Saturday, February 14, 2009

Vintage Pattern Eye Candy

NOTICE: I have moved this blog over to - please update your bookmarks and RSS feed readers. I'm finding posting the same thing in both blogs to be a lot more work than I thought, so I may only do this once more before I quit updating this one.

Life has gotten in the way this week - sadly I've got nothing of my own projects to show, so I'm bringing back the "3 random vintage patterns in my stash" post! Like I need an excuse to play with them ;).

McCall's 3988, size 14, bust 34, 1956. I really like the collar on this one (sans lace).  The skirt is actually 3 rectangles, pleated into the bodice - surprisingly the dress only calls for 3 7/8 to 4 5/8 yards of fabric depending on view and width (the latter being the sleeved version with 35" wide fabric) - I was expecting > 5 with that poof!  The bodice has both underarm darts and pleats at the waist - which I guess would be why they are recommending really light weight fabrics (cotton shears, printed silk or cotton, linen, broadcloth, etc) - the unstitched pleats would pop out in a heavier weight fabric.  But couldn't you see view B in a medium weight wool?

Butterick 1879, size 15, bust 33 (why yes, we did just go up a size and down a measurement! could be because it's labelled a "Junior Miss Wedding Gown and Veil"), no date, unprinted pattern priced at 25 cents on the instruction sheet, but 50 cents on the pattern envelope!  It came in an envelope hand addressed to "Mrs. John C. Crouse" with the only address as "Town".  At least I think that's what it says.  Return address "Education Department, Women's Missionary Society of the United Lutheran Church in America, 723 Muhlenberg Bldg. (1228 Spruce St.), Philadelphia, PA" - I wonder if the Society actually sold Butterick patterns, or if someone was using office stationary to give something to a friend ;).
Butterick 4366, size small (12-14, bust 30-32), no date, unprinted pattern, also listed as 50 cents on the envelope, but the style of both the envelope and instruction sheet is different from the wedding dress.  Could be different "lines", but I'm thinking different years as well.  Described as "(A)Long cape for evening wear has a deep V yoke in back.  Attached hood has a face-framing cuff effect. (B)Shorter length cape for daytime wear. (C)This version is suitable for rainwear in a plastic fabric.  All are "Quick and Easy" to sew." Ah, I missed the little sketch of the woman in her plastic raincoat and rubber boots!   Can you imagine trying to get plastic through a Singer sewing machine?

This might actually have been a bad idea - who wants to make boring wool pants now?

Saturday, February 07, 2009

SWAP #4, and New Blog


I've been playing around over at, and I really like some of the features there - so I've imported this blog to! I'll continue to update both blogs for the rest of the month to hopefully catch everybody who reads, so if you have an RSS feeder (like Bloglines or Google Reader), you'll want to take this one off when you add the wordpress version, or you'll end up with double posts for a little while.

So back to our regularly scheduled horrible winter light pics (actually it turned out to be horrible winter twilight pics, because I was just that slow with the hand stitching!)...

SWAP Item #4 is done!! No, don't revise your impression of my sewing speed, this piece was cut out prior to this week, and as an unlined skirt, it's probably the simplest piece of the whole plan! (I may have to revise that plan...).

I was very happy to be able to squeeze an ankle length skirt out of the same brown wool as a pair of pants (also cut out, next on the list) - in the storyboard I had this drawn as a knee length half-circle skirt because I didn't think it was possible. I definitely wear ankle-length skirts more. This is an 8-gore flared skirt I drafted long ago - I made a 6-gore version of it about 4 years ago now. This will replace a tan poly skirt I bought at Le Chateau even longer ago!

Since the SWAP theme is heavy on the practicality, it was important to me that all my bottoms at least had pockets. This time I used the same in-seam waistband pocket that worked out so well in the skorts I made for the June Capsule Contest:

Similar style shot as it would look with the tops and vest I have planned for the SWAP:

And - SHOCK - there was no drama with this one!! Yeah, the yoke seams had to be taken in, and the length was too long (things that really shouldn't happen when you've drafted it for you specifically ;) ), but there's no problem fixing that. Just a nice skirt that went together almost without complaint. YEAH! Fingers crossed for the next 7!!

Now, I have been knitting during all of this. Quite a bit actually. Most of it has to remain secret, and the one thing I have finished, I don't want to show you:

One fair isle sock done!! But if I show it to you, what will be the big deal when I get through the second one? And we all know the second one is harder ;).

Now I have to decide whether to continue with the brown wool pants (pros: already cut out, would get the semi-dreaded last pair of pants out of the way, could always use more wool in this weather!) or dive in to something new - plaid buttoned top with puffed sleeves? The mint and chocolate 3/4 sleeved t-shirt?