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Smocking for Girls and Boys, Forties’ and Fifties’ Patterns, Part 1

Smocking was a part of traditional dress long before it became associated with clothes for children. However, as a way of expressing devotion through hand sewing, smocking patterns like these remained popular: most of these patterns were featured in the … Continue reading

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Autumn Color for 1928

Patterns for women could be intricately cut or relatively simple at the end of 1928. Luxurious, “dressy” fabrics were suggested, and many of these are rather formal afternoon dresses. The text mentions some wrap-around skirts, too. In its September issue, … Continue reading

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Peasant Blouses, 1940’s to 1950’s

When full, puffy sleeves returned to fashion in the late 1930’s, the “peasant blouse” reappeared. This Hollywood pattern from the Commercial Pattern Archive for a peasant blouse is from 1938. “Tyrolean” hats, ski clothes, and embroidery were briefly popular in … Continue reading

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Companion-Butterick Pattern for Short Misses, May 1937

The Woman’s Home Companion often featured “Triad” patterns, which promised three styles from one Butterick pattern. This one, Companion-Butterick 7361, is unusual in that the styles are so very different from each other. The flattering center-pleat skirt is shown with … Continue reading

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Smocked Blouses for Women, Late 1940’s

“One smocked blouse leads to  another….” After showing smocked dresses from the 1920’s for both women and children, I remembered that I have three vintage McCall Needlework catalogs. I found them, along with several used patterns, at an estate sale … Continue reading

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Colorful Clothing for Girls and Boys, July 1926

I’m making an educated guess at the age range, based on other Butterick illustrations. Teen girls aged 15 to 20 years were “Misses,” and they usually had their own pages of fashions in Delineator magazine. Butterick patterns for children often … Continue reading

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Summer Color: July 1926

Bright colors were on view in the July issue of Delineator for 1926. The colors are not necessarily what we think of as summery hues, but they’re a nice reminder that the clothes we usually see in black and white … Continue reading

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Matching Coat and Dress, February 1928

There is something about the rhythmic curves of this 1928 dress and its coordinating coat that I find very pleasing. The coat is actually more successful from the back than from the front, since the applied trim apparently stops at … Continue reading

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A Few Favorite Twenties’ Patterns

  Today’s post doesn’t have a theme; these are just patterns I find attractive, and they are all from the 1920’s. The coat itself is probably a Butterick pattern, but I don’t have another picture of it. Fullness below the … Continue reading

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Summer Halter Dresses and Pantsuit Patterns from Vogue, 1966

These breezy summer fashions are fifty-one years old, but I can’t really remember a summer since then when halter styles were not worn. In 1966, Vogue patterns offered several halter-style dresses, plus a pantsuit with a halter top included. The … Continue reading

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