My husband was kind enough to throw in an assortment of Dover books featuring reproductions from Sears catalogs into his latest Amazon order. I spotted these in London, but knew I could get them more cheaply in the US. (Plus, my suitcase was full by that point.) Anyhow, I am now the proud owner of the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s and 1960s editions from this series:
I finally had a chance to look through these yesterday, and they definitely provide good sewing inspiration. I'm hoping that I can combine details I like from the designs in the books with patterns I already have. These books are only about $10 each from Amazon, and very nice resources to have on hand.
This was my favorite discovery, from Everyday Fashions of the Forties:
Check out that dress with a hood! I had no idea that hoodies were around in the forties. I love hoodies! I love forties fashion! So you can just imagine how I feel about finding them mashed up together! And only $3.98, too. If only I could travel back in time and stock up!
Here is a better shot of the text on the page. "Hoodwinker" -- ha ha!