Friday, November 6, 2009

Vogue 8053 - Hooded Coat or Smock

Late 1930s.

There is something very appealing about the illustration.  Our model is having a nice walk in the country on a sunny, blustery day.  Her rather more refined older sister is back at the house, arranging flowers for the dining table.

The pattern retailed for forty cents, good value for a garment that can be made up as a smock, jacket, and beach cover-up.  Although Vogue is marketing this pattern as "Easy to Make," they still offer you the option of putting in a lining.  And if you're not entirely confident of your sewing skills, you can get their sewing book right at the pattern counter.

I picked up my copy for $5.00

Blue chalk smudges are still visible on most of the pattern pieces, though not on the piece for the sleeve band.

If you've not seen vintage sewing patterns before you may be surprised to find that they're unprinted.  Vogue is somewhat unusual in perforating the name of the pattern piece - usually only the pattern piece letter or number is given.  All perforations have specific meanings, though the meanings aren't necessarily the same from one pattern company to another.  Unprinted patterns were produced as late as the early 1950s, even though McCall and Pictorial Review had both offered some printed patterns in the 1920s.


Diane Shiffer said...

I was quite taken with that pattern illustration as well... something about those sturdy little brown oxfords is very appealing:)

Shay said...

Love the raglan shoulder treatment.

Lauren said...

oooh! I saw that on ebay a while back! Such a lovely ensemble. I just love hooded outfits from the late 30s and 40s :) said...

I love the round sunglasses, too, and the way her green socks match her skirt. That's the sort of thing I'd do.

Quail said...

I'd like one of these in a French dove grey. Currently obsessed with interesting grey tones of clay, pigeon and rain clouds.

Unknown said...

That's a unique application, it's rare to see early coats with a hood! Love it!