Yesterday I arrived home to find not one but two packages in the mail! First package was from Melody over at Bourbon and Bras, I had won 2 vintage patterns printed in Great Britain from a giveaway she hosted. I love vintage patterns, the elegance and simplicity of times past and these are no exceptions.
The first one is McCalls 7521, copyrighted 1964. It is very Audry Hepburn looking and I love it. It is a high waisted lined sleeveless dress with a scooped neckline and a back zipper. The fitted skirt has small tucks coming off the bodice. It also comes with a stole pattern, how elegant. It has a short and a long version. All this and it only takes 6 pattern pieces to complete!
Next is the Simplicity 7384, copyrighted 1967. A collarless dress with a low round neckline with an optional set of short set in sleeves. It also has a long and a short version and version 3 is worn with a wonderful ribbon sash. Again only six pieces to cut to create this amazing dress.
She included a lovely notecard with a web page recommendation for grading these patterns and an offer to help me as well if I need it. I can’t tell you how excited I am.
My second package was just as exciting. It was from my ‘swap partner’ for the Sew Weekly Reunion, her name is Mary at Sewzen.me. Definitely need to check out her blog. She is a sewing instructor and her site is very informative. The blog will definitely be going to my blogroll so that I can check in regularly. Mary sent me a lovely Pencil Skirt pattern made by a independent company called Pamela’s Patterns. I have never used this pattern company but am excited to give it a try. She was also kind enough to provide me the elastic needed for the pattern, also sold by Pamela’s Patterns, along with a packet of sewing machine needles (What seamstress doesn’t need these! ) and the most unusual colored buttons that I have ever seen. They are multicolored with a black backing, they almost remind me of the inside of a sea shell, with their sheen and luster.
Speaking of the Sew Weekly Reunion, the challenge has been announced! Using the Fall Pantone Colors we are creating garments, while trying to incorporate our swap partner’s items. My head is racing around trying to decide what fabric I am going to use. I am digging through two years of fabric stash and hoping that I find something that inspires me. If not I will run to the local fabric stores, coupons in hand, and see what works for me there. I have the month of August to complete so I need to get started!