These patterns bring us up to the 1970′s; my grandmother was born in 1903 and still sewed into the 1980′s but I think she didn’t bother with patterns after the 70′s. She was in her 80′s herself at that point and just stuck with a few tried and true styles. So here we have…
Parade – Mid 60′s
Patterns were sold via local newspapers well into the 70′s and this is an example. This reminds me of Simplicity’s recent 60′s reissue, but I think this Parade style is more flattering and most women could wear this. I love the neckline.
Marian Martin 9169 – Mid 60′s
A simple but attractive wrap dress. I like the two button closure and the one off-side pocket. I think Marian Martin patterns were also sold through newspapers.
Marian Martin 9166 – Late 60′s or early 70′s ?
I’m having a hard time dating this style; it may well be the same year as the above Marian Martin given the pattern numbers are so close. I’m kind of on the fence right now about this and I’m not sure I’ll keep it. I like the collar and big buttons down the front, but the seaming on the skirt – not so sure. Might be okay in a dark fabric though. One cool thing: this is a “half size”, the old way that patterns were sized for petites. By the late 80′s this sizing standard had been dropped entirely by pattern companies.
McCall’s 3818 – 1973
Its a Halston – what more can I say? This has all of the refined details of his sportswear; body skimming but still fitted at the shoulder, waist and hips, a very narrow waistband and a flat front on the pants. I should really scan the instructions and show you the technical drawing because the back of the shirt jacket has a lot of interest. It has a back yoke and jean jacket with princess seams from the armsyce to the hem. Lots of topstitching on the jacket and the pants. Recommended fabrics: wool, synthetic double knit (so 70′s), linen, garbardine, cotton broadcloth and (naturally) – Ultrasuede!