All posts tagged: patterns

My vintage menswear patterns

Mr Dreamy can rarely be convinced to wear vintage styles, but I still like collecting vintage mens patterns, partly because they are useful for clients, partly because I want to teach classes on vintage menswear, and partly out of a hope that someday he will convert and become as enamored of vintage fashions as I am. A lot of my vintage men’s patterns are from the 1970s, because the 70s was a great period for men’s patterns – incredibly well written and drafted, and easy to alter to other periods.  I do have some earlier patterns though, so I’ll focus on those today. Like Butterick 3999, the only menwear pattern that I inherited from my Grandma.  I can just imagine Grandpa wearing this shirt.  I don’t think he played golf though. Academy 2174 is the (slightly earlier, or well behind the times) New Zealand version of the sports shirt.  I love how dapper the men are, in a sort of really ugly Clark Gable way. Keeping things casual is Weigel’s 1590, with beach shorts, summer …

Simplicity 2733: a pattern mystery

I found Simplicity 2733 at an op-shop a few days ago, and it has turned out to be quite a fascinating piece. On the surface, it looks simple: a basic late ’50s blouse pattern: The pattern wasn’t a lot, and I was in a hurry, so I didn’t inspect it at the op shop.  When I came home and opened it up, I was surprised for two reasons. First, I got a bonus!  It also included most of the pieces (all but the longer sleeve view) and the instructions for Simplicity 1735.  Sweet! The second surprise?  Simplicity 2733 is late 1950s, but the pattern is a non-printed, pre-cut perforated pattern, of the type that you rarely see in post mid-1940s patterns.  I have never before seen a 1950s pattern of this type. What a conundrum.  Why is this particular pattern so old-fashioned?  Are all copies of 2733 like this?  Or was this pattern produced in NZ, using older technology, meaning that the NZ version of the pattern is different than the usual international version? Any …

My 1940s patterns: all the other goodies

I’ve shown you my 1940s daywear patterns, and my 1940s evening wear patterns, and my 1940s blouses & shorts & playsuits, now it’s time for everything else. So what’s left? Coats. Of course, you’ve already seen Advance 4916 and know it is quite a favourite of mine. There are also hats.  How cute are the ones in Butterick 1690?  Best of all, I actually have hats my grandmother made from these as part of scout uniforms.  D’awwww. In the children’s clothes vein, I also have, Academy 3450, a pattern for (wait for it) child’s jodhpurs!  Squee!  So exciting!  Tiny they may be, but I am totally going to size these up and make this for myself.  I think it is wonderful that there was enough of a market for jodhpurs in New Zealand for Academy to do their own jodhpur pattern. From children to pre-children, I’m pretty sure Butterick 4019 is 1940s (super broad square shoulders, mandarin collars and an oriental fastening are kind of a giveaway), but it’s definitely maternity wear.  Check out those button front …