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Sep 4, 2011

Vintage Forties Pattern Giveaway!


How long has it been since we've had a pattern giveaway, readers?  I say, too long!

As you know, I am always one to share the wealth (well, almost always), so I picked one lovely pattern from my recent vintage pattern treasure trove to share with you.

One of the most enduring and charming collar styles is the sailor collar, which can be done up in full-out "Anchors Aweigh" with trim and necktie, like Lana Turner below, or interpreted less literally, like Bette Davis in the pic up top.


Either way, it's a timeless look.

And why am I mentioning sailor collars?

The giveaway is for Superior 9613, which I'd date around 1943-44 -- definitely wartime -- and it's a beaut: intact and still with its original factory folds!



It makes either a two-piece or one-piece dress: simple, but with beautiful details.  (If you don't want to make the sailor collar, you can also make the traditional collar version, with or without welt pockets.)

This pattern is a vintage Size 12: Bust 30, Waist 26, Hip 33.

For those of you unfamiliar with Superior Patterns, Superior was the Sears Roebuck and Co. house brand, and were usually ordered through the mail.





MPB followers the world over are eligible to enter the giveaway, and all you have to do to participate is leave a comment below, saying what you like about the pattern -- nothing fancy.  Could it be any easier?

Make sure to enter before midnight EST,  Tuesday, September 6.  I'll announce the winner on Wednesday.  (Winner will be chosen at random.)

More details in the pic below (click to blow up larger).



Happy Sunday, everybody!

55 comments:

  1. I just love this pattern! Regrettably I happen to fit a 30 inch bust pattern and they aren't all that easy to find. I would do a full sailor collar with the white trim. I have also wanted to try something with pleats. They look scary and hard and full of ironing but I need to face my fear right? Riiiiiiight?!

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  2. I'm entering too, BTW. Will have to grade up, but...

    Alice--the first thing you have to know is to hand baste the pleats. Then you iron 'em in, then set them with a 3-1 vinegar/water solution and *then* use spray starch....

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  3. Count me in! Love 40's patterns--and I especially love the longer overblouse on this pattern with the great pleated skirt!! YAY!

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  4. I like the 1940s, how the dresses are somehow fitted but not tight.

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  5. Well, the collar is darling obviously, but most of all it's in my size- rare- and I have to like that most.

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  6. I love the sailor style, but mostly I like the versatility of the pattern. I like that it can be a dress or seperates.

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  7. I LOOOOVE sailor collars! I'm in for the giveaway. (But I will also have to grade up;)

    BTW, I just discovered this blog a couple of months ago, and I love it! Reading blogs generally doesn't interest me at all, but I'm just getting back into by sewing groove after 5 years of making babies and dealing with postpartum depression. Peter, you always manage to talk about the very things I'm interested in, with such charming wit and personality. Keep up the great work!

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  8. I like the style because it is timeless and versatile and most importantly the unique 'sailor 'collar is very faltering to all figure types - especially mine! I'm in for the give-a-way!

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  9. Oh my goodness, please count me in! I love three things about the pattern: the fact that it's from the 40s, it's sailor collar (swoon) and the pleated skirt!!!! It's perfect!

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  10. Count me in for the giveaway as well. My lovely DIL (who introduced me to your blog) would look ravishing in this. I love the versatility of the pattern and the sailor look in general.

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  11. Hello, please count me in for the pattern! I do like the look of the skirt, I think it would move beautifully if you found just the right fabric.
    Thank you :)

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  12. I would learn to love the pattern if I won it. What I most like about it is the delicious lucky feeling I would get if I won an online giveaway.

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  13. Ummm, I love *everything* about that pattern. You could really sailor it up or just let it be an interesting collar feature!

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  14. Three reasons why I like this pattern:
    1) It'a a dress
    2) It's a vintage pattern
    3) It's sending off good vibes because someone generously gave it to you and you are generously passing it forward.
    Thanks Peter!

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  15. Love the pleated skirt and the collar! But I would definitely have to grade it up. Does the hairdo come with it? Love that too!

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  16. My teen daughter has had a lot of fun finding similar vintage patterns and helping me make unique clothes for her...I would love to win this for her! I would use it as a stocking stuffer to go with the refurbished vintage machine she is getting for christmas!

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  17. This pattern is so elegant and classy! I love this style - it needs to come back C":

    Whether with or without the sailor's collar, it's such a nice piece to look at - timeless and yet original, never duplicated.

    Would love to make this dress!

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  18. I love that Bette Davis is wearing the very same collar! I would make it exactly as she is wearing it; a solid collar on a pinstriped body. I would actually make it twice; first with a solid black skirt and collar on a black and ivory striped top, then as a dress in a navy and white stripe with a red collar.

    You are awesome to share!

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  19. I have been searching for a pastern like this. I love the sailor collar and the pleated skirt!

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  20. Oh ... this wound just be perfect :-)
    My last sailor-collar
    http://waldelfenhain.blogspot.com/2011/07/lange-zeit-keine-zeit.html

    Herzliche Grüße,
    rebecca

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  21. I love the collar and pleated skirt!

