Last Chance Saloon

At the Pattern Pyramid launch I set out the rules in what can only be described as draconian fashion. Don’t ask, don’t email, I won’t, I shan’t, no, no, no… Wow, who rattled my cage that day?!

So I thought I’d make amends by sharing my personal highlights from the stash of patterns. I’ve had so much fun imagining people in these outfits.

I think this dress is my favourite of the lot. Sadly, I suspect I’d look like mutton dressed as lamb. But please, please will someone make this? Isn’t it just so darling with the chiffon over blouse? Be warned, though – I’ve recently worked with similair deep bodice darts on my vintage Simplicity make and they are unforgiving. You’ll really want to check your fit.

Why do I see Handmade Jane in this Simplicity 5547 blouse? I have no idea if a drawstring neckline would appeal to her, but there’s something about those sassy poses that remind me of Handmade Jane’s photos. Would you, Jane? This pattern is currently listed on Etsy as a 1964 pattern and is going for six dollars! Or free to you if you enter the giveaway.

I just adore the Seventies vibe of this pattern. (It’s a 1976 vibe, to be exact.) The pattern envelope states that a transfer is included for embroidery – you can just glimpse the detail at the bottom of this photo. I’ve checked and, guess what? The original transfer is still in the envelope! Sweet. I see Tilly and the Buttons in this dress, although I strongly suspect Tilly wouldn’t actually make this for fear of drowning her tiny frame in swathes of fabric. But, come on – someone is going to look fabulously cool in this dress. Please, please make it!

Gingham blouse? Yes, please! Jacket and skirt to go with it? Sold! Except you won’t have to pay a penny. There are several listings of this on Etsy if you don’t win the pattern but can’t live without it.

Isn’t this just adorable? I love the collar and ruffles. The bottom of the bodice is gathered, which I suspect means that fitting is relatively easy on this one. I think A Sewing Odyssey would look sweet as a treat in this dress.

So, there we have it! I get to dress my friends – in my imagination at least. You get to put your name in the hat for the giveaway, if you have a blog. It ends at midnight tonight so today is your last chance to enter. Good luck!

Do any of these patterns call to you? Or is there a Sewist you can imagine wearing one of these outfits?

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33 Responses to Last Chance Saloon

  1. punkmik says:

    Oh I love the first and last one! Thanks for sharing and also for looking these up on etsy already! Being new I am not too familiar with the sewists in the blogging land 😛

  2. charlottepb says:

    I just love the 70s number!

  3. Jo B says:

    I think the 3rd pattern would suit modern vintage cupcakes especially since she expecting her first child.

  4. Maryom says:

    My mother used to have a stash of old 1950s full-skirted patterns like this. Growing up in the 70s, I though they were SO out of date but I’m beginning to wonder if she still has them hidden away somewhere… I’d need to lose a LOT of weight though for the tight waisted look to work on me!

  5. Nothy Lane says:

    The waist is unreal in a few of those dresses, beautiful that they are. I like the 70s patterns and the blouses but I doubt the dresses would flatter me.

  6. that gingham blouse must have lots of names on i, gingham being so wondrously popular and all

  7. Roobeedoo says:

    Oh stop teasing us, woman, and do the draw! 😉

  8. Kerry says:

    I love the idea of the 70s number, but in reality, I’m not so sure. Though I always marvel at the length of the legs in 70s pattern illustrations!

  9. Marie says:

    Thank you for dressing me in such a pretty dress which is right up my street…you know me so well! I’ve already entered…fingers crossed I get lucky!

