3/31/13

Mini Skirt Monday #147: Sewing Pattern Minis


Old sewing pattern envelopes are as good a source as any for some vintage miniskirt action.  Trouble is, these particular pieces of paper ephemera are often not in the best of shape.  They weren't exactly family heirlooms - it's a wonder not all of them got thrown away.  Luckily, some have survived the passing decades without too much deleterious effect, and here they are.  Enjoy.


15 comments:

  1. Sorry just noticed repeat(s) here, but posting from my phone. So, can't fix anytime soon. Apologies.

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  2. Excellent! Now It's time for my Monday night cold shower. ;)

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    1. who actually gets off on this?creeps!

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  3. Old sewing patterns are great. They show what people actually wore, plus the envelope art on the old ones is so much nicer than what you see today.

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  4. Is #9 Shelly Hack? Is that her on #22, too?

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  5. I could swear my mom had #4.

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  6. Cuteness overload! :) #26 (white tennis outfit) reminds me of Priscilla Barnes.

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  7. Oh how I wish I could sew! It's a shame dressmaking is now a lost art, thanks to cheap, disposable, "cookie cutter" clothes.

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  8. I just noticed the sizes on the patterns. In these 70's era patterns a size 12 was for a woman with a 34" bust and a 25-1/2" waist. The "Young Junior" size 7/9 was for someone with a 29" bust and a 23" waist. And the generic "small" was a 8/10.

    So I looked at size charts at a couple of online clothing stores. In today's sizing, that woman with a 34" bust and 25" waist is now a size 6, maybe even a 4. That "Young Junior" with a 29" bust and 23" waist might find a size zero was too large for her, and 4/6 is considered a "small".

    Gotta love vanity sizing.

    I've often heard people say "Marilyn Monroe wore a size 14!" to suggest she may have been a "plus size" woman, but her measurements would put her in a modern size 6... maybe an 8 (if a tailor took in the waist for her).

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  9. I'll take the #4 with nothing on 'em......

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  10. Not many women today have or want a 34 inch chest measurement. Big difference.

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  11. Thank you for posting these, they are so cute! :)

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  12. I love these dresses so much! Thank you

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