Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Patterns I Like Today

Jen, over at Moms Patterns has this great wrap dress vintage pattern:
Quick & easy wrap around dress. A; Wrap dress with contrast bodice, short sleeve cuffs, patch pockets on skirt. B: Dress with contrast collar and cuffs. C: Contrast cummerbund. D: Collarless view in border print! A girl's gotta have this one!
I think there is nothing better then a versatile design like this. Some dress just are a "day dress" or a "cocktail dress", but this easy design can be whatever you want just from your choice of fabric and trim. I think I especially like it with the bodice and skirt in two different colors or with the large cummerbund.

Coming Soon to Sew-Retro

Here are a few of the vintage patterns I am in the process of listing this week:

This late 20's mail order pattern is my favorite.

This halter dress pattern makes me think of Grace Kelly.

Another sundress and a great mod coat dress Vogue pattern.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Patterns I like Today

I have always loved this pattern and right now it is listed on eBay by Rita at Chez Cemetarian
The "Walk-Away Dress".
(and I know you can get this in a re-issue from Butterick, but really, why? when you can own the original)
To me it is one of those perfect designs that can be a house dress or dinner dress and anything in between just with your choice of fabric and trim.

From Rita's listing:
During the 1950's, Butterick experienced a phenomenon it had not known since the 'Garibaldi Suit' of the late 1860's. It was pattern 6015, and it was dubbed the 'walk-away' dress, because it was so easy you could "Start it after breakfast... walk-away in it for luncheon!". It's simple yet flattering wrap design and easy construction were what made it so popular. Sales of the pattern were so great, that at one point manufacturing of all other patterns ceased, and only the 'walk-away' dress was produced until all back-orders for this dress could be filled.