This is not my story. This stroke of sewing good luck belongs to my friend Mimi (non-blogging sewist, so you'll have to take my word for her existence; she was at PR Philly so some of you might remember her). Mimi was walking around Philadelphia recently and spotted a pile of trash at the curb. (Anybody wonder why we're friends? I'd have raced her to the pile). In the trash was a huge bunch of vintage patterns.
Mimi's eventual intention for these patterns is to list them for sale on Etsy, but in the meantime, she brought a bag in for me to look through, kindly saying I could borrow any of them if I wanted to copy them. Did I? Yes, ma'am!
Let's look at McCall's 9853. Who has a waist like that? Who wants one? Even though the pattern drawing is unrealistic (and delicious) I think there's a lot to be said for the design. I love the multiple darts and the under-bust gathers in the bodice. It's worth a try, anyway.
Jackets are also good things. Advance 9989 looks like it'll be a dream to fit - princess seamed with a bust dart and a fitting dart. I love the bracelet length sleeves with gloves in the pattern drawing. And I chose Simplicity 3887 specifically for its jacket. It looks like a great little basic piece for covering up a dress, and I can always use oneof those. Kimono sleeves just make it a better multi-purpose pattern.
Nearly last, and definitely smallest (the only non-36" patterns in the bunch) are the 2 shift dresses, McCall's 7419 and Butterick 3419. Not like I don't have shift dress patterns, but the McCall's one has an interesting French dart and Butterick's is a dress/jumper combination that I actually think just grabbed me because of the ridiculous clown ruffles (which I wouldn't make).
I'd like to say I'm going to jump in and sew one of these patterns soon, but don't forget, I still have to press them and trace them off. So you won't be seeing one of these emerge from the machine right away, but they will come.
I'm not sure what it is with me and vintage. It's not love/hate, certainly. I love the styles, I love the details, I love that the instructions are usually still worth reading for technical bits that pattern companies now don't seem to think we need - one of these patterns, the Advance with detachable collar, even notes on the envelope that it uses the "Bishop Sewing Method" from one of my favorite vintage sewing books.
At least I've diagnosed the problem. Now to find a cure. Everyone is only too happy to share a good fabric sale. Anybody know where I can get a large dose of concentration, cheap?