THE SEWING DIVAS sewing, design, fashion

May 17, 2008

Vintage Bonanza – Part 2

Filed under: Patterns,Vintage Sewing — phyllisc @ 6:53 am

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!




  1. *cough* Ummm, when will the ones you are not keeping be going up on eBay?

    Comment by Cidell — May 17, 2008 @ 9:59 am

  2. I am completely, 100 percent, drooling over those first two patterns. I love those styles! How wrong will it be if I try to mimic those designs??? They are too great not to!

    Comment by Stephanie — May 17, 2008 @ 11:37 pm

  3. I’m so jealous! Phyllis brought one of the patterns to the S&B yesterday, and it is TDF. I would love to see the back of that Halston!

    Comment by Gorgeous Things — May 18, 2008 @ 9:13 am

  4. LOL, and “ultrasuede, naturally”.
    What a treasure Phyllis. Thank you for sharing.
    I agree, the skirt lines on that MM dress are just a little odd, considering most of us don’t want to articulate exactly that part of the anatomy.

    Comment by Marji — May 18, 2008 @ 11:27 am

  5. Phillys .- thanks for showing these new patterns. the Halston is truly an extraordinary piece, not only by the model, is a treasure of a great designer. congratulations. best wishes. Paco

    Comment by paco peralta — May 19, 2008 @ 7:06 am

  6. Great to see the patterns. I have this pattern
    and think it would be great in some modern stretching knit (improved double knit, maybe removing the back zipper).
    I hear the owner of a retro clothing store near here teaching a popular “Vintage Sewing” class in high school. Cool, huh.

    Comment by Kate — May 19, 2008 @ 7:10 pm

  7. I would love, love, love, to have those first two patterns. Something to file away for future reference. Thanks for showing them.

    Comment by Geogrrl — May 20, 2008 @ 12:45 pm

  8. I just bought several Marian Martan patterns from Ebay. I love the simple styling of them and am a little “green” right now that you have come by them naturally! 🙂

    Comment by Carolyn — May 24, 2008 @ 6:09 pm

RSS feed for comments on this post.

Create a free website or blog at

%d bloggers like this: