Sunday, August 30, 2009

What's your pleasure? A giveaway.


I love this pattern. It's not necessarily anything uber special, but it's special to me. This is the first dress I ever sewed, as a sophomore in high school. The hemline flounce gave me fits, but it was worth it, because my mom and I spent a lot of time together working on it. I made it in blue, and wore it to death and, looking back, it probably looked rather wonky (as most first sewing attempts do), but I never noticed. I was pretty darned proud of myself for completing it, and was really happy when I came across it again.
I keep a lot of pattern numbers in my head at any given point in time, always looking for certain ones, so I was glad that now I know this one's number. Not knowing it made me slightly battier than usual. If you'd asked me a year ago, I wouldn't have been able to tell you the pattern number, but I recognized it as soon as I saw it.
Do you have a pattern like this? I don't mean THIS pattern. I mean a pattern that has special meaning to you. Maybe it's one like mine, that was the first one you ever sewed. Maybe it was your prom gown, or one your mom made for you when you were a kid. Whatever the reason, it was special to you. I get a lot of requests from people, asking to help connect them with a sought after pattern. Sometimes these requests don't have much information, like the one that said "it was from about 1975-78, and the model was brunette, and one outfit was red. And it was a dress. " I actually found that one for her, believe it or not. And it once took me ten months, but I did finally find a customer's 1955 prom dress pattern, so her granddaughter could wear it to her prom. I love treasure hunts, because it means that I'm connecting someone with something meaningful to them.
So tell me, what's your favorite pattern, and why? Leave a comment explaining it, and you'll be automatically entered in a giveaway for a Mood Fabrics bag, just like the designers carry on Project Runway. Tim Gunn not included. (I'd keep him!) Leave your comment (be sure to include your email address), and on Thursday I'll pick a winner. And yes, I'll ship it to you for free.

15 comments:

  1. My favorite pattern is specific to one I own...it is the notes written on it by its previous owner that make me love it. It is Simplicity 1133 from 1955 (its in the Pattern Wiki) and mine has writing saying: "One of Marilyn's honeymoon dresses". My grandmother's name was Marilyn and she was really big into sewing; she had a degree in fashion design. I have almost no pictures of her from when she was young, so I always fancy that this might have belonged to her, especially since I got it from a local dealer. Furthermore, the yoke/pleat detailing reminds me of wings on a bird, and my grandmother was obsessed with swans.

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  2. Hmmm, this is a tough one. I think my favorite pattern is probably the piece I'm currently working on . . . until it get to the "frustrating part" -- you know there's at least one in every pattern. :-) Right now it's a Simplicity "Museum Curator" pattern, #2881. A skirt to wear with my hoop skirt at the next SF convention. Once I get to the hundreds of pleats, my excitement may begin to wane . . .

    After that, my favorite will be the next project that I haven't yet messed up and come to loathe. ;-)

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  3. For me it was a mid 1970's Butterick 6531: a Betsey Johnson of Alley Cat sewing pattern. Unfortunately, I can't cut and paste my photo of the pattern cover, but it came in 3 styles of dresses. I made the short dress set with the ruffle at the bottom of the bodice and gored skirt. The bodice had princess seams and, for me in my mid teens, sewing that was quite a feat for me to attempt then, having being self taught and voluminous ruffles attached also to skirt and bodice. I made it out of white cotton with pink roses bouquets scattered throughout the yardage. It being the 1970's, it wouldn't surprise me in the least if the fabric width was 37" wide, which most calico manufactured then was still commonly that measurement. I topped it off with a pink floppy brim hat, which were popular then. The dress brings back a very happy, carefree time for me. Those years were the most happiest time in my life and in a lot of people of our age group. Never did I know then that, fast forward, almost 40 yrs later, Betsey Johnson would become one of America's hottest designers. I just loved her carefree designs of the time. She showed that carefree spirit in her designs for Alley Cat.

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  4. Mine isn't really a pattern... more of a tutorial. i found instructions on how to make a dress in a japanese youth fashion called lolita. i was intimidated to start it, terrified that i would mess it up, as i was making it for my friend's sweet 16. I finished it, and i am thrilled that she loves it!

