My mother came for a visit last week, and she brought two suitcases of patterns that belonged to my grandmother Della Vestcyk. What a treasure trove! Most of them will end up on Ebay, although I did keep a handful. So for the next few days I’ll share with you the ones I kept, and when my mother begins to list them on Ebay I’ll make an announcement here on Sewing Divas. All of them are in bust sizes 34-36-38.
The collection spans the 1930’s to the 70’s and in addition to the Big 4 there are several smaller pattern companies, some I’ve seen before like Marian Martin and Parade, and others I’ve never heard of, such as Modes Royale and The Book of Fashion.
Modes Royale No. 438 – 1947
This style was my mother’s high school graduation gown. Modes Royale appears to have been a semi-custom pattern company, and notice the price on the envelope is $2.00 – a huge sum of money for a pattern when most of them were only $.25 apiece. The envelope is really large, about the size of today’s Vogue Designer patterns. I doubt I’ll ever sew this one, but I had to have it because it was made for my mother, by my grandmother.
Simplicity 2617 – Early 1950’s
I really love both of these; the details are so different. The one on the left is just about my ideal summer dress, I think it would look great in seersucker or madras plaid, and the style on the right would look great in red or pumpkin wool crepe for the fall and winter.
The Book of Fashion No. 2817 – Early 1950’s
This jacket reminds me of Vogue 7908, a modern Claire Shaeffer pattern. The side hip buttons are very cool and the jacket and blouse version would also look great and very modern with wide leg pants.
Vogue 6995 – 1950
This one has a copyright date, which is missing from most of the collection. I love this so much I’m tempted to see if Vogue would be interested in adding it to the Vintage Vogue collection. This is one of those styles that is timeless and universally flattering to just about everyone. In addition to being a lovely summer dress, the bodice could also be made in white and the skirt in black for a faux skirt & blouse look. Add the jacket in the same fabric as the skirt and you have a very Chanel-like look from her 1953 comeback collection.