Wednesday, 31 August 2011

New vintage patterns

Another three to add to the collection!

First up is a 1950s Style assymetric dress pattern. It was the unusual shaping that drew me to this one- it has side pleat detail to the skirt and a square collar decorated with a brooch or pin. It also happens to be the perfect size so shouldn't need any major alterations. I plan on making this up as an autumn/winter wear dress (anything with sleeves is automatically winter wear for me), probably from some dark bottle green cotton sateen in my stash.

Next up is a late 1940s Wheldons "dance frock" pattern. I liked how the gathering adds detail to a simple design on this piece. I plan to first make a blouse using just the bodice parts of this pattern, with the yokes made of contrast fabric to the main body. Although this pattern is a couple of sizes too small its simplicity means it should be easy enough to grade up.

The instruction sheet for this pattern certainly shows its age- I will most likely scan and copy it to preserve the delicate original sheet

Last is something I have been after for some time, a basic 1950s blouse pattern, this example by Butterick. This is a simple blouse with drop shoulder kimono sleeves in two lengths, with collars cut in one with the shirt front. I can see this one being used over and over, including made into a shirtwaist pattern when combined with a self-drafted skirt.

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