Friday, August 13, 2010

McCall 2243 - Misses' Casual Tunic or Cobbler Apron


By the 1950s cobbler aprons were very popular.  With its bust darts, curved sides, and pocket detailing, Cardin's interpretation for McCall's is a little tonier than the completely unstructured tabard-style aprons offered by most pattern companies at this time.

Pierre Cardin was trained as a tailor and worked at Paquin, Schiaparelli, and Dior before setting out on his own and showing his first couture collection in 1953.  He would release his first ready-to-wear collection in 1959, but in 1958 he enters American popular culture with a series of patterns for McCall.  The elegant little suits and cocktail dresses one understands, but the thinking behind the apron and "casual tunic" is a bit mysterious; can you imagine a Calvin Klein apron pattern, for example - or better yet - Karl Lagerfeld?

But compare the tunic to Cardin's "Cosmos" dress from 1967.  The evolution is very clear.

Victoria and Albert Museum
The perky little bows provide a rather strange counterpoint to Cardin's generally very clean design aesthetic.


Little Black Car said...

I've become a big fan of these apron-y, smock-y, blouse-y, items of clothing. This one isn't so much my style because it would absolutely not be flattering on me (my figure asset is in my waist, but I definitely need "free" hips), but I recently acquired Advance 6464 (circa 1952) and Anne Adams 4743 (1957 postmark), which is a wrap dress that also bills itself as a possible tunic-top. I'm rather sad that they didn't come back into vogue when capri pants and ballet flats did.

Carmencita B said...

You can still buy similar apron's here in France, mostly worn by older women to do their chores. So I don't find it surprising that some of them would be designed by Cardin when he was young.

Anonymous said...

35 cents! Wow. Every time I look at pattern prices now, I feel like I can buy something on the rack for the price of the pattern. ^_^

Persuaded said...

I have seen this pattern before and I confess to having quite a longing to own a copy for myself. I really love the longer version sooo much♥ said...

These tabard-style aprons and coveralls still show up on eBay pretty regularly and are reasonably priced.

Another alternative is the tried-and-true approach of taking a shirt pattern that fits you well and modifying it.