Very little opportunity to do much today, I think our Little Prince was bored at home but the sporadic rain through the morning made any prospective adventure unappealing. So he was stuck with me for entertainment. By the time my husband got home, I was pretty happy to see him! And Little Prince lit up with his usual radiant smile the minute hubbie appeared at the door.
At that point I did sit down and count a pattern that had been begging to be properly catalogued before being slipped into a clear plastic bag and stored. And am I glad that I did.
Today’s pattern is Vogue 8153 of 1953. Inside the envelope I pulled out (with delight) a neatly folded page from a magazine with a picture of the finished dress. The caption reads: “Lovely flecked tweed with crisp white linen collar is a “love” of a dress that goes everywhere. It has an easy skirt with side pockets, pearl buttons, wool braid tie.” The model wears a Sally Victor hat.
On the other side of the page were some fashion photographs of models sporting wool dresses and suits, priced between $31.94 and $77.75. When one considers that the pattern cost 75 cents, patterns appeared to offer women the ability to access current fashions at a fraction of the cost of their ready-made counterparts. A velvet bag cost $1.99, a pair of earrings was $1.00- $2.00, a velveteen hat was $6.95 and a pair of cotton gloves cost $3.95.
I love the image of the model who appears in the made up Vogue pattern. Could she have known she would be smiling at 2012? Fabulous.