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VPS: Butterick 7243

Butterick 7243
Bolero and Princess Dress
Size: 14
Bust: 32
Copyright: Unknown – 1950’s?

Info:

Pert and pretty partners that make a wonderful fashion combination anytime, anywhere. Pop on the contrasting bolero for chilly temperatures or a covered-up look. Solo in the young profile princess with sunburst neckline.

I really enjoy this style of dress. There is just something about the shape of it that makes me weak in the knees. ^_^ The pattern shows the dress being made in four panels that extend from the bodice down to the skirt, making it look rather simple to construct. Once I figure out how to reshape and size the patterns to fit me correctly, I will definitely be making this dress.

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VPS: The American Weekly 9262

Along with the other patterns in my grandmother’s stash, I found several of these patterns published by The American Weekly. They were mailed to her. According to this website, the information in the metered postage says that this pattern is from the 1950’s, but no specific year was given. It seems that a popular way for homemakers to order patterns back then was through mail orders in magazines. Other popular designers of the era included Marian Martin and Anne Adams. There really aren’t that many great pattern history websites out there, this is the only one I was able to dig up so far, but I’ll keep looking. If you have a favorite place to get info on old patterns, please leave me a comment and let me know! Now, onto the pattern.

The American Weekly 9262
Blouse and Jumper
Size: 14
Copyright: Unknown

Info:

Not much information given on pattern. No description of garments. A total of 12 printed pattern pieces, 6 for the blouse and 6 for the jumper. Only information really given introduces “new improved printed pattern.” Postage on envelope says 1 1/2 cents. . .but no date. Pattern belonged to a Carol Kurilo and seemed to have been leant to Alice. Above “American Weekly” on envelope, it reads, “contents-merchandise postmaster: this parcel may be opened for postal inspection if necessary, return poatage guaranteed.” And yes, poatage was typed on the envelope.

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VPS: Advance 6723

VPS: Advance 6723

Dress and Bolero
Size: 14
Bust: 32
Copyright: Unknown – Early 50’s? 

Info:

 Misses’ Dress and Bolero: Princess Sundress with pointed top front and back
and shoulder bands tying into bows-Pockets in side seams-Back zipper closing
-Wide sweep to flare at hemline. (View 1) Dress and Bolero-All one fabric.
(View 2) Dress with contrast bolero in stripes or contrast the color to plain
or print dress.

 

 

Another gorgeous dress! This one is a sundress with a bolero jacket. Perfect for a day on the town without the bolero or a social gathering or evening engagement with the bolero. I adore the shape this dress gives, the full skirt and fitted bodice. Notice again, the white gloves. Boy, I’m glad I picked mine up at that vintage booth for $5! ^_^ I still have yet to score some vintage shoes that fit.

Some pictures that will be coming soon are: My grandmother’s vintage wedding shoes, a Singer Skirt Marker, a few hats and clutches, a vintage suitcase, and a vintage black cocktail dress! All of these were in my grandmother’s possession, but I believe that some of them may have belonged to her mother.

Stay tuned! ^_^

*Please note that the patterns posted in the VPS are not for sale. These were my grandmother’s vintage patterns am I am sharing them because I have a love of sewing, vintage patterns, and the memory of my grandmother. ^_^ Thx.*
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VPS: Advance 5190

Another vintage pattern for the VPS (Vintage Pattern Series).

Advance 5190

Sun Dress and Bolero
Size: 16
Bust: 34
Hip: 37
Copyright: Unknown – Late 40’s?

Info:

This pattern has no description printed on the envelope, or in the instructions. It looks as though all pattern pieces are factory cut, and while there are no printed lines, or words on the pieces, there are letters stamped out of circles on each one.

 

 

This pattern is lovely. There are a total of 12 pattern pieces to this dress. I love the way the bodice turns down in the front, I think it gives it a nice, summery look. There isn’t much else that I can say about this one since there wasn’t an actual description in the pattern. Although, throughout the envelope and the directions, this sentence is repeated: “All our patterns are cut accurately for size and conform to the measurements recommended by the Bureau of Standards of the U.S. Department of Commerce.”

So, who does the measuring at the Department of Commerce? I guess back then the ‘norm’ was pretty small hips and tiny waists. I was reading through the sizes, and even though the pattern is printed as a size 16, (which, btw, is what I am considered in today’s measurements) the measurements for a 16 on this pattern are Bust: 34, Waist: 28, & Hip: 37. How did these sizes ever get pushed so far out to what they are today?

I’m what some would call a full figured woman, although I don’t think of myself as such. I was just reading an article over at ModCloth titled “Sizes of the Times: Part I.” It is a very interesting read, I recommend you check it out. (Plus the adorable modern-vintage inspired clothing and shoes! My wishlist would not stop growing!) I’ll be posting an outfit from my wishlist item soon.

A-DORABLE! ^_^

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Vintage Pattern Series: Advance 7965

Second up in the VPS (Vintage Pattern Series), we have:

Advance 7965

Dress
Size: 14
Bust: 32
Copyright: Unknown

Info:

“SEW EASY” DRESS . . . ONLY FOUR PATTERN PIECES . . . Bodice Front and Back. . . Skirt Front and Back. Short sleeve and wide pointed collar in one with bodice sections and seamed at shoulders. Collar frames deep V-neckline. Flaring circle skirt has only four seams to sew. . . pleat at side fronts gives added fullness. Center front zipper, novelty belt, ribbon tie at back neck.

 

I can just see my grandmother wearing this dress, even if I don’t have any pictures. This is one of my very favorite patterns. I love everything about it. I love the ease of the construction, how the collar is incorporated right into the bodice pieces. I love how there are only four pieces to cut! (Cutting is not one of my most favorite things.) And I adore the dress itself! This pattern shows a zipper down the front and a tie in back, along with a belt to accessorize.

Notice how they are wearing white gloves? I’m so thankful that I picked up these white gloves at the antique booth at my local Saturday Market. If I can ever resize this pattern to fit me, the gloves would be perfect with this dress! ^_^

I can’t seem to find the copyright date printed on the pattern, so I’m not sure of the date. My best guess would be late 40’s though. If you know, please leave me a comment or e-mail me! ^_^ I’d love to find out!

*Please note that the patterns posted in the VPS are not for sale. These were my grandmother’s vintage patterns am I am sharing them because I have a love of sewing, vintage patterns, and the memory of my grandmother. ^_^ Thx.*