Sunday, February 7, 2010

So there WERE larger women back then!

I love the look of vintage dresses. The lines that are (at times) more flattering to a woman's body. Unfortunately, though, it's hard to find vintage clothing in good repair in my size. I wear a size 16, and it's apparent when browsing a vintage shop that there weren't many women in the 50's and 60's wearing my size. At least, if they were, they weren't wearing fashionable clothes.

So imagine my delight when I found a couple of piles of vintage patterns at Goodwill recently all in sizes 16-20 There were six or seven patterns in each batch and they were only $.99 per batch!! I can't wait to make a few of these to add to my spring wardrobe. (especially the white sleeveless wrap above - so cute alone or over jeans!) I hope most of the pieces are included, and of course I may have to check actual sizing since it's possible a 16 in 1964 was not the same as a 16 today... but it's a good start anyway.

If any of you work with vintage patterns much, do you have any advice to offer? Or good resources on altering vintage patterns to size?

I'll post more on these projects as I get fabrics chosen and start the work. How perfect is this Vogue dress with the square neckline? LOVE it!


idyll hands said...

You can go ahead and make me something while you're at it :)

casserole said...

Great find!! I have a whole stack of vintage patterns, all sized 10-12 which sounds like a reasonable size until you read that a size 10 has a size 30 bust, or something ridiculous like that. My sister keeps telling me that she'll teach me how to grade them up, but so far neither of us has gotten around to it.

pentalia said...

OMG!!! Those look just like the patterns my mom and I used to make back in the... well... 60s and early 70s. My mother was very into Vogue patterns.

As I recall, the sizing was often pretty far off for some pattern companies, but Vogue was the best. My mom used to make up a pattern, basted, in something like muslin to see how it was going to fit. She even used paper towels for test-runs of my clothes... scotch-taped the pieces together and then made me try them on... usually just the bodice.

Thanks! I hadn't had those happy memories come up in ages.


Anonymous said...

Sounds like fun. I want to start sewing again. It is a goal of mine.

Amanda said...

I have found that some companies tend to run on the big side. I love finding vintage patterns!! :) Good find!