Let's start with Butterick...
Butterick B6018 (circa early 1950s?)
I'm thinking... yes. This works, and looks to be a good choice for sewers who want the versatility to make a day dress and and fancy cocktail dress. The shaping is interesting and who doesn't like pointed cuffs?
Next cab off the ranks is B6022 - a wedding dress from the late 1940s? I think.
B6019 - Patterns by Gertie Sarong Dress.
Yes, yes, one hundred times yes!
This dress is the Alfred Shaheen style that vintage lovers are searching for. Structured bust cups, side back shirring and option for a circle skirt!
Butterick - two of of three aint bad!
Moving onto Vogue's offerings...
V8974 - A sundress and bolero, I'm guessing late 1940s/early 1950s?
What' really interesting is that the dress has 10 snaps to close, instead of zip.
I'm saying yes to this one. The bolero looks interesting enough to sew up on it's own as well, and I like the cross straps of the back of the dress.
And their other offering, V8973, a 1950's day dress with with bodice pleating and large box-pleated skirt.
Hmm. I'm not sure if it's the fabric choice, but their sewn up version isn't doing it for me. I think this would look better in something a little less drapey?
Ok, well let's have a look at Simplicity...
Pattern 1460 - a vintage peplum and tunic from the 1950s.
There is so many things wrong with this version, but my main concerns are:
1. It's paired with a mini-skirt, why?
2. The lace is too soft and loses the dramatic appeal of the original (version A I assume).
3. Out of all the patterns in your back catalogue, you picked this one? Really?
We need to have words Simplicity.
OK, well what do you think about 1459? I think this is very late 1950s - probably 1958-1959.
The dress has a wide collar, and pleated skirt.
Interesting - if you have a look at the original pattern models, their skirt is different to the current version - the repro is a dirndl but the original just has pleating on the sides.
This pattern isn't something I would personally make, but I can see a lot of retro-enthusiasts sewing it up.
So, what do you think - is there anything you'd make?
(also Butterick/Vogue are on sale for the next few days if you want to stock up).