Heather’s Beautiful Dresses

Here’s a story about how amazing the internet can be. It started with a simple question, and ends with me receiving these absolutely gorgeous 1950’s dress patterns!

First, the patterns:

Three beautiful 1950’s dresses! From left to right, Simplicity 1795, Simplicity 3965, Vogue 9114.

The first dress on the left has the most fabulous dramatic sash. Love it! My sister’s going to make it first, as someone’s vintage-inspired wedding dress. I hope I’ll get to see photos of the finished dress!

The middle one is a simple, full-skirted style with back neckline variations. I’ve just started watching Mad Men and this is such a Betty Draper dress. (Such a great show – I’m hooked!)

The last one’s my favourite! Look at the pretty bodice details. For once, I’ve picked a pattern that would be equally gorgeous in a fall fabric – lightweight wool crepe, maybe a tweed, or a muted fall floral print. Of course, I still absolutely love the floral print with a big contrast bow!

Ok, so how did I end up with these lovelies?

When I first announced my 100 Follower Giveaway, I received an email from Heather, asking me if I could give her directions to Button Button for the next time she was in town. I replied with detailed directions by transit, and we started chatting back and forth.

And then the best part – she says: would you be interested in an exchange? Vintage patterns for vintage pound bags of buttons?? Turns out she’d acquired a collection of vintage patterns and the puffy-skirted ones weren’t her style. (Lucky me!)

We worked out a deal: I’d pick up her buttons and send them to her, in exchange for these three patterns. Pretty sweet, don’t you think? Uncut, factory-folded vintage patterns, in my size. It was meant to be!

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7 Responses to Heather’s Beautiful Dresses

  1. Patty October 6, 2010 at 6:44 am #

    They’re adorable! I like the draped back in the center pattern (hmmm… would that work in real life?) and the 3/4 sleeves on the third. I’m thinking a lot about how to translate my love of full circle skirts and dresses to cold weather temps. Just the idea of cold air blasting up the dress…. brrrrrr….

    Also, I was interested to see the different skirt lengths on the envelopes! One of my earlier projects was Vogue 2903 (a ‘vintage reprint’ whatev.) with the usual super long skirt. I made it as directed and felt totally frumpy, so I cut off quite a bit of the hem as part of my SSS struggle to find things to wear (before/after pics http://thesnugbug.blogspot.com/2010/09/self-stitched-september-day-13-another.html) I loved the look, but now seeing the envelopes, I’m more drawn to the longer skirts again! Is it the impossible to resist pattern envelope cartoon lady glamour that’s lulling me into what-looks-good-amnesia?

    What a cool exchange! Buttons! I love buttons so much!

  2. Funnygrrl October 6, 2010 at 7:23 am #

    The online community is amazing, isn’t it? Great trade! Looking forward to seeing the results.
    Madmen is incredible. Great clothes.

  3. Nancy October 6, 2010 at 8:49 am #

    I can’t decide who’s getting the better end of this deal. I need vintage buttons, want to trade we me? teehee. Just kidding.

    Can’t wait to see that vintage inspired wedding dress. You’ll share it with us right?

  4. Shannon October 6, 2010 at 3:13 pm #

    That is so very cool. Sounds like you are both happy. Will be fun to see these made up. I think the style will look great on you!

  5. Sarah October 9, 2010 at 10:01 pm #

    Those are some really great patterns. I haven’t seen any like the one on the far right before and I sell a lot of vintage patterns. Although, there was a vintage pattern that was reproduced by Butterick but it wrapped around from the back to make the bodice formation that you see in the pattern you have. It is so much fun when we get to find people online that we can connect with and share the love of crafting. I had the opportunity to swap patterns for patterns with a women across the country from me and it was a real treasure. Everytime I look at the patterns, or see what I made from them I remember her. She was a treasure! :) Best wishes on your sewing adventures.

  6. Heather October 11, 2010 at 3:46 pm #

    Hi Tasia, I’m honored that you’re going to such trouble with my former patterns! I’m glad they went to a good home.

  7. amber October 13, 2010 at 10:52 am #

    That is one heck of a great swap! Those patterns are really beautiful.