Vintage Pattern Eye Candy

Life has gotten in the way this week – sadly I’ve got nothing of my own projects to show, so I’m bringing back the “3 random vintage patterns in my stash” post! Like I need an excuse to play with them ;).

McCall’s 3988, size 14, bust 34, 1956. I really like the collar on this one (sans lace).  The skirt is actually 3 rectangles, pleated into the bodice – surprisingly the dress only calls for 3 7/8 to 4 5/8 yards of fabric depending on view and width (the latter being the sleeved version with 35″ wide fabric) – I was expecting > 5 with that poof!  The bodice has both underarm darts and pleats at the waist – which I guess would be why they are recommending really light weight fabrics (cotton shears, printed silk or cotton, linen, broadcloth, etc) – the unstitched pleats would pop out in a heavier weight fabric.  But couldn’t you see view B in a medium weight wool?

Butterick 1879, size 15, bust 33 (why yes, we did just go up a size and down a measurement! could be because it’s labelled a “Junior Miss Wedding Gown and Veil”), no date, unprinted pattern priced at 25 cents on the instruction sheet, but 50 cents on the pattern envelope!  It came in an envelope hand addressed to “Mrs. John C. Crouse” with the only address as “Town”.  At least I think that’s what it says.  Return address “Education Department, Women’s Missionary Society of the United Lutheran Church in America, 723 Muhlenberg Bldg. (1228 Spruce St.), Philadelphia, PA” – I wonder if the Society actually sold Butterick patterns, or if someone was using office stationary to give something to a friend ;).

Butterick 4366, size small (12-14, bust 30-32), no date, unprinted pattern, also listed as 50 cents on the envelope, but the style of both the envelope and instruction sheet is different from the wedding dress.  Could be different “lines”, but I’m thinking different years as well.  Described as “(A)Long cape for evening wear has a deep V yoke in back.  Attached hood has a face-framing cuff effect. (B)Shorter length cape for daytime wear. (C)This version is suitable for rainwear in a plastic fabric.  All are “Quick and Easy” to sew.” Ah, I missed the little sketch of the woman in her plastic raincoat and rubber boots!   Can you imagine trying to get plastic through a Singer sewing machine?

This might have actually been a bad idea – who wants to make boring wool pants now??


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