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Member since, 2/22/05

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Pattern Review 4/30/10 5:56 PM
Butterick - 8084 Vintage c.1957 Dress
Pattern Description: From the Envelope:"Quick & Easy Full-Skirted Dress: A full, princess dress that combines an Empire, surplice bodice and gored skirt. (A) Contrast collar, below-elbow sleeves, a contrast Empire sash. (B) No collar. (c) Short-sleeved bodice of eyelet flouncing." I don't know if... more...
Pattern Review 5/4/09 8:17 PM
Other - 416 Hollywood 416: 1940 Slip
Pattern Description: I chose this pattern to coordinate with the semi-sheer dress I was making from Hollywood 602 and made them simultaneously so that I could have the hems, etc match up. (You can see the review for the dress here.) Another pattern from the great Hollywood Pattern Company, this s... more...
Pattern Review 5/4/09 8:07 PM
Other - 602 Hollywood 602: 1941 Dress
Edited to add: I mentioned that I made a vintage slip to wear with this dress. I've reviewed the pattern for that as well, and you can find it here. Pattern Description: This vintage pattern comes from the Hollywood Pattern Company, and like many of their patterns it features a Movie Star, in thi... more...
photo Sewing Tip 4/20/09 4:03 PM
Vintage Patterns: Using and Storing
As my collection of pre-1960 patterns grows, I've become more interested in caring for these patterns more thoughtfully. Old paper is very sensitive to light, dampness, acid and chemicals (especially from plastics). I'm also a believer in using vintage patterns, even though I know every time I hand... more...
Pattern Review 4/15/09 4:36 PM
Other - 547 Hollywood 547: 1930s Dress
Pattern Description: This Vintage 1930s Sport Dress Pattern is from the Hollywood Pattern Company, and the stamp on the back indicates it was likely printed in 1935. Like many of the Hollywood patterns, it features a Movie Star to promote the pattern, in this case the marvelous Claudette Colbert o... more...

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