All the patterns are from 1953, and I'm actually making the clothes in colors and textures you could have bought that year. I didn't set out to have a gimmick, but I fell in love with that Butterick pattern and wanted to make the blouse and cardigan before I even knew about the contest. The skirts I picked turned out to be from the same year, and the fabrics were even appropriate, so I decided to go with it!
I'm loving the fabrics -- the white is a rayon challis, very soft and comfortable; the cardigan is the new Polartec sweater knit fleece, just amazing in person; the plaid is a cotton seersucker, so summery and light; and the dark blue is a denim -- I had thought of going for linen but couldn't find the right color and didn't have time to shop online with swatches. The denim I have is very soft though, I think it'll work out really well. I hope so, anyway, I have it in black as well for a bonus copy of the skirt! Those pockets are going to be so useful, I think.
I'll be modernizing a bit -- no shoulder pads, shorter skirts, and skipping the gloves -- so it's a totally wearable wardrobe I can work with. As a bonus, two tops (also vintage) I have to finish up when it gets warm will also go with the dark blue skirt; I'm not sure I have anything else that'll go with the plaid seersucker but I can work on that later.
Like I said, I doubt I can get done in time to actually enter -- I haven't even begin to cut my fabric out, and the contest ends April 15th! I had hoped to be cracking on the skirts at least this past weekend, but life intervened. But I don't mind, I really need the clothes! And next, I'll be needing the accessories....that red belt at the very least!