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Thursday, August 9, 2007

Sundresses


A few weeks ago, I discovered that there are tons of vintage children's sewing patterns on eBay. Yes, I know. Where have I been? Well, once I figured it out, I went a little crazy and bought a bunch.

I bought some single patterns and one large lot of several unknown patterns. When I sorted through the lot, I realized that I had one pattern which was nearly identical to another one purchased singly. They were different sizes, thank goodness, but the basic pattern was pretty much unchanged in the two versions.

I made one outfit from each pattern on Sunday. Both came with a pattern for bloomers that have elastic at the legs and waistband. The pattern(s) says to measure the child's waist and leg circumference and then add 2 inches to get the appropriate length of elastic. Since I have no child to measure yet, the final bloomer steps will have to be done later. This is a difficult thing. You want to do lots and lots of stuff to prepare for the coming of the kiddo, but certain things just cannot be done ahead of time.

The picture at the top of this post is of a size 1 outfit made from the Simplicity 5052 pattern, which was published in 1972. The bloomers will be much poofier and gathered once the elastic is inserted. For now, however, we must all just use our imagination to see the cute bubble bottom that will be. Look at the fabulous cross-over straps in the back.


This size 2 outfit was made from Simplicity 8537, which was published in 1978. Basically the same pattern, but with an optional scalloped hem.


I guess those peeps at Simplicity knew how to "leverage" well.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh, I envy you! I'm been searching for this pattern off-and-on for years. I made several of these for my girls in the 70s, and wanted to make them for my granddaughters (four girls). Your outfits are beautiful.

I'm encouranged. If you can find the pattern, perhaps I can, too.

Best of luck to you!

suzanne

megan said...

I love these... I have some of that fabric I've been hoarding for ages and it's perfect on these.

Melissa mclulow@mirainteractive.com said...

I too have been looking for this pattern for ages! Is there any chance I could trouble you for a template copy? Name your price ($25?).

Rebecca said...

Hi Melissa,

Unfortunately, both of those patterns are still under copyright, so I am unable to share them with anyone. You can read up on which patterns are in the public domain and which are not yet here.

I would recommend that you watch the sewing pattern section of Ebay for a few weeks. Surely something useful will come up for sale.

Good luck!

Rebecca

lynn said...

Hi, can you tell me the name of this pattern so that I can look for it too? My grandmother made me an outfit like this when I was little (I have seen it in pictures) and my mom wants to recreate it for my daughter. Thank you!

Rebecca said...

As mentioned in the post, the patterns are Simplicity 5052 pattern, which was published in 1972 and Simplicity 8537, which was published in 1978. However, I think there was a similar version of this outfit published almost every year (even recently), so it shouldn't be too hard to find.

Good luck!

Rebecca

Vestidadelmar said...

Hi ,
I got a granddaughter , now 6 month and I was crazy looking for this pattern I had since I sew them for my daughter as well. I didn't find it anywhere. Maybe someone borrow it and I don't recall who. The one I made was the 5052. So since I did sew them for my 8 year granddaughter too I am asking my daughters in law to look for the dresses I made so I can do the pattern again.
So I looked in the internet and this is how I found you.
Your pieces came out beautiful. I love the contrast you made of the two fabric. I was used to do it reversible too.
Congratulations.
Eli

Vestidadelmar said...

Very Very nice