The WIP, December, is set in the 1940s. It's a fantastic time for clothes. I want to steal from my characters' closets. They have such fabulous things--they wear hats and gloves when they go out, they know what shade of red lipstick looks best on them. I could write up a laundry list of the clothing I want from the period...in fact, I will:
A flipping amazing suit--I think the only redeeming quality of the movie Pearl Harbor (aside from the historically-inspired Dorie Miller storyline--I heart Dorie Miller) is the drop-dead sexy suit Kate Beckinsale wears in one scene. I love me a peplum. And a strategically placed brooch. I have a vintage suit pattern that I haven't quite had the guts to try yet.
A kicky day dress--something sweet and a little naive.
A practical cocktail dress--that versatile, perfectly tailored dress you could wear to any occasion, any time of year. You know, because you couldn't just run around buying clothes with a war on.
So I did what any lustful seamstress does--I went pattern shopping. I found these two zingers at the Vintage Pattern Lending Library, and can't wait to try them out. The day dress is fantastic--sweet Peter Pan collar, adorable puffed sleeves. The cocktail dress is lovely, too--simple, versatile, almost a bit wistful. I'll be finishing the Peacock gown first, but will be starting these soon, too.
Where do you get your clothing inspiration? Does the real world inspire what your characters wear, if you're a writer? Do characters in books or movies inspire what you add to your wardrobe?