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« on: October 13, 2014 08:13:30 AM »

This is from the Daily Mirror (UK), dated Monday, February 21, 1955.





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« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2014 08:34:31 AM »

I love that so many of the vintage patterns just assumed that everyone knew how to make 14 buttonholes... Grin.

Is it odd that while this was published in a UK publication, the measurements and yardage is done in inches and yards?  Was it an American designer?

Can you imagine drawing out your paper into a grid as they instruct and them drawing out your own pattern? 

I collect Japanese clothes making books and find the instructions to be detailed yet assumes that pattern drawing is in everyone's set of skills! Grin

it would be fun to follow the instructions on this one to see what turns out...and wow...what small measurements they give as the "average" size...to have a 26 inch waist...holy cow...I would have to add at least 2 inches per side, front and back on the bodice!

Thanks for sharing this trip back in time...
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« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2014 08:46:36 AM »

We use inches and yards in the UK - at least we did back then. Now we tend to use a mixture of imperial and metric measurements - fabric is sold by the metre, but we measure our waists in inches.
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« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2014 08:48:03 AM »

Also, whatever happened to that non-iron cotton? I want some!
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« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2014 09:23:26 AM »

They stopped making it due to the chemicals needed and the cost.  When people stopped making most of their own clothing, it was not profitable.  A poly cotton blend is probably the closest we have...

Thanks for the info on the measuring...
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« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2014 06:24:10 PM »

This would be fun with a slightly thicker fabric, boat neck, zip at the back and belt loops. Might give it a go (adding a little extra fabric to actually fit my waist!). The buttons would then only be decorative.
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« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2017 07:06:21 PM »

This is cool. I do have several of these old patterns that were my Mother's.  I have done the grid & making my own patterns & I kind of enjoy doing it. My Mother taught me. My Mother could make dresses for my Sister out of the old flour sacks or she would make my Sister a dress from an old dress of hers. She was very good at scrimping to save money. I wasn't born yet. By that time we all lived here & my Dad had a good job out in the Hanford Area. I had a totally different childhood compared to my Brother & Sister, 13 yrs. & 11 yrs apart from me. They lived on farms in Denver Colorado. Dad did carpentry work & the animals & my Mother cook, collect eggs, churned butter & sewed for the hands. I was spoiled. But I love all the old patterns & vintage things. I even like making button holes by hand. Could you imagine making a dress from the Victorian days or even a church dress for the ladies coming on the wagon trains by hand sewing?👐 I might of gone crazy.🙃 But our ancestors did do it. I can't get used to the metric system.😔   My husband keeps saying it's a lot easier to do. But not to me. Oh my! 😊🌹💖🖒

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