I love the details that you find in vintage clothing. With some notable exceptions, it seems most of these details have disappeared from mainstream off-the-rack clothing, and are now only echoed in very expensive designer garments.
That is, unless you can sew. There are a million ways to be inspired by beautiful vintage clothing and incorporate those details into the projects you work on. True, some of those details are a structural part of the pattern, like the pleats in the gorgeous pink taffeta dress pictured here from ladyday0_5. But many others can be easily incorporated into anything you sew: hemline details, collars, applique, ruffles, insertions, piping, the list goes on and on. I hope to bring you some of these ideas, inspired by real vintage garments, in the future.
I don’t usually go in for fluffy taffeta prettiness in my own wardrobe, but this skirt is quite amazing, isn’t it? It does look like it would be trouble to iron, though.