Vintage Patterns, Part 2

As you may have noticed, there’s been a slight delay on the “current projects” front, but hopefully we will be back with our regularly scheduled programming shortly. In the mean time: more eye candy!!

Anne Adams 4702, size “14 YR-32 BUST”. LOVING the swing jacket (named “short sleeve bolero” on the pattern). The pattern includes the jacket, a 4 panel skirt, and a blouse which they only have a teeny-tiny drawing of – I think it’s a jewel neckline, wide-shoulder=cap-sleeve little shell. As with the dress pattern from the newspaper, the instructions for all three pieces are in the 6.5×18 inch section at the bottom of the instruction sheet (the top being the size chart, piece drawings, layout instructions, and the illustration shown above). The back of the sheet has general sewing info. I hope those ladies had good reference books! Unprinted. No date on the pattern, but the mailing envelope had a 1 cent stamp sent Aug 28, 1949. Funny thing is, the newspaper was based in Halifax (even the pattern department according to the return address label), the customer was in Lunenberg (about 1.5 hours away), and the stamp says the pattern itself was sent from Ontario!! Centralization must be a long tradition ;).

Also loving this jacket!! Anne Adams 4906, size 15 (33-27-36), unprinted. Sent from the Star Weekly in Toronto, Feb 18, 1949. Well, I guess if this style was common for “jackets” in 1949, then the previous picture is definitely a “bolero”! I’ll have to try sketching this out on my croquis – I tend to do well with the princess seams, but I can sometimes read as a “pear”, and depending on where the peplum hits, I may end up looking stuffed in this.

Simplicity 1490. Waist 24, Hip 33 (no sizes but waist measurements). 1956, printed. I really liked this when I thought it was a dress. I might have to draft a boatnecked shell to add onto the skirt one day! Two very wide skirts (between 2 and 3 yards of fabric in a knee-length skirt!), version 1 is pleated at the top, and version 2 is gathered. The pattern for the cummerbund is included.


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