I cannot pinpoint when it was that I started loving vintage fashions. Growing up, my sister and I loved watching AMC (American Movie Classics), and later, TCM (Turner Classic Movies). I don't know how we got into that either (although my parents did consider an almost yearly watching of Gone With the Wind as an integral part of any good Southern upbringing), but afternoons after school were generally filled with the visages of Jimmy (Stewart), Cary (Grant), the Hepburns (Katherine and Audrey), Liz (Taylor), Paul (Newman), and others plastered on the television screen. I can only imagine with so many beautiful clothes in the movies, designed by the likes of Edith Head and Adrian, that it is only natural that many of the styles sank into my subconscious.
I have been eyeing vintage patterns on eBay for some time, but decided to go with a current Butterick pattern. It is a reissue of one from 1947 (B5209). The great thing about buying these reissued patterns is that you know all the pattern pieces are there, the patterns are printed (many older pattern pieces don't have anything printed on them-- they're simply blank pieces of tissue paper), and the directions are modernized. It really is the best of both worlds.
I wrote a review of the pattern on PatternReview.com, detailing what I changed about the pattern and my recommendations. You can read it here.