    By the way, I don’t know if this appeals, but I found some beach hut fabric on – I’ve ordered from there before and was pretty pleased. I can’t send you a direct link as they have rubbish website, but it’s under the ’45” 100% COTTON PRINTS FOR CRAFT AND CLOTHING’ tab on the 2nd page and it’s called Beach Hut Blue! Or you could get the one I have from Ditto! Either way, hope you find something to suit your taste/needs soon ;o)

  10. sewbusylizzy says:

    I can be guilty of bossy do I think you sounded perfectly nice 🙂 and everything is perfectly clear and there was been quite a bit of blog talk about this genius idea so fear not, we are not scared off.
    I think Adventures in Dressmaking could pull off that gorgeous white dress and I think The Perfect Nose would rock a 70s look. And newbie PunkMik Would look great in the last one, view B!

  11. sewbusylizzy says:

    Oops it would be remiss not to mention gingham is a weakness of Dolly Clackett at the moment. Although does she wear anything but a dress and to-die-for shoes??

  12. makeitgiveit says:

    I would so make some of them. I also have the 1976 pattern in my collection at the moment – in NZ I guess patterns truly are international!

  13. Hi Karen, That first pattern is just what I’ve been looking for to wear to our wedding re-dedication, with a little changes. I’m not sure how it would go with my chubby middle but I’ve love to make a toile to see. Can you tell me the pattern number please? I didn’t join the give away because I’m slow at sewing – well slow at everything, because of health issues. Am hoping to do marriage thing in Sept…

  14. Carly says:

    Hi Karen! I’m not entering the draw as my blog is sadly neglected these days, hopefully to be rectified soon! But I *do* love that 70s swingy number – do you have details on which pattern number it is so I can keep an eye out? I’ve been trying (and failing) to draft something very similar recently!

  15. annie says:

    If I’m not mistaken, my mother made the first one, or something very similar, for my grade school graduation. Loved seeing it!

  16. I think the embroidery transfer is what sold me on the 70s vibe dress. I would definitely make it!

  17. Kate says:

    Oh, the first and the last would be so perfect for some upcoming events this summer!

  18. Jane says:

    Hhhmm, would I wear a drawstring neckline??!! Oooh I don’t know to be perfectly honest, but that’s what’s great about this project – you may end up with a pattern you’d never have chosen but that may just work for you. If I did win that pattern I’d have to make view 2 – the red three quarter length version that my lookey likey is wearing in the top left! x
    ps. thanks for describing my poses as sassy…! x

  19. Lisa Westra says:

    Oh I love the tent style dress. I may have to go out to etsy and scoop this pattern!

  20. Lauren says:

    That first pattern would look good on meeeeeee though! View 2, I can totally see it 🙂 Haha!

  21. amy says:

    Ooh. There are several here that I’d love to make (and hopefully wear if I can get the fit right!). I’m going off to look at etsy because I never win giveaways but wanted to say thanks for bringing these to my attention!

  22. Sam says:

    I love the way you’ve matched the patterns to your blogging friends! I could see Tilly in that 1976 number too.

    The first pattern (your favourite) is gorgeous, but for me I would omit the puff sleeves. Puff sleeves on a shortish, curvy-ish, 40-ish woman? Uh, no thanks! However I think the rest of that dress would look beautiful in black.

  23. symondezyn says:

    Thanks for the sneak peek! I’m entered for sure, and so excited to see who gets to start out the fun! I had a giggle when you said that pattern was from 1976; that’s the year i was born and it made me smile cause i know my mum wore some of that cute stuff ^___^ I’d be more inclined to make those giant bell bottom pants and the cute little top than the dresses; only cause i’d look like a house in them! LOL.

  24. MrsC says:

    Gosh, I made that 70’s smock dress up at the time and wore it proudly! Brown satin with apricot flowers, from memory. I loved those dresses – tenty yes, but cut cleverly so they hang in a swish that actually follows the figure. Not that I noticed such things at age 11, I just liked it, it was trendy and I could make it! Heaven knows what the inside looked like though!

  25. Anna says:

    Without a blog and unable to enter the competition I HAD to buy Simplicity 5547 blouse from Esty. Thanks for making me aware of it. Looking forward to see what people do with the patterns they receive. Anna (Australia)

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