank you and Dover for holding it!

    ♥ Jessica

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  34. I have an Australian Home Journal from 1957 which means it has a great mixture of flouncy skirts and pencil skirts! I love looking at the beauty adverts, yes they are terribly sexist but also a great insight. My daughters couldn't believe that all young girls HAD to wear dresses! I got their Nana to confirm this, she was 4 years old in 1957, and her only trousers were her pyjama bottoms. Thanks for showing us this book xx

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  35. Would love to win this, thanks for the giveaway!

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  36. I would love to see the shoes in this! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  37. Wow, fabulous books! Never heard of this series before, I'll have to check them out. :-)

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  38. Oh this book sounds wonderful! Nothing like sighing over beautiful clothing.

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  39. I love these books! I recently picked up the 20s and 30s versions at Powell's. Would love to win this. maryvannote at gmail dot com

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  40. I've been wanting to read this book for awhile! Unfortunately, it's not available at the library so I've never been able to read it. I hope I get the chance now!

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  41. I loved looking in my grandmas old magazines......would love to get this book. rebby_1984 at hotmail dot com

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