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Vintage Pattern Series: Advance 7965

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

Advance 7965

Size: 14
Bust: 32
Copyright: Unknown


“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.*

Vintage Style

I have been getting the Vintage bug lately. More and more lately I have been seeing a lot of vintage style dresses, hairdo’s, and other things and it has been getting me thinking. I would have loved to live in the 40’s and 50’s. Now, I know nothing about this era, other than how aprons were a big hit and the hairdo’s were to die for. I’ve been surfing the net in search for vintage things and have stumbled across a few blogs I thought I would share with you.

The first one is Casey’s Elegant Musings. She is the modern-day glam girl. She has video tutorials on You Tube on how to pin-up your hair in a 40’s style, she has sewn garments and put together outfits to replicate a 40’s and 50’s style, and much more. I love reading up on her blog and getting great ideas. Her blog can be found here. In fact, after watching one of her hair how-to videos, I tried it myself and was rather pleased with my first attempt. Sorry for the bad picture. I will try to improve the hair and take a better photo later.

Another website that I have been blalking, (definition of blalking: Blog Stalking,) is Colette Patterns. These patterns are a great twist on the vintage style. I have yet to purchase a pattern, but am looming closer and closer. I don’t have a dress form which would come in super handy in sewing garments, so I might just wait until I find one until I buy a pattern. If I can wait that long. ^_^ My favorite pattern from Colette Pattern’s is the Ceylon. In fact, Casey from Casey’s Elegant Musings made this dress in a super cute green fabric.

And so, those are a few of the vintage sites I have been checking out. I am on the look out for more, so if you know of any good ones, let me know! ^_^