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VPS: Butterick 7243

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


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: Advance 6723

VPS: Advance 6723

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


 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?


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.



Ysolda’s Verity

So, if any of you have been following my blog from the beginning, you would know that I am an avid balker, (blog stalker), and that one of my very favorite blogs belongs to designer Ysolda Teague.  Well, I have recently visited her site and after being able to no longer resist her patterns decided to purchase Verity

This wonderful leafy beret hat is sooo gorgeous!  I absolutley adore the quality of the pattern and the finished result.  After staying up until 1 am the first night and 2 am the second, I finished this wonderful work of art and strolled into work, (which just so happens to be a quilt/knit shop), and showed off my *cough* Ysolda’s, masterpiece.  It was a hit!  Everyone loved it!  I had girls swarm me to try it on.  And one asked me how much I wanted for it. . .lol.  Silly girls, this is mine.  Knit your own.  ^_^ 

So without further ado, I am pleased to introduce, my Verity beret!

Knit from the beautiful Dream in Color yarn in the wonderous colorway Happy Forest, this beret screams bohemian chic.  And how could you resist the oh so pretty Ribbed Lace Bolero by Kelly Maher also knit from Dream in Color’s Classy in colorway Ruby River?  These two yarns, and patterns, compliment each other so well, I felt like I was the epitimy of knit high fashion.  I have yet to post a modeled photo of the bolero, and still have yet to actually pose for it, but maybe you can get a sense with a self portrait of the beauty that is bolero.


Ribbed Lace Bolero

Okay, so I was browsing through Ravelry last night and I stumbled onto Kelly Maher’s Ribbed Lace Bolero.  It was so cute, I thought I would CO last night.  So I did.  I used Dream in Color’s Classy Ruby River worsted weight yarn.  I adore their yarn.  It’s so lovely and the colors are simple brilliant.  So I soared past the 2×2 rib, and floated by the first few rows of lace.  I’ve been working on it pretty much all day today, give or take a couple hours, and I’ll be working on it for a bit longer.  It’s absolutely fun and easy!  Here are a few pictures.


This is the latest picture.  It’s at about 9 inches including the ribbing.  I have to get to 20.5 before I can start the top of the ribbing.  It shouldn’t take too long.  More pics to come when it gets closer to the finish line!