Three patterns I probably won’t use, which, in the interests of being able to move in my sewing room, I’d like to pass to a loving home :
This Vogue dates from the early seventies I’m guessing by the style. Its a size 12, bust 34, waist 25 1/2, hip 36, back waist length 16 1/4 inches, and is for an A line skirt, a top in either long or short sleeved version with a contrast band, and trousers, which to judge from the pattern pieces are straight, not flared as the illustration appears – the hem width for these is helpfully given, its 20 3/4 inches. I think this could look pretty chic, with very little adaptation. I don’t remember making this up, but someone did – maybe my sister.
As with all patterns of that era, you get the seam allowance marked all the way round the pattern pieces, so its beginner friendly.
Next up is a Simplicity, pretty standard shirt in sizes 10-18, with a couple of small pleats to the yoke, and a few variations of collar, and either long sleeves to a cuff or flared sleeves. Its a perennial style, but you might want to ignore the call for shoulder pads. (Must be 80s don’t you think?) I haven’t used this, but minus shoulder pads, I kind of like the floral version with the lace collar and the floaty sleeves. Simplicity seems to have picked the least inspiring version to show in the photo, the styling isn’t doing it any favours . I’m sure one of my fellow sewists could upscale this and make a stunning shirt.
Last is a pattern from a company I don’t know. Its for a jacket in an unstructured shirt style, a blouse and a straight skirt, sizes 12 to 18 inclusive. 12 is a 34″ bust, 18 is a 40″ bust. The skirt has angled pockets, nice touch. Unused I think, everything looks ok. Suggested fabrics are silk, lightweight wool, linen, cotton, denim. It needs to have that jacket button placement re-jigged, and sleeves pushed up casually ( add a tab to hold them rolled up?). Or forget the jacket and just go for the straight skirt with the angled pockets, could be the bees knees in a silk duppion.
So, see anything which appeals?
I’ll leave this giveaway open until the end of Jan, if you fancy using one of these patterns (or more than one!) leave a comment. In the event of multiple interest, I’ll draw names from a hat.
( I have one spare haha).