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With the Vintage-Inspired Modern Style Design Challenge underway, author & designer Amy Barickman talks about how she and her designs at Indygo Junction are inspired by her treasure trove of collected vintage content.

“Vintage Wisdom, Modern Voice” This phrase is, to me, a way of summarizing everything that I think about when I am collecting, researching, and sharing my discoveries and thoughts. My passion for all things vintage is in my very being.

Collecting the wonderful crafts, textiles and stories from the incredibly strong women that came before us enables me breath life into the stories and opportunities that I share with my readers today. We can learn so much from the skills and talents of our mothers, grandmothers, and the women that raised them. I thank them everyday for the wonderful legacy of their home arts that they have left for us to learn from. That is the “Vintage Wisdom” that I so adore and draw from as my source of inspiration.

“Modern Voice” is taking those creative discoveries and tweaking them so that they are meaningful and relevant for today. My company, Indygo Junction, is a resource for patterns and ideas inspired from history and redesigned for today’s women.

Vintage to Modern: I found the vintage dress featured above at an antique show, and it became the inspiration for Indygo Junction’s Day to Night Dress (also see in top photo).

Likewise, one version of the Stylish Smock apron was inspired by a vintage trend of having a slimming, vertical panel down the middle of an apron. The illustration on the right is from an article called “Apron Lore”, published in 1960. You can see more vintage-inspired apron designs by Indygo Junction in this video.


The Vintage Workshop is a place where I can share images from my extensive collection of books, fabrics, textiles, editorial, and wonderful treasures that I continue to discover. You will find contemporary ways to use these items in your life today. Mixing the old with the new or finding creative uses for vintage content is that “Modern Voice”.

On my own blog, I share many of the stories and inspirations behind the work that I produce, as well as the best creative crafts, tips, recipes, and ideas that I come across — both old and new!

My journey to look back so that I can look ahead, will continue as I pass on my passion to my daughter and my friends. It is a rich journey full of learning that I can’t wait to share with you. I love to hear stories from you so that I can continue to learn even more and spread the word on behalf of all of us, searching for those one-of-a-kind treasures that were so carefully designed from the loving and talented hands of women before us.


Amy Barickman is the founder and owner of Indygo Junction, The Vintage Workshop and AmyBarckman.com. She is a leader in the sewing, needle arts and retail crafting industry having sold more than two-million sewing patterns and published 80 books sold throughout the world. Her recent endeavor is the book Vintage Notions, is already on its fourth printing since its release in September of 2010. Other best-selling titles include Indygo Junction’s Button Ware and most recently, Hankie Style.


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    Feb 12, 2012, 08.26 AMby Itsbeensewlong

    Amazing! I am trying to work on something similar with a single panel down the front for all of the same reasons… :) Love that apron pattern… it is so effective! I absolutely love the Day to Night Dress Pattern…. I love that it has a princes line … suitable for all figure shapes…:) Actually I like that about the Indygo Junction Patterns in general… Lou xx

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    Jan 23, 2012, 08.42 PMby ariation

    I like how the smock apron was used to develop a dress design. I’m now getting an idea about what is required for the challenge. Lovely!

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      Jan 24, 2012, 10.27 PMby amybarickman

      That’s great! I hoped this might stimulate some ideas!

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    Jan 18, 2012, 12.53 AMby 1diane

    Amy is the best. I love the patterns I have already. Thanks for update.

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    Jan 17, 2012, 06.59 PMby Cyndicozycottage Cyndi Thoman

    where would you send it?

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    Jan 13, 2012, 12.38 PMby Ruth Brown

    OMG! I just sold a vintage dress that looks amazingly like the cute & comfy house dress, right down to the round pockets. I have to try that.

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    Jan 12, 2012, 04.20 PMby fashionfreek

    Amy has talent..a lot of it. So inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

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