I won’t pretend I am not excited to finally have found a copy of Vogue Pattern Book, April May 1949. This was a very special issue… it featured the very first Vogue Paris Original Models from Paris by the likes of Griffe, Schiaparelli, Paquin… (See the fabulooous dress by Piguet below). Additionally, the photographs from the adverts and regular Vogue fashions are DIVINE (see images above and below… I particularly love the colour palette used in the Robert Holand advertisement above…) These old pattern books can be difficult to find and my own collection is not complete but slowly growing. I absolutely love the images and designs.
In that busy thing called “Life” Little Prince has been crawling EVERYWHERE and has been doing some more teething… anyone with a bub knows that teething can mean mayhem… for us it meant a week of 3am and 4am starts when LP didn’t just want to be awake, he wanted to play. Last weekend we were totally exhausted by 10am each day! This has impacted on my energy to do much else, though I have somehow managed to (1) make a dress for my sweet five year old niece’s birthday using a newly acquired bias binding maker (love it) and (2) trace and thread trace a couple of muslins including a dress for Susan Khalje’s Little Black Dress course in August… Vogue Paris Original Model 1292 by Jacques Heim 1955, which I think will look fabulous in black taffeta.
In the spirit of improving my skills I have also been trying to track down the series of Claire Shaeffer patterns that have been produced over the last 10 years… still no luck with the bias cut dress… but have managed to find a few.
What have you been sewing?!?!?!