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Date: 5/10/12 4:15 AM

Did women in the mid to late 50s and early 60s not get cold arms? Nearly all my vintage reprints or retro style patterns have no sleeves at all, never mind long sleeves. Are there good patterns out there that I'm missing?

I've been invited to a Mad Men themed birthday party in two weeks and I'm very excited about it, but I don't know what to wear. It's a house party and it's winter here, and the house is cold and damp even with the heater on (many New Zealand houses have only one single heat source in the whole house, and no insulation or damp-proofing). I cannot possibly go sleeveless unless I hit the tequila first, and a jacket might be a bit too formal.

I do own Vogue 1044 and Vogue 2903 which both have long sleeves, but that's about it. Am I missing some really obvious patterns?

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Date: 5/10/12 4:42 AM

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Did women in the mid to late 50s and early 60s not get cold arms? Nearly all my vintage reprints or retro style patterns have no sleeves at all, never mind long sleeves. Are there good patterns out there that I'm missing?



I've been invited to a Mad Men themed birthday party in two weeks and I'm very excited about it, but I don't know what to wear. It's a house party and it's winter here, and the house is cold and damp even with the heater on (many New Zealand houses have only one single heat source in the whole house, and no insulation or damp-proofing). I cannot possibly go sleeveless unless I hit the tequila first, and a jacket might be a bit too formal.



I do own Vogue 1044 and Vogue 2903 which both have long sleeves, but that's about it. Am I missing some really obvious patterns?

I know what you mean. Living in rainy cold UK it would be nice to have some longsleeve 40's, 50's and early 60's dresses.
There are a couple of butterick ones with 3/4 or long sleeves
http://butterick.mccall.com/retro-pages-371.php
But not much of a 'choice' really. Only option is to make a nice jacket or buy a cardigan.

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Date: 5/10/12 11:05 AM

My older sisters always wore those thin sweaters that came with the twin sets.



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Date: 5/10/12 2:02 PM

They did what we do today: draft, frenkenpattern or use a sleeve pattern.

3/4 sleeves with elbow darts were more common in the era then anything else with sleeves (if magazines, the patterns and people are to be believed), and even then they're not an option on everything. I have a handful of those from 50s-60s that have sleeveless, short, long and 3/4, but those fit just about every other pattern from there.

I cannot wear sleeveless at all. Doesn't matter if it's from 1880 or 2080, I have to have sleeves.

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Date: 5/10/12 4:05 PM

You are correct: short and 3/4 sleeves were more common than long sleeves during those years. I never thought about that much until this thread came up. Looking through old photographs I don't see many long-sleeved dresses either. And--rarely sleeveless on women over (approximately) 40.

Lareine, as someone mentioned sweaters were usually worn over the dresses if it got chilly.

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Date: 5/10/12 4:30 PM

Have you thought about going with a more "Joan" look than a "Betty Draper" look?

I remember that shift dress that you made a while back that fits you like a glove. Joan wears dresses with a similar silhouette quite a bit, and you could probably change the neckline/frankenpattern some sleeves onto it, make up the dress in a royal blue or purple, add a broach and a pen on a chain around your neck and be ready to go.

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Date: 5/10/12 4:58 PM

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Have you thought about going with a more "Joan" look than a "Betty Draper" look?



I remember that shift dress that you made a while back that fits you like a glove. Joan wears dresses with a similar silhouette quite a bit, and you could probably change the neckline/frankenpattern some sleeves onto it, make up the dress in a royal blue or purple, add a broach and a pen on a chain around your neck and be ready to go.

I think my shape lends itself much more to Joan's style of dressing, but for this particular occasion I don't want to be too va va voom. The host (a generally very sweet guy who's a friend of my husband) has something of a crush on me which becomes quite overt when he has been drinking, and I don't want to get him too hot under the collar

Does Joan have anything in her wardrobe that isn't va va voom? I think all her outfits are very figure-hugging but i might have missed something.

I was actually going to go for Peggy style as I don't have a small enough waist to pull off Betty style properly, but all her necklines are so high that I'd look like an overstuffed pillow. Sigh.

I'm probably overthinking the whole sleeves thing. I can cobble something together from an existing pattern and add long sleeves to suit myself. Even if it's not quite period-correct it's not likely that any of my friends will realise or care
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Date: 5/10/12 7:23 PM

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Did women in the mid to late 50s and early 60s not get cold arms?


Heck, haven't you noticed dresses NOW? I spent all of last summer trying to find a RTW dress with even *short* sleeves. I never go anywhere that's warm enough for me to go sleeveless. The sleevelessness of women's dress is a perplexing fashion trend that has repeated through the centuries (hard to find ancient Greek clothing that covered the arms, and Regency/Empire fashion favored short sleeves--even in chilly England!). And I am completely perplexed by the current trend toward short sleeved sweaters and jackets. When is that for?!

Anyway--I think a cardigan would add an extra dose of sweet & demure, but I will still want it OVER sleeves!

Good luck!

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Date: 5/10/12 9:25 PM

I know that cardigans were worn. I had a little chain with clips that kept it on my shoulders when my arms weren't in the sleeves. People washed dishes by hand more often. I know that I hate doing that with long sleeves. I have a hard time keeping the edges dry.

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Date: 5/10/12 11:11 PM

We don't have a dishwasher and I certainly know the annoyance of wet cuffs! Rubber gloves don't seem to help that much.

You have reminded me that I do have a sweater guard somewhere that is similar to the one you described. I haven't seen it in at least a year -- must have a root around to see if it's down the back of a drawer somewhere. It might come in very handy.

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