Yet Another Tiny Beauty …


printed pattern 4975

And by "tiny," I mean a bust of 31 1/2. (Yeah, like that half-inch is going to make ALL THE DIFFERENCE.) Claire sent me this one — I'm sure she didn't mean to be cruel, but, oh, how I want this pattern! If this blog were a movie, right now there would be a montage of me sitting pensively in many picturesque places, thinking of this pattern.

I know, I know, with ten minutes' dedicated study I could size this one up to my measurements, right? But — that makes sewing feel so much like WORK. Or perhaps I'm just not dedicated enough. All I know is, a few inches either way, no problem; more than five and I'm just not enthused enough to try. Ask all the 32-inch patterns sitting forlornly in boxes in my sewing room right now!

I feel like offering a bounty on this. Find a copy for me to buy in anything between bust 35 and 39 and I will send you a signed copy of my new book … how's that for an enticing offer?

If you want the B31.5 version, hop to it … the auction could end at any second (it's a Buy It Now), and ends for certain late tonight.

0 thoughts on “Yet Another Tiny Beauty …

  1. You’ve hit the nail on the head. Why, oh why, must 88% of all of the available vintage patterns be tiny? Who were these svelt, small race of stylish women?Well, I know one. She is my mother. Couldn’t have been more than a size twelve during all of this fashion rich age.Sigh…

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  2. Oh my god! Erin, you’ve saved Ramakwanzachanamas! This is the perfect book for everyone I know!Okay, not everyone. But all the ones who’ve been really good this year.Congratulations!

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  3. Why, oh why, must 88% of all of the available vintage patterns be tiny?Because the patterns for larger women (starting with, say, bust 33 and up) were actually bought and used! Although I wonder–if the bust/waist, bust/hip, and bust/height ratios were the same as yours (a 10 petite?), could you play around with a large-scale copier and enlarge the entire pattern?

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  4. ohmygod! I have been enjoying your sewing blog for some time, but had no idea you were a famous wordsmith. Yikes! I just used ohmygod with someone who writes books about words. Anyway, I’m delighted to see we share another passion. Congratulations on the new book. It looks wonderful.

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  5. There is a great guide to resizing patterns that works well with vintage patterns here. I first learned about it via the Zaftig Goddess, and it’s wonderful.anna

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  6. I used to be that size. đŸ˜€ When I was really small chested. And I think I do know some people that size as well. So it’s not that odd.

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  7. That extra 1/2 inch probably indicates that it’s a “half size” which is for short (not petite) (and usually stocky) women. It might be too small to grade up to your size, but if the pattern is cheap enough, it might be worth it!

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  8. The dress is really, really cute. I can’t imagine how that bodice would ever lay nicely across something bigger than a 31 1/2″ bust though. Perhaps I lack in imagination. I can’t for the life of me find the post I am thinking of in which several books on fitting were recommended. Can you all give me your favorites again? I’m ready to purchase and want to make sure I choose well.

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  9. Robinson, I’m going to make yet another pitch for “Fit for Real People” by Palