Wednesday, July 31, 2013

At Long Last.........A Shred of Proof

It's no surprise that I love sewing patterns.  I came across this one the other day, and it finally has (perhaps) proven a theory many of us in the pattern community have had.  It's an Advance Import Adaptation pattern, which were released in limited editions, and are quite scarce now.

There are typically no dates on Advance patterns, much less Advance Imports.  The Advance Import Adaptations were some of the earlier ones seen, and it's always been our idea that they are adaptations of the Paris designers' works.  It couldn't really be proven, because of the lack of dates and other inforation. Today, finally -- proof!  Included in this envelope is the original print add for Advance Import 95, shown here.  The ad is from 1953, and although the page is cut in half, it does say that it's based on Paris (something).  Go to the pattern envelope's back and you find that they call it the Tulip dress.


Christian Dior had his "Tulip" collection in 1953.  Connect the dots and you will see that this must've been based on one of the dresses from that collection, or at least based upon the design elements.

There.  I can sleep at night now.


  1. This is really neat. I love how you just had to figure out what this pattern was based off of. Do you have plans to replicate the pattern?

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  2. Nope. I'm leaving this one to stand on its own merits. :-)