When I was going through my stash recently, I noticed I was sadly lacking in vintage patterns. This sorry situation had to be addressed - and quickly. So after a couple of weeks of obsessive hunting and gathering on eBay, I'm now the proud owner of this fab haul of vintage lovelies.
Let me outline my plans for each of them (oh how I love doing this!)
Simplicity 4238 from 1953. I've got a hankering to sew with gingham and I think this sleeveless top would be perfect.
If you can look past the grey haired old frumpsters on the front of this Maudella pattern (they're probably only about 25), it's actually a really stylish shirt dress. I'd love to sew a full skirted shirt dress, but I don't think the style suits my shape particularly. This fitted style is more more flattering. I like view 1, but I'm still pondering which fabric to use, perhaps something with a vertical stripe? Any ideas?
Next is Advance 8589 from 1958. Perversely, it wasn't the boxy jacketed suit that caught my eye on this pattern (although it is lovely, just a little boxy for me). No, it's the drawstring waisted top she's wearing underneath that sang to me.
It looks like a doddle to sew too, perhaps in this larger blue floral fabric?
|Blue flowered fabric, about to start a new life as a 1950's drawstring waisted top?|
I may save this Advance 9597 evening top until the Autumn to sew. In which case I'll try it in a double knit so I don't have to use a zip. View 2 is my favourite, possibly in a green. "What?", I hear you cry, "green, not grey or navy or red?" Well, there's a sort of method to my madness. I've got strange coloured eyes - they're basically grey (which is why I like grey), but if I happen to wear green, they weirdly change colour to green, which I like very much. I don't wear green very often, but I think this pattern in a soft jersey knit may be the perfect one to introduce a bit more green into my wardrobe, and turn me green eyed at the same time of course.
At this stage in my eBay binge, there was quite an overload of tops, so I slipped a classic 1972 skirt pattern in there too.
A-line skirts are the most flattering shape on me so I thought I'd start with view 2, then if that turns out OK, venture into side pleats territory and attempt view 1. The colours on the pattern look quite reassuring (!) and it was such a delight sewing with gabardine recently (for my 1940's trousers) that I'd like to use it again for these skirts. There may have to be a bit of width added to the pattern pieces, as sadly I'm no longer the owner of a 26 inch waist, but it shouldn't be too difficult to do. And there ends my vintage sewing plans....
In other news, I've almost finished my swing dress (yippee). I just need to insert an invisible zip (easier said than done). I hope to post pictures and a full postmortem next week.
Has anybody else got grand plans for their precious vintage patterns? I'd love to hear them. x