Thursday, February 19, 2009

Newly Listed Dresses & Suits from the 40's & 50's

1940's Butterick 4266 Two-Piece Dressmaker Suit Size 14 - Bust 32

Here is a sweet & sophisticated suit pattern that I came across today and listed. It has a peplum type jacket that I just adore! You can get this one at Your Pattern Shop.

Butterick 8089 Vintage 1950s Portrait Collar Rockabilly Dress Pattern B36

I just love the necklines on this pattern, especially that Portrait neckline!

This gorgeous one can be found at Cemetarian along with many, many others!

1951 Vogue Couturier 620 Yoked Slot-Seam Dress Sewing Pattern B34

Here is another beauty at Stitches & Loops along with many other gorgeous vintage patterns!

1957 Simplicity 2321 Dress & Cummerbund Size 14

I just found this little beauty at Patternmania2. I love the U shape back neckline along with those bouffant sleeves. I'm not real fond of bright yellow, but I think it looks great with dress!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Mail Order Patterns from the 1940's

Bizzie Lizzie sent me this wonderful Anne Adams Apron pattern as it is one of her favorites from the 1940's and now after seeing this one it has become on of my favorites. I love aprons, I have a big collection of them, I don't wear them, I just love to look at them, now how crazy is that?

Jackie @ Pattern Rescue sent this pattern, as the shoulder detailing caught her eye! I have to agree with her, it is catchy, and it goes very well with that dropped waist!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Walk A Way Dress And Its Rockabilly Cousin

In 1952, Butterick Pattern Co experienced a phenomenon it had not known since the 'Garibaldi Suit' of the late 1860's. They released pattern #6015, and dubbed it the 'walk-away' dress, because it was so easy you could "Start it after breakfast... walk-away in it for luncheon!". It's simple yet flattering wrap design and easy construction were what made it so popular.

The envelope back states: Here’s the smartest idea of the season….a dress that has only back, waist and shoulder seams, that has its back wrapped around to the front for a sheath-and-overskirt look. Binding finishes the edges. Wear it for any occasion.

Sales of the pattern were so great, that at one point manufacturing of all other patterns ceased, and only the 'walk-away' dress was produced until all back-orders for this dress could be filled.

The pattern was reproduced and released in the 90's under Buttericks "Retro" line, but the originals remain elusive to most collectors. Of the thousands of patterns I have collected and sold I have only had two.

And later that year Advance tried to steal Butterick's thunder with this lovely creation. It too is a wrap dress and very simple to make with only three pieces. So versatile you can whip it up to wear to the market, wear it over a sweater as a jumper, leave off a piece of the bodice and wear over a sexy jumpsuit for at home occasions or a strapless underslip for the fanciest cocktail party.

Both are available right now at cemetarian on ebay.

Friday, February 6, 2009

1940's Sweet, Classy & Sophisticated Suits

Here are two wonderful patterns from the 1940's. Both suits are beautifully tailored. I just love them long slender skirts, although I only envision 6' tall women wearing them, not someone like me that is only 5' tall!

You can find Vogue Couturier Design 373 at Stitches & Loops and Simplicity 2182 at What-I-Found-Sewing Patterns.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Up to no good...hmmmmm

"Betty, do you think we can fit that old painting underneath my skirt?"

"I think so Ruth, just let me get these gloves on so that I don't leave any fingerprints!"

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Turn the Clock's now 1928

This slide show combines 3 of my passions. Fashion, Patterns and Magazines. It's a McCall's Pull Out section from 1928............aren't they scrumptious?

Monday, February 2, 2009

Just found this sweet little bolero and skirt! This can be found at Patternmania2.