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Treasure Trove!

I really needed to clean my apartment, but I didn’t want to clean my apartment…so I went out vintage browsing instead. I was sort of looking for a nightstand, but was open to finding something else…and did I ever! I came across this box:

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It was labeled at $10. I knew they were patterns. Old patterns. The box said 40’s and 50’s and the few I pulled fit that time period. In this condition, I usually expect to spend a couple of bucks per pattern. There were obviously more than ten, so the cost was more than reasonable. Normally, I only collect Vogue patterns (because it would be a never-ending hunt if I didn’t narrow it down and I prefer the Vogue illustrations), and the box didn’t have any that I could quickly see but, still, a whole box…what costumer in her sort-of right mind could pass it up? Not this one!

I got home just a bit ago and started gingerly removing the patterns from the box. The envelopes are delicate and can crumble or rip if handled with anything but the utmost of care. I started laying them out and was awestruck by what I found:

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40 Patterns! 40! And they span quite a range. There are ballgowns, everyday dresses, skirts, blouses, nightgowns and nighties, a majorette pattern, even one for slippers made from felt! I’m so thrilled. The patterns are tiny (as is bound to happen with items from before McDonald’s was everywhere), and all but a few have been cut, which makes them less valuable, but, to me, the invaluable part are the illustrations. Unlike fashion illustrations, the illustrations from patterns are a pretty reliable way of gauging what women from this time period would be wearing. Popular colors, patterns, shoes, and so forth are easy to see. Also, and this is vital, hair and sometimes hats are illustrated as well. I like having the patterns because they give me a way of accessing the visuals for a period from a primary source. I’m intrigued by several drop-waist dress patterns from the mid-fifties…I’ve not seen any like it before. And, yes, there are some Vogue patterns after all. One is for a pencil skirt, the other for a sleeveless blouse with a really interesting neckline, both are ©1952.

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2014 in Vintage Beauties

 

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Vintage Vogue

I have a small collection of vintage Vogue patterns, the illustrations are simple, the styles are beautiful. I buy them whenever I come across them. I’ve chosen Vogue because I like the illustration style the best. I’ll probably never use the patterns themselves, but they are great as inspiration when I’m designing costumes.Vintage Vogue Pinafores Vintage Vogue 40's Blouse 2 Vintage Vogue 40's Blouse Vintage Vogue 40's Dress 2 Vintage Vogue 40's Dress 3 Vintage Vogue 40's Dress 4 Vintage Vogue 40's dress Vintage Vogue 40's Skirt Suit

 

 
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Posted by on January 7, 2013 in Vintage Beauties

 

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