One blogger I think is well worth a mention, esp. in the sewing realm, is Sew Misunderstood. Psycho Sue is a plus-sized beauty. I so adore her choices of prints and patterns.
Where fatshion misfits, glamor queens, vintage babes, and sewing goddesses can feel perfectly at home! Gabba Gabba We accept you, we accept you, one of us!
Since we are on the subject of patterns - here are a couple of images from the 1960s.