Saturday, December 27, 2008

Vintage patterns and an upcoming project

I fell in love with vintage patterns this year and have spent the year collecting them. I've used most of my morning photographing, compiling and organizing the last of the recent purchases! I did not realize that I had managed to obtain 75 patterns!!! If you want to see the patterns in all of their glory, check out the "Vintage Patterns" folder on Flickr.

Now I don't randomly collect. I am really intrigued by 60's modern and Jackie Kennedy era patterns. There are a few early 70's patterns I like but it is a very narrow range of designs that I'm looking for and all of these must be able to work in corporate work wardrobe. This cuts down the field even more...

Since I'm STILL not sewing, *LOL*, I want to share a few special vintage patterns I've recently acquired:



Pattern Description:
Dress has slightly lowered neckline, 6 gore skirt and left side zipper. Right bodice front laps over left giving double breasted effect. Waistline of bodice front and back is gathered. Belt is self or purchased. V1 has short sleeves. V2 features braid trim/button detail, sleeveless. Misses size 20.

Simplicity 4987:


Pattern Description:
Dress has round neckline with a fitted neckband, and button trimmed front tabs. Back neckline is lower than front. Belt is self fabric or purchased. V1 has slim skirt and a back kick pleat. V2 is slightly flared with 6 gores. Front edges of jacket do not overlap. Misses size 20.

These were given to me by a friend, a new friend, who knew exactly what I liked and shared these with me! I am sooooo appreciative!!!

These two I purchased from Out of the Ashes:

Advance 8920:


This pattern reminds me of this outfit from the Jacqueline Kennedy Exhibit:


photo courtesy of The Metropolitian Museum

The original suit pictured above is a Coco Chanel purchased by Jackie from the 1956 fall winter collection ~ model number 04637. This suit was made from a black ribbed wool by Garrigue, with a blouse in ivory dot-embroidered silk satin. This information is from, "Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years" book published in 2001.

This pattern will be the basis of my next Jackie Kennedy suit/project! I have about two more outfits that I want to "interpret" from the book...but now that I've found a pattern and of course, since I already own the fabric...this one is in the planning stages!

and Simplicity 2425:


Marji says that I really like the 60's Magazine Editor look and I guess this pattern would epitomize that look!

My last new pattern comes from Lanetz Living. Even though I already purchased a pattern to emulate another Michael Kors look (the dress from my Fall 2008 Top Ten List)...I really liked this one, so I added it to the collection:



Simplicity 6682
Pattern Description:

Misses coat in 2 lengths with slacks; the long or short double breasted, lined coat has patch pockets with flaps, pleat in center back seam, convertible notched collar, long set in sleeves with buttoned trim and optional front button closing and tie belt. Slacks without waistband have size zipper. Misses size 20 - circa 1968.

I will discuss more about my vintage pattern acquisition and sewing in my 2008 Look Back post which will appear here in the next few days!

16 comments:

  1. You find the best vintage patterns. I can never find my size... always 4s and 6s. I don't know how to grade up, well I've never tried. That Jackie suit is gorgeous and the coat pattern is TDF!

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  2. I so love the black and yellow Simplicity pattern, that wold be an awesome spring set.

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  3. Nice patterns. My favorite is
    Simplicity 2425.

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  4. Love the patterns...they always look like they are styled for such small waists! I don't think I fit that category.

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  5. Lovely! That era of patterns just seem to be classics, they will always look stylish.

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  6. Those are truly lovely and I just can't wait to see what you do with them! I have fallen in love with the 1940s style patterns, and just like you I have to narrow the field to patterns that are appropriate for a very conservative, law firm environment. I have spent the whole afternoon slip-basting a new suit jacket I'm working on, trying to make certain the pattern matches at the seams. It's the first time I've attempted something like this. I'm trying to challenge myself a bit, and my motto seems to always be "what would Carolyn do"?

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  7. I have that Advance! The blouse is interesting and wonderful. Big teaser for you: I have a project planned for this pattern in 2009. Wait and see!

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  8. What a find! Aren't they great. Good design just never goes out of style.

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  9. Oooh, I love that last pattern! Just when I was talking myself out of another vintage pattern purchase (on etsy - if you haven't looked there you really should) your post has drawn me back in! The collection grows again.

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  10. All of these patterns are great. They're inspiring and I can see that these patterns will all be in fashion for some time.

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  11. Hi, www.specialistuactions.com has a wide variety of vintage patterns for sale dating back to the 1930's.

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  12. I love Simp 2425. These are all so classic. You know your style and I am sure your interpretations will be just wonderful.

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  13. Your collection is growing... you have some really good ones in there! Good to know that your planning on keeping busy.

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  14. All of the patterns are nice classic garments and look forward to your interpretation.

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  15. Vogue 2533 is superb and so flattering. I don't know where you find the time to make such great outfits!!!! I am inspired!

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  16. They are all wonderful! I've been collecting vintage patterns too, but my collection is not as impressive as yours!

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