A bit of Vogue Designer pattern nostalgia
I have to admit to a pang of envy when my fellow sewing bloggers mention sewing with some fabric they've found at the op shop. I often check out the fabric section in the op shops around here, and in over 6 years have come up with two barely acceptable lengths of fabric, which still sit in the stash. Otherwise, it's dubious stuff in awful colours. Erk.
I seem to do better, however, with patterns. A couple of weeks ago, I picked up two Vogue Designer patterns from the early 1990s. What attracted me was not so much that they were Vogue Designers but rather because I was attracted by the writing on the envelopes by the former owner. These finds tickled me, and I thought I would share them here.
This sewist it seems sewed for two lucky people: Kathy and Kylie. Her handwriting is almost a facsimile of my mother-in-law's handwriting (she was born in 1918), and she uses inches, so you get a picture of her straight away.
This Albert Nipon pattern in sizes 6 -10, is a dress with a tulip skirt from a spaghetti strap fitted bodice, with a separate lace top with shoulder pads and buttons up the back. Plenty there for the advanced sewist to get her teeth into!
This skirt was a good fit on Kylie, it seems. And the sewist reminds herself to "dart waist as this is cut on hip".
A bit of frankenpatterning was also going on, with the bodice of Simplicity 5998 being added to the skirt.
Kathy's grey pique sleeve on the blouse was too tight . The sewist needs to let shoulder seam out at sleeve 3/8". There are other notes, but I can't make them out.
The length of the bodice on the collared dress is OK when the skirt is added.
Kylie's blouse is TOO short!
As is the dress on Kathy W.
The neckline on the straight dress needs to be drafted 1 1/2"down.
When using the brown silk, use only 1/2"seams.
And lastly, check the Blue Book before cutting again.
To me, this stuff is priceless.
As I look at these patterns, I wonder where our dressmaker is now? Is she still with us? What happened to her Blue Book? What was in the Blue Book?
Where are Kathy and Kylie? Did they appreciate having someone (Aunt? Grandmother? Mother?) sew Vogue Designer patterns for them? Do they sew themselves now?
So many questions to mull over.
Lastly, does anyone else write on their pattern envelopes (a bit hard to do, though, on pdf!)? Does anyone have a Blue Book? I don't and I think I should.