Another part of the world of vintage patterns, which is now available thanks to the Internet, are old copies of the Vogue Pattern Book magazine. Published 6 times a year by The Conde Nast Publications, Inc., this magazine featured current and up and coming Vogue patterns, articles on construction and notions, a “question and answer” section, news on just about anything having to do with personal sewing, and wonderful ads for fabric and sewing machines. (By the way, it’s still published 6 times a year!) I’ve been able to purchase a few issues from varying months and years, and sometimes I find a pattern featured which I have already bought on eBay or Etsy. The December 1957/January1958 issue, which I recently obtained, devotes 8 pages to “The Ladies Love Clothes for Christmas.”
It features patterns for young girls and for teenagers; there is a section on lingerie and sleepwear; and finally some suggestions for the lady who presumably will be doing all this sewing! Here is a sampling:
Here is another suggestion, next to a picture of its pattern envelope.
Yes, I purchased this pattern last Spring and have already made it up in the “lower calf” length. Unfortunately, I did not take a photo of it before it went to its new owner, but here is a shot of a small bit of the silk charmeuse left over from this project.
The reason I am showing you this, is that last week, Pantone, the color guru of the fashion world, declared a color very close to this as its Color of the Year for 2012. Specifically, that color is called Tangerine Tango and its number is 17-1463-TCX.
Personally, I have come to appreciate various shades of orange a lot more than I once did. I particularly like to see orange (or coral or tangerine or whatever name you want to give it) paired with hyacinth blue or leaf green or charcoal gray. Although I am not one to feel like I need to be dressed in the current “fad” color, if I get the opportunity to use it in my sewing this coming year, I definitely will.
Well, I am digressing from my Christmas theme here, so back to the robe in bright green polka dots.
If I could ever find such a fabric in a lovely silk suitable for a bathrobe, I would buy it in a minute and make myself this robe in the long version! For Christmas morning I’d pair it with a long and flowing red silk sash…
Here’s to a fashionable, fun Merry Christmas for each and all – and warm wishes for a colorful New Year!