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!
3 responses to “Clothes for Christmas”
Thanks for sharing the vintage Vogue pattern book pics! I’m sure the recipient of your gift was thrilled – I’m sure the robe is beautiful in that fabric!
I have really come to like orange over the years as well. (I even have an orange couch in front of a cobalt blue wall!) I am planning to redo my blog header picture when I have time to make myself a dress with my orange with white polka dot fabric.
Orange with white polka dots sounds like the best of two worlds! I’ll look forward to seeing your new header whenever you get it done.
Thanks so much for your comment!
It’s too bad those hour-glass figures don’t come with the clothes! I’m all for bringing back the girdle. 😉