Images of prissy vintage dresses proliferate in Emma's online picture files. Most of them are sewing pattern envelope photos from the 40s and 50s. She separated them into "Daytime" and "Nighttime" categories and then into individual files for "dressy", "home", and "farm" yesterday afternoon. Then we spent about an hour going through them, selecting the ones that she would like to make for the trip to Rome this summer and creating a separate "Rome" folder for the purpose. She adores the ones with big, full skirts, but I warned her that they would be a packing, and most likely, an ironing problem. That helped narrow down the selections a bit further.
Organizing the pictures allowed her to see that there are basically three different styles that she really likes. Multiple options create all the different looks. Now that she knows that, she is going to start studying pattern drafting books so that she can create the patterns she needs. I found several on the LACIS website. If anyone can make a recommendation, please comment.