I have received my 1951/1952 sewing magazines, and I am completely overwhelmed by the possibilities… I am feeling like that donkey standing between two heaps of hay: he starved because he could not decide where to start eating. Poor donkey!
So I am in danger of not making any use of these patterns because I can’t decide where to start! 😮
I therefore decided to start small: with details and accessories. They are everywhere – bras, knickers, slips, aprons, cuffs, collars, embroidery, tucks, waffles, ruffles, pleats, volants, corsages, hats, gloves, umbrellas, cars, kids and men… 😉 There is an article about them (cuffs and collars, not men), and there are some lovely patterns. And that’s where I begin.
It is actually a brilliant idea to have a separate delicate collar that could be removed, washed and reattached without washing the whole dress. We used to have such cuffs and collars back in school – I still remember sewing on a fresh set every weekend (I was not fussy enough to do it more often).
So, here are some of the collars from 1951.
The sleeves are wide or gathered, on the shoulder, lowered or capped, but mostly there are a lot of batwings and raglan.
The dresses are detailed, yet elegant and flattering. These collars and pleats have a slimming effect:
These are suggested “not just for the slim” and offered in large sizes:
That’s more pleats and fantastic collars!
And look what they suggest “for the expanding waistline”:
Does the “expanding waistline” mean pregnant? Those soft gathers and belts would certainly work and hide the belly too! Also useful for those of us who are not pregnant but still would like to hide a belly. 🙂
See that dress in the top right corner above? It has floating sides coming off the shoulder panels, like a waterfall cardi built-in. Very cool!
And here they suggest to use knitted panels to renew old dresses (but the patterns have the pieces for the whole dress, not just the panels):
And of course there are also lovely fitted knitting patterns!
And finally some advice on how to get your garments to fit: