Saturday, January 15, 2011

15 January 1957 “New Vintage Patterns”

I have been exceptionally busy these past two days. Yesterday, however, I found some wonderful new Repro Vintage Butterick patterns. This first I am so excited about. I have been trying to find a top and pencil skirt pattern like this for some time.butterick5557new HERE they are in the Corner Store if you are interested. And HERE as well.
When looking up the number of the pattern to get the image to share with you, the original Butterick 5557 showed up.
Butterick5557oldIsn’t this one darling. I would love to own this pattern because look how easy the sleeveless number looks to make. Here it is done in the Butterick Pattern Book for Spring 1951.oldbutterick51 butterick5556new I also purchased this one. I have been trying to find a dress like this with the Dolman sleeve cut into the bodice (as opposed to the sleeve being cut separate and set in and sewn to the bodice). I am not sure which of these two I will use for this month’s dress.
I also got this darling coat pattern.butterick4928 I have never attempted a coat, but this said it was  a very easy. When I checked it out, these are also a dolman sleeve and this swing coat is simply Two pieces cut with darts on the front shoulders and pockets applied to the outside! I am not sure if I will make a coat now for winter, but a Spring coat in some heavy duck would be lovely, don’t you think?
Happy Sewing and Happy Homemaking.


  1. LOVE the pencil skirt one!! love!
    question your garters show through the pencil skirts? is that ok? if not, how do you hide them?

  2. I remember spring coats like those called "toppers" -- they were made of pink fuzzy material.

  3. Only if my skirt is very tight (which happened when I borrowed a friends) but I always wear a slip and that seems to let the fabric sort of 'slide' over it, if that makes sense. So, not usually. Do you wear a slip with your pencil skirts?
    Mary-I have a couple swing coats now, vintage, one is a navy waffle wool and the other is grey. They also made beautiful fur swing coats as well. I have not seen any in pink fuzzy material, but it sounds nice. Do you mean angora wool?

  4. Love the patterns - why don't things have that kind of style anymore? I could never wear a pencil skirt! On me it would be more of a pencil CUP skirt.
    Love discovering your blog. I'm new to the vintage blog scene(posting on vintage scarves today) and am blown away at how many are out there and how fun they are. Off to follow... follow...follow....

  5. In Butterick 5557, I just love the dress with the sleeves. The keyhole in the front is adorable, too!
    DearHelenHartman, do you wear a-lines or circle skirts, then? I think pencil skirts are darling, but I don't think I like the way I look in them, either. A-lines are always fun because they can accentuate a waist by the petticoat exaggerating the hips. Maybe that's why I love Victorian gowns; all of that corsetry!

  6. Lovely dresses. I wish they made repros like that in Denmark. I'm not sure if I can manage an English pattern, since it is so long ago I've sewn. One day ...

    I thought Spring coat immediately when I saw the swing coat pattern. Do choose a pastel colour, it will be fabulous. I'm thinking pale lilac.

    I've just posted my home made latte recipe:
    And I write about being frugal in general, just your mantra. :)

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  8. Renee - I gave up dresses and do pants, sticking to basic vintage-y looks and then do Vintage with accessories - hats, jewelry and scarves and purses (you can see some at - the hardest part of beginning to blog about the love of vintage is know what to share first). Sewing pattern wise, I LOVE the art of them and loving seeing them here but sew for decor (pillows, curtains, etc).

  9. I have been looking at the 5556 for a while now. My only problem is I am new to sewing so I feel I should wait. I have no one teaching me so it's a learn as I sew process. I have a sundress pattern I am starting that looks easy enough. Hopefully I can build up to a dress like the Butterick 5556 very soon!

  10. '50's gal~i do have slips, but i just wondered if that was common. some of my skirts are very straight and of thinner material, and the "garter bumps" kind of wreck the line. i also have a couple where the slit so you can walk seems too high to comfortably wear stockings. like if i bent/stooped down, the whole thing would show. maybe i am just being a chicken...but i usually end up taking them off and going back to pantyhose.
    does anyone else have this fear???? what would our grandmothers do?

  11. Ms. Kelly, about the skirts and garter belts: by all means wear a good slip. There was a taffeta type that really worked great--slippery under wool skirts, and prevented not only a garter showing through, but a stretched out baggy rear end and wrinkled lap area after being seated. All nice girls wore slips, even if the skirt was lined, anything else was unthinkable!
    Personally, I think alot of skirts and dresses could use a slip today, for some of the reasons above, along with a better fit and fewer wrinkles.


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