Wednesday, August 10, 2011
New (Old) Patterns
These were found in a little store in Lambertville, NJ, which had a heavy inventory of vintage clothes, jewelry, knicknacks, toys, magazines, and the kind of stuff that can keep you occupied for hours. The patterns (there were probably about 25) were stuffed, standing up, in an old jewelry box. Mario pointed them out to me and disappeared off into some back room to look at comic books.
I settled down in a corner and spread them out. Most were gorgeous - there were a few of those cute romper-with-skirt combos, bathing suits, loads of dresses, a few pairs of pants. I'm a sucker for a vintage dress, though, and that's where I focused my attention.
Here's the description: Fitted jacket-blouse with or without square collar. Shoulder yokes in one with center front and back sections. Bracelet length or shortsleeves. Slim six-gored skirt.
The second pattern is McCall 8040, another dress. There's nothing tremendously special about this one (other than the 40" bust measurement; I might have to grade down) but I liked the plaid version with the collar on the bias. And I just plain like the shape of the collar which, by the way, is cut on, not a separate piece. And they give pattern pieces for the shoulder pads.
The third and final pattern, Simplicity 2780, is my favorite, because I know I'll get a ton of wear out of it. I may be a sucker for vintage dress patterns, but jacket patterns of any era always pique my interest.
The pattern description: Misses bolero. The bolero is fitted with darts and the lining is optional. Style 1 features a shawl collar cut in one with the front. The lower edge is curved, and the long sleeves are trimmed with cuffs. A Peter Pan collar edges the high neckline in Style 2, and the lining is in contrast. The sleeves in Style 3 are three-quarter length.
I think that's a lot of jacket for one pattern. And for a seemingly simple pattern, ther are - count 'em - 10 darts. Back darts, bust darts, back shoulder darts (I LOVE those) and 2 darts in each sleeve. I can't wait to make this one.
Where was this jacket in January? It would have saved me three muslins for the wedding jacket.
These patterns were all in the lower price level ($7 each), which I thought was a little high, but I convinced the seller to let me open the envelopes to confirm that the instructions and all pieces were there, and they were. The envelopes have had a little wear and tear, but the pattern tissue is still intact and the instructions, if a little brown and crispy around the edges, are there as well. Can't wait to dive in and read them; I always learn someting new from vintage instructions.