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  5. Vogue 2183, an early-1990s Christian Lacroix suit pattern! It has a cropped jacket that, instead of having a button closure on the center front, actually buttoned to the high-waisted skirt. I loved the pattern from the moment I first saw it, but at the time, I told myself that I had no use for an offbeat, flirty suit. I denied myself because it was too frivolous. Years later, I finally realized that it's OK to just collect patterns. Even if I don't make them. It's OK to just love the patterns. So, about 15 years after I first fell in love with the pattern, I searched eBay for months (I didn't know the pattern number, but I searched the sewing patterns category for "Christian Lacroix.") and found it, and I now finally own it!

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  6. I have one (and I have a copy of yours too, lol). Mine is Simplicity 7099 from 1991. My mom made it for me and for my sister back when the pattern was new. We called them our "leaf dresses" -- mine has green leaves on a cream background and my sister's leaves are on a black background. Almost 20 years later It's still one of my favorites -- maybe it's not exactly stylish, but it's super-comfortable and perfect for weekends. Last year I asked my mom if she still had the pattern: she did, and gave it to me. I plan to make another one sometime soon. Though I will not be hand-stitching the hem, as my mom did ...

    Here's a picture of my pattern: http://www.flickr.com/photos/graustark/3301426903/

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  7. A blouse pattern from the early 70s - Simplicity 7880. It has fitted shoulders and gathers all the way around from a straight yoke. I've never seen another pattern like it, and it was the most comfortable, flattering thing I've ever made for myself. Ever. I still have the tattered original pattern, but it is a Size 10 (hahaha!). If I could find the Size 16, it would probably fit me now. I've been looking and looking...finally came up with a 14 on eBay, but don't know if I'm clever enough to enlarge a pattern. But if I could find the elusive Size 16, I'd be sewing right now!

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  8. Because I have been sewing since I was in the third grade all my major life events were lived wearing something I made. But the top one is McCalls 2320 a jumpsuit pattern from 1970. I made view A in brown corduroy. I wore it on my first date with my husband. It was 1970 and Emma Peel jumpsuits were really in. I remember feeling so cool and hip wearing it. Well it's 39 years later, still happily married to that guy, and still sewing all my clothes.

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  9. I think mine is Butterick 5865, from 60s-70s. I haven't made it yet, but that's mostly because I haven't found the perfect fabric for it yet (I'm thinking natural coloured wool...). For me, it's the embodiment of what I love on the era's dresses. I hope it will also be a good pattern to work with!

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  10. Having not sewn any clothing items in almost 20 years, I started back in with McCall's M4460 for my daughter's 8th grade semi-formal dance (I couldn't believe they were having one for the 8th grade and I was not about to purchase an expensive dress!) It turned out well and then I found my favorite:
    Simplicity #2648 from their AmazingFit line. I made this for myself (did a muslin first) and I love it!!!
    Both dresses can be seen on my blog if you search the "sewing" label.

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  11. Ohmigosh! I made this exact same pattern when I was in the 8th grade (in 1975). I made it in a finewale corduroy paisley print that was hunter green and ecru. I wore it with a hunter green turtleneck. And I was amazed to find a slouchy newsboy cap in the exact same fabric at Sears- of course I had to buy it--but didn't wear it very much--but just the novelty of having my hat match my jumper was the envy of my friends! I'm sure mine looked a bit wonky too, since I never did figure out what I was doing wrong putting that top band on up around the bodice....thanks for the trip down memory lane, I can't imagine when I last thought about that garment!

    Wendy

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  12. Well I am quite newbie here, but since I am creating my own memory lane as I write this, still though I should share my favorite pattern so far. Nothing fancy, but just full of cuteness and very sentimental for me - little booties that I made for my little baby girl :) I found the pattern in Amy Butler's book "Little Stitches for little ones". I fall in love with them all over again every time I set my eyes on them. This book has other great patterns - but this one if by far my fav. I know i'll remember this pattern forever :)

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  13. I wish I had a special pattern and a story to go with it... but I don't... yet! I'm still looking for it. Or maybe I have it already and it just hasn't become 'the one' yet. I'm sure it will come to me one day... so for now I'll just keep sewing away.

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  14. Nice post - 1970's fashion pictures ..Keep Posting


    Ron
    1970's fashion pictures

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  15. I used that pattern c. 1975 to make a sundress in red check gingham. I know I wore it for several years, even as a jumper on Christmas once!

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