I was very fortunate to happen upon a copy of Vogue's New Book For Better Sewing at a decent price. Of course, it isn't in the best of shape but I paid probably half of what they go for so I'm quite happy to have this copy. I thought in getting this book it was about tips and tricks to sewing but it is actually a detailed look at some various patterns that were out in 1952.
You can see all the images to the pattern styles on Gertie's website. I'm not sure if Gertie ever did find all the patterns from the book but she certainly made some beautiful things.
As I was scanning through the pages of this wonderful book, I came to this image and thought how much I really loved this dress and thought that this would be the one I'd most like to make out of the book. I thought that I would one day like to find this dress pattern. So, I began to search around and I realized quite quickly that it is not easy to find the patterns from this book! I wonder if anyone out there actually has them all?
Then a few weeks after buying this book, I was searching around for the above pattern and found it. Oh joy! This will be a fun dress to learn from. This pattern will certainly give me practice on covered buttons. I wouldn't mind to have this dress in every common core color. Hey, why not throw in a couple of novelty prints too?
I am quite sure it would take a lot of skill to match up the seams on this dress with the striped pattern they show on this envelope. Gosh just look at how the stripes would need to be matched up! I think I'll stick to a solid color for the first go around.
I find in addition to vintage fashion magazines that Vogue Pattern Books are a wealth of fashion information. It is amazing how well these dresses were designed. So much different than going into a shop today and buying a dress.
As I was browsing through this book from 1951, I saw this image below and immediately fell in love with this dress. How grand is this dress??? I just love to see the actual dresses on models, so this was indeed a rare treat to not just see an illustration. So, I set out to see if I could find the pattern.
Low and behold, I found one lonely copy of this pattern! So, this will certainly be a dress that I will try out in the future. The sleeve caps are so interesting.
Within this pattern book was also the below images, how cute are these bow accents on this dress?
There is this wonderful dress again in shades of green. Although, I do prefer this dress in red.
I can only dare to imagine how much some of these patterns below would command today!!!
In all honesty, it would be difficult for me to wear a saucer hat with a little stick sticking out of the top. Have any of you worn hats like this? But, I can also say this model looks glamourous and gorgeous none the less.
A Schiaparelli Pattern, I dare to guess the amount this would sell for today too!
My next post, I will share scanned images from a 38/39 Vogue Pattern Book. I'm not sure of the exact year as I bought it coverless. But, it contains a wealth of great images to share! I'll also share a couple of patterns I am thinking about starting on next. I don't think I am quite ready to start out on the patterns above but they are high on my list. I still haven't quite yet decided what to do.