How often do you buy patterns and not get them constructed? Below are a few, about a third, of the best of the commercial envelope dress patterns in my stash. All acquired with intention.
First up, Vogue 2031 Geoffrey Beene. I’ve had this forever, and made it up once, modified into a sort of casual jacket, by putting sleeves in, and a contrasting facing turned to the front and front band and huge buttons. Its a great pattern, why haven’t I remade it as a dress yet? I’ve no idea. I like pretty much everything about this, the cap sleeves, the fitted bodice, and the pockets, with the soft pleats in the front, starting at the waist, finishing at the hipline.
Next, I’m not trying for a particular order here, is a pattern I bought on on ebay a couple of years ago, V8417 because the nice diagonal panels and swishiness of the skirt caught my eye. I’m not sure about the neckline, but I think the short version would make a great summer dress in a lightweight silk. Its quite fabric hungry, and still lurking.
Vogue 1014. Sometimes I like this a lot. I like the angled panel, and the idea of the contrasting textures of fabrics, the knotted tie effect. Downside, the length of the hem on the draped piece. Could it be rejigged to end up higher without spoiling the proportions of the drapes?
Also hanging in there Vogue 1191 by Michael Kors. I bought this one, from Vogue, paying their astronomical postage fees. It looks good on everyone that’s made it up and posted the result, and its still hanging about un sewn chez moi. I kept waiting for the ideal fabric.
A complete contrast. Two dress patterns by Anne Adams, sent to me by my good sewing friend Emily, dating, guessing by the styles, from the forties. I have made the top section of the one with the bow as a blouse. It has great sleeves too. What I need for these is a nice rayon with a small pattern – any suggestions out there? Rayon crepe would be a bonus. The one on the left might be good in two fabrics, a lightweight for the top and a firmer fabric for the skirt.
Still vintage, a fifties dress with kimono cut sleeves and full skirt – ebay purchase, Vogue 4547
Michael Kors Vogue 1117. I made this up for someone else, I bought it for me, so its still to do. I’ve seen this made up in floral prints, and looking pretty good.
So, what’s the explanation for all this pattern procrastination?