Apr 23, 2012
Hello, readers, and welcome to my second half century. I have so many fun things planned for us while I'm still lucid (and continent). First, to announce the winner of the June/July issue of Vogue Patterns!
She's a thrifty crafter from Anchorage, Alaska -- please put your hands together for KELLY!
Kelly, please send me your mailing address (peterlappinnyc at gmail dot com) and I'll get the magazine out to you ASAP. Congratulations!
And now, friends, you'll never guess what. As those of you who've been there know, pregnancy takes nine months. You can't rush it, and in the meantime, you still have to leave the house.
I have become something of a maternity pattern maven, having looked at -- literally -- hundreds of vintage maternity patterns in the last month or so. And what I have learned is that most maternity fashion was little more than super-sized Shirley Temple dresses.
But a few styles were more ambitious -- less cutesy and more formal, something you could whip up in shantung and wear to the theater with a mink stole; you know the look. You really have to dig for these because there weren't many of them.
Readers, over the weekend, I found one of the very best of these on eBay and I had to buy it. Please meet McCalls 4638 from 1958, a pattern so rare it isn't even listed on the vintage pattern Wiki page! (Am I allowed to add it -- how does that work?)
Of course, it's the far left version I'm obsessed with, View B, the black sort-of-sack dress that is the quintessence of Hefty-bag hauteur. Of course, the first thing it made me think of was this -- quick: name that I Love Lucy episode!
I guess McCall's 4638 was trying to echo this late Fifties chemise-dress silhouette.
I think the reason this look didn't really last is because it was extremely unflattering. But you could hide an imminent bundle of joy (or a few shoplifted rib-eye steaks) in one.
In closing, friends, I know many of you were hoping this maternity thing was just a phase but I think I may have finally found an area of specialization thankfully unclaimed by any other vintage sewing bloggers!
BTW, does anyone know where that chemise dress/sack dress thing came from? Was it Dior, was it Balenciaga? How long did it last?
Have a great day, everybody!