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Sunday, 15 January 2012

Can anyone help ?

I am looking for instructions to a pattern "Butterick 5857 - Mary Quant Design."
Body suit & full length coat.

Wondering if I could obtain a copy of the instructions only.

 Mary Quant was the designer of the original 1965 Mini Skirt.
She still has an online shop and does a cosmetic & clothing range still influenced by the MOD era.

please contact me if you can help.
Thanking you kindly Viennasgrace of Etsy for supplying me with the
missing instructions for the above mentioned pattern !
How very kind of you x

Sunday, 1 January 2012

The Party Dress ! Its Party Time !

Its the New Year 2012.
 You don't need new patterns to make that Party dress.
True style never goes out of fashion.
I have some inspiration for you on this very first day of the new year.

Simplicity 1679.
A very pretty & feminine bateau neck dress.
Slim fitting with  with detachable cummerbund.

Style 2191.
This is a more modern pattern. A princess cut dress, open neck line with
full skirt. I could see this for formal / cocktail parties.

Advance 3312.
When I look at this pattern I see Elizabeth Taylor !
Very sexy 1960's pattern.
Slim fit, V neck (for those fabulous Elizabeth diamonds) with
darted bust.

Advance 7924.
Bateau neck, full skirted cocktail dress with V back.
3/4 or shorrt sleeve. Note the Tulip finish on the short sleeve hem.
So very Grace Kelly.
Retro Vintage Vogue 1950's Model Misses Wedding Dress 1956.
I see this as glamour or ball gown evening fashion.
Reproduction series by Vogue.

Simplicity 7117.
Empire waist dress. I like the idea with the sequin top with chiffon lower waist.
I once saw this design on "Bewitched".
Typically 1960's.
Optional bows at rear or underbust.

McCalls 7043.
Audrey Hepburn - Tiffany's !
Sleek look, Empire waist cockatial dress. Long or short versions.
Best with the opera gloves and strap shoulder version.

Butterick 2488.
Another Audrey Hepburn !
Bateau neck, sleeveless, princess cut dress.
Optional back train piece.
I hope that I have given you some inspiration for your next party.
Wishing you all a wonderful 2012 !