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  22. What a delightful pattern! It would look so good in my collection :)

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  23. @Bratling, i have looked all over the "googles" to find a good tut on full length pleats without success. I can do the baste and such but what happens when you wash the skirt, do the pleats all fall out? how would you get them back without starting over? BTW, i won't dry clean anything either. with two small, messy kids if i can't wash the gunk out of it myself it just won't get worn. i like to think i can be semi-vintage at home but i end up with peanut butter and string cheese on me somewhere. sigh....

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  24. Count me in, as well. I can't seem to find many vintage patterns around me, but I'd love to try one out.

    Bratling, thanks for the tips on the pleated skirt. I'm hoping to make one soon, and your tips will come in handy!

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  25. My mom made a minimum of 2 dresses a year (Easter and Christmas) for her three daughters. My favorites were the sailor-styles.

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  26. Its just so swell! I love the fact that the cut is classic, elegant and a little bit sexy in that palyful way. I am committed to bringing these beautiful pieces back to life and showing the modern public what real design is all about. I would love to have this one to wow people with.

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  27. ~ * ♥ * ~

    Gorgeous! Please enter me. I would love to win this pattern ~ thank you so much for doing the giveaway! :D

    xox,
    bonita of Depict This!
    ~ * ♥ * ~

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  28. I like the pattern because it's hot, and this post because it has Bette! RL x

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  29. This pattern looks like the dresses my sisters & I wore for a family photo, c. 1954, a classic. I'd love to make this grownup version. In the photo, my parents wore suits and we all smiled that special photo smile--fake cheerful, maximum tooth exposure. Thanks for sharing, Peter!
    Kristina from Ohio

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  30. ohh so lovely, and just in time for an aussie spring. If I made this I'd feel the need to go to the beach, stand on rocks and gaze out for my lost sailor love (who doesn't exist my love works in an office)

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  31. Oh what a pretty pattern! I love how there are two collar variations to it. :-)

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  32. Ha, I would love this pattern for the illustrations alone! The cute hair and hat, the hourglass shape of the girl (I like the shoulders :))
    So anyway, I'd like to enter. I'm going to start out my job search and could use a nice, neat ensemble. I may change the collar to Bette Davis's variation of it though :) I guess those lapels will have to be quite stiff?

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  33. i really like the blouse but LOVE the fall of the skirt! My miss21 (soon to be 22) would look as amazing as Supermodel Cathy Lane in that ensemble...I'd have to modify the bust though, as my miss 21 is more endowed than 30". PLease count me in for the giveaway :)

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  34. I too am one of these petite lass' who is a 30" bust, but regardless of the size, I just love this pattern! The timeless cool of sailor collars works ever so well with my slightly eclectic classic style ;) Please count me in for the giveaway!

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  35. Are those *darts* under the collar, pointing to the bust? How marvelous! I do love me a fine middy! If I won it, I'd be tempted to make it in technical fabrics, for long rides on my red tricycle. How cool would that be?

    (OK, OK, it wouldn't be *cool* -- but it *would* be amusing!)

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  36. Aww, those are my measurements! The collar is adorable. This would be my first try on a vintage pattern, it would be great to win it..

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  37. Hi Peter,
    Thi is a great pattern and it would fit me (if it doesn't I will make it fit me!!!) I'm dancing (ballroom and latin) with my hubby and this would be a great ensemble for a danceparty in that timestretch! Other dancers won't believe their eyes, hahahaha

    Greetings Marja aka borduurmuppet

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  38. Count me in! I love the accenting of the waist and the full skirt. It would totally fit in my work wardrobe.

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  39. Please count me in! I like the sailor collar, but I think it would be fun to try the traditional collar with welt pockets too.

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  40. Blogger is being a beyotch and won't let me use my Google Account to post a comment.

    I love this pattern, though.

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  41. I think I'm out of time so I only could say I love your blog and your style and your cousin ;) And of course, your vintage patterns!

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  42. I love the styles of the 1940's and have always wanted to try a sailor-style collar but have always wondered if I'd then have the guts to wear it out in public... What a neat pattern. :)
    smolderingwickdesigns.blogspot.com

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  43. It's got to be the sailor collar I love. Got a bit of a thing about those at the moment!!!

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  45. I hope I am not to late, here is goes: I'd love to be challenged with this pattern. It's a classic pattern which I am so very fond of. These sailor inspired patterns pop up in every fashion era! And I think I could rock a pleated skirt walk (or at least be stylish trying!)

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  46. I like how the back of the collar is buttoned down - a feature I've not seen before. If I don't win this one, I'll just have to copy - erm, I mean "be inspired by" - this one!

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  47. Count me in, love sailor-inspired wear and 40s patterns!

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  48. how pretty! i love pattern separates. the collar is especially nice!

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  49. Hi Peter,
    I was out of town for the weekend and am just getting caught up with my blog reading. I love this pattern. I have always been a sucker for sailor collars.

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  50. There can never be enough sailor collars in the world.

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  51. How wonderful that you are sharing. I love the sailor collar. I would have to allow more room for my hips, though.

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  52. I'm a sucker for nautical, and have a soft spot for small sized vintage patterns. Thanks for the opportunity to randomly win!

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  53. Our son and future daughter-in-law are swing dancers. This would be just the ticket for her.

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