Subversive Femme

All quiet on the home front.

And it’s not of my choosing!

1st of July is always a busy time at my work, and it’s greatly conspired to keep me away from my blog and offline in general.
One job that i’ve finally finished is creating a reference of every vintage sewing pattern I own – nearly 200 patterns from the late 1920s to the early 60s, plus some reproductions. 
And if you’d like to have a lookie, the entire set so far is here on Flickr.
I’m so glad i’ve finally hunkered down and done this – it’s a great way to give you a visual overview of what you have – and where you have gaps! (I need more fancy 1940’s dresses and coats, it seems).
Here’s some of my personal favourites that are in the To Sew queue for this year:
1940s dress sewing pattern pin-up pinup bomb girl
Simplicity 3414, circa 1939
McCall 4479, circa 1941
Hollywood 1009, Frances Gifford
I LOVE this day dress. Puffed tulip sleeves, unusual pockets, ric-rac trim, fitted waist. 
Can it get any better?
EvaDress 5087
Simplicity 1960
Simplicity 1535, c 1945

And finally – the ever popular 1940’s Lumber Jacket.
I’m already half-way finished making this one, so i’ll post some after photos really soon!

What about you – do you have an online collection of your patterns? Or another way of keeping track?

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    June 25, 2013 at 6:58 am

    Oh my goodness! What an incredible collection of patterns you have. I adore the first one and it's not too tiny!

    What are the Eva Dress patterns like from a quality point of view? I've been tempted to get one, but because of shipping and customs charges, they work out quite expensive. If they are good reproductions, it would probably be worth a try 🙂

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    June 25, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Right now I just have mine is a small database I threw together. I was curious about mobile apps (so i don't accidentally end up with multiples of the same pattern etc) but the only ones I found were… troublesome at best. So I'm kindof teaching myself to code so I can come up with something better.

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    Jessica Cangiano
    June 25, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Magnificent selection of patterns. I love the mid-century ladies-who-lunch sort of vibe that Simplicity 1960 gives off, and am nothing short of smitten with EvaSress 5087 (nope, it doesn't get any better! :)).

    ♥ Jessica

    *PS* Thank you very much for your lovely comment on my vintage wish list post, dear gal. I actually tried Heyday's trousers around the start of 2012 and unfortunately did not have good luck with them at all (I have, however, with the dress and shirt that I've also bought from them over the years). I'd be willing to try again – perhaps with a stiffer fabric, but I'm really thinking that having a pair custom made will be the way to go one day. Over all though, I super love Heyday's offerings and have gushed about them many a time on my blog over the years (if it wasn't for the pesky UK to Canadian exchange rate and the hefty import fees, I'd order so much more often from them).

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    June 26, 2013 at 1:17 am

    Wonderful, lovely patterns in the queue! Can't wait to see them made up and on a human.

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    Claire Gittins
    June 27, 2013 at 9:29 am

    I love the first dress pattern you show here and the jackets too. Can't wait to see the jacket finshed.

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