I got into work this morning and discovered a fat inter-office mail envelope on my desk. Inside were a collection of Butterick reprint patterns and a note from a coworker/fellow seamstress saying she didn't have time to use them.
Butterick 6582 (2001/1960): Party dress with crossover bodice, wide neckline, and either sheath or full skirt.
Butterick B4513 (2005/1957): Sundress with wide neckline and thin straps.
Butterick B4790/6250 (2006/1951): The famous/infamous Walkaway Dress. Apparently the reprint has been altered substantially from the original so that it will give a more modern fit. Hmm. Not really what I want, but maybe I can find out how to un-do the modernization.
Butterick B5209 (2008/1947): Summer dress with either halter top or extended shoulder line. This is a textbook 1947 design: The short skirt is a holdover from wartime styles, but the broad shoulders and cut-in-one cap sleeves will become hallmarks of 1948 looks.
Butterick B5281 (2008/1946): Day dress with square neck and draped right shoulder.
Vogue 7292 (2001): Mine says 7292 on the packet but the only other one I found listed for sale said 712, so I don't know. Anyway, it's embroidery transfers for Arts and Crafts cushion designs. This one is a total keeper: I love Arts and Crafts.
And, finally . . .
Do you ever see a bolt of fabric and think, "Wow, that's hideous . . . it would be perfect for . . . " some idea you've been kicking around in your head?
I saw this at Wal-Mart--yeah, I caved in--and though it was the perfect level of tackiness and clashing colors. 1950's whimsical tacky but not 1970's over-the-top tacky.
This one is going to be the skirt for Advance 5867 (1951), with narrow cream eyelet trim in between the tiers and around the bottom.