I haven't had any sewing time in the past week, and the coming week is guaranteed to be the same. I did finish my final (for now, anyhow) 60s shirtdress last weekend, and I'm hoping to get some photos of it actually on me before I leave town. But meanwhile, even if I can't sew, I sure can ogle patterns, and I thought it would be fun to share a few of the patterns from my neighbor that I kept. Of close to 90 patterns, I kept 37, and these are some of my favorites.
First off, this Simplicity Designer's Pattern -- it's in an oversized envelope, and I've never seen a Simplicity pattern like it. There are some pictured at www.cemetarian.com though, and apparently they were produced from 1949 to 1952. I like how the little jacket (would this be considered a bolero, or just a cropped jacket?) can take the sundress into Fall! And those scallop-edged pockets. Sweet.
I love the look of a double-breasted coat dress, though I can't say I've ever worn one. I like the a-line shape, and of course the pockets!
I love these shift dresses from the late 60s with interesting seam lines! Definitely not the kind of thing I could expect to fit (or flatter) my body if I had to buy off the rack. But with the magic of sewing, I can in at the waist and make the skirt a touch more of an a-line, and then it works. I did this last year with Vogue 7807 (from 1969, I think). The pattern illustration has a more fitted and a-line shape than the hideous shapeless sack it turned out to be when I sewed it up without any alterations. I ended up taking it in several inches under each armpit, tapering to nothing at the upper hip. It was my first major pattern alteration, but I had nothing to lose, as it would have otherwise been unwearable!
Oops -- that turned into a bit of a digression! Here's one last pattern that I acquired from my neighbors:
Usually I don't go for dresses that need to be belted to have a waist, but I am, as always, a sucker for a hoodie. And a hooded dress? Argh, I need it! The scooped neckline also looks nice, but ah ... that hoodie! Is it crazy to want to make one of these in a super-soft flannel for winter?