Monthly Archives: June 2012

Prominent Designer Series: part 8

Omigourd, do you follow the Tiddleywink Vintage fan page? Did you read about my altercation last night with a persistent Attack Centipede? Hor. Ri. Fying.

And with that interruption finished, back to our show! Today highlights sewing pattern designs by Esterel, Estévez, and Ed Gerrick. It’s not often that we run into a dress designer named Ed! Ed, it turns out, was a specialist in designing dresses for fuller figures. “Ed Gerrick has a definite touch of genius, exhibited everytime [sic] he designs clothes for the mature woman with mature measurements.” – The Deseret News, Apr 9, 1959. Notice that his pattern design starts at a size 12-1/2 (that would have been a 27″ waist) and goes up to a 22-1/2 (37.5″ waist). Those are definitely Plus sizes!*

Do I really need to tell you that clicking the images will open them biggererer?

Esterel A537 – Sun and fun dress

Est̩vez M130 РDaytime or evening dress

Ed Gerrick A528 – Eye-catching capelet costume

*Yes yes yes, you can find larger sizes from the period. They are, however, rare and were specialized cases. The largest size I can find in a Sears catalog of the time is a 20, but most of the dresses only go up to a 16 or 18. A more generic “large” of the time fit a 30-32″ waist, and Sears didn’t readily offer anything bigger. If you couldn’t get your size at Sears, the mail-order-for-everyone source, you were really looking for specialty departments!

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Prominent Designer Series: part 7

Aaaand we’re back! Today’s installment of sewing pattern illustrations comes to us from actress and singer Polly Bergen, the ever-elegant Mr. Blackwell, and our two-fer pal from last week, Oleg Cassini. Bonus feature today: the original newspaper ads for these patterns! Clicking on any of the images will bigger them.

Polly Bergen A887 – Reversible jacket ensemble

newspaper ad, 1961

Mr. Blackwell A548 – Sheath and circular cape-coat

newspaper ad, 1960

Oleg Cassini A552 – Shapely sheath

newspaper ad, 1961

 

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Prominent Designer Series: part 6

…or, Volume 2, part 1.

Today’s installment of the Prominent Designer Series brings us three different sewing patterns by Ardanti, all ensembles. As always, click on any image to see it largerated. Enjoy!

Ardanti M274 – Three-piece ensemble

Ardanti A854 – Dress, jacket ensemble

Ardanti M122 – Jacket costume

Tune in tomorrow (and all this week) for more in the series!

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Prominent Designer Series: Part 5

You’ve done it! You’ve reached the end of Phase I of the Prominent Designer Series of sewing pattern illustrations. Today, we have a sheath dress by Radiant, a dress-and-coat ensemble by Maxwell Shieff, and a pair of skirts by Suburbia.

Radiant M438 – Slimming sheath for the short, fuller figure

Maxwell Shieff A864 – Smart ensemble costume

Suburbia M107 – Two skirts

Tune in next week, when we begin Phase II of the Prominent Designer Series: the other side of the broadsheet!

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Prominent Designer Series: Part 4

And with this post, our series is back on track! Let’s see what Kleibacker, Don Loper, and Mr. Mort have for us today:

Kleibacker A817 – Bias-cut beauty

Don Loper A678 – Costume (dress and matching shawl-collar coat)

Mr. Mort M131 – Culotte sundress

 

Tune in tomorrow for this week’s final installment, and again on Monday when we pick up with next week’s illustrations!

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Prominent Designer Series: Part 3

I’m late! I’m late! Life got in the way of yesterday’s post, so expect two today. Now, picking up where we left off in our Prominent Designer Series, I give you a suit by Paula Dean (no, not Paula Deen), a knockout number by Estévez, and a snazzy little coatdress by A. Harmay.

Paula Dean M101 - Attractive two-piece suit look

Estévez M221 - Bodice-beautiful, slim or full skirt

A Harmay M334 - Attractive, new side coat-dress

If any of you run into a copy of that Estévez pattern, please do let me know!

Stay tuned for Part 4 tomorrow shortly.

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Prominent Designer Series: Interrupted

Whoops! I forgot to queue up the next installment of the Prominent Designer Series of sewing patterns before I left the house this morning, and I neglected to store the images in Dropbox so I could reach them remotely. I promise, you will see Part 3 later today. Thank you for your patience!

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