Today, my dear readers, I have a mystery to share with you… and, of course the solution to the mystery.
The other day, my family and I went vintage shopping at a favorite store of ours, where I picked up a dress pattern. But not just any old dress pattern. Oh, no, this pattern was hand drawn on stiff paper, packaged in clear plastic, and the only label of what size it was, or even just a clue of what it looked like, was on this little pink slip of paper on the front, which read,
Now, you know, I love a challenge, not to mention a mystery, so I just had to buy it. So, home it came with me, along with some lovely vintage notions.
That night, I laid out the pattern, to see if I could make head or tail of what the dress could possibly look like. I was able to get a pretty good idea of what the basic shape of the dress would be, and of course being a pretty experienced seamstress helped quite a bit! It appeared that it was a button up bodice, which had a sort of sweetheart neckline, with a strange gathered yoke, and an A-line gored skirt, as well as little curved notches in the short sleeves, and two little bows that went somewhere.
The neatest part about the pattern, was that it had the instructions written on the back of the pattern pieces.
Now, at this point, you might be wondering, “What’s so mysterious about this? It’s just a hand drafted pattern isn’t it?” Be patient, and you shall see.
I too, at first, suspected it to be a hand drafted pattern, but it seemed just a wee bit too sophisticated to be that, having notches and circles which you had to match up during construction. So, I set to work, scouring the internet to see if I could find a pattern that was even close to what mine appeared to be. “What?! She’s crazy to think that she could find one pattern out of a thousand, and from several different pattern companies too!” I was thinking the same thing, but I was determined. And eventually, my determination led to finding this:
See the sweetheart neckline, and the strange gathered yoke? The notches in the sleeves? The two bows? Not to mention, it’s shown on a matronly woman, adding up to the label on my pattern “Mothers Dress”. Perfect match don’t you think?
Still not convinced? All right, compare the pattern shapes on the back of the envelope with my picture above of my pattern pieces.
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If you’re not convinced by the above evidence, I don’t know what will convince you.
Now, of course, I did have to grade the pattern down a size, but that wasn’t too hard when I used Casey’s wonderful Pattern Grading 101 series.
Hopefully I will find the perfect fabric to make it out of, so you can see the dress in real life, and not just a flat picture.
But first I have to finish those other three (or was it four?) projects… “sigh”
The Middle Sister and Singer