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I Love It When the Mailman Brings Me Goodies from Etsy!

24 June 2010 2 Comments

Yippee! The mailman delivered 3 more Vintage patterns from Etsy today! I watched him put the patterns in my mailbox this afternoon but forced myself to wait until dinner to retrieve them so I wouldn’t get distracted from my work. This actually took a great deal of restraint because my sewing pattern addiction is out of control.

McCalls 7839

This 1965 pattern appealed to me because I want to sew a classic shirt dress pattern. I like the A-line and pencil skirts, but I think I prefer the short sleeved version better than the three quarter length sleeves. I think this dress would look classy in an upscale fabric in a solid color, especially if I jazz it up with pretty accessories and shoes. What’s most interesting to me about this pattern is the half sizing. I’ve never seen this before, but it’s perfect for me! I wish the contemporary patterns would adopt this sizing because I typically fall between pattern sizes and half sizing is more efficient (in my humble opinion) than cutting between the lines. But I won’t hold my breath! I like this dress better than the shirt dress I just purchased during the McCall’s $.99 sale at Hancock Fabrics.

Simplicity 7803

First of all, this pattern envelope is tattered and I’ve never seen balled-up pattern pieces stuffed into an envelope before. Seriously, I could have tossed them to my cat and she would have had a field day batting it around the floor with her paws like a ping pong ball. I’m guessing that the original owner didn’t plan to sew this dress again. I’m definitely going to have to iron the pattern pieces before I make this dress (please let me know if there’s anything I need to know before I try this!).

But despite the raggedy packaging, this dress has a lot of potential. I really like the version featured on the right. The round collar and sleeves are funky, and I love the belt. It’s super cute. And I’ll get to learn how to make fabric covered buttons. I think I’ll search for a funky 70’s retro print to do this dress justice. Don’t you just love the model’s pose and facial expression? Her attitude is so fierce! The models featured in the contemporary pattern envelopes need to step up their game.

Simplicity 6389

This 70’s dress pattern is super cute! It’s definitely my favorite pattern of the 3 that arrived today. I love the diamond shaped cut out back, cap sleeves, sweetheart neckline, braid trim, and bows! Basically, I love everything about this pattern except for the fact that I will have to convert the yardage estimates from meters to yards, but I’m sure there’s probably an online calculator available.  Interestingly, the braid trim is omitted from the longer version, but I will probably add it when I make the knee-length dress.

I am also really impressed that this pattern arrived so quickly from Australia (it was printed in New Zealand), so I have to give a shout out to Lynda with All The Precious Things for the speedy shipping. Moreover, the pattern is the correct size (whoo hoo!) and the envelope and pattern are in good condition. I couldn’t ask for more from a vintage pattern (except for uncut pattern pieces ;).

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  • Tiffany said:

    Great blog…..I absolutely love this dress pattern!!

  • Carla (author) said:

    Thanks, Tiffany. Which dress do you love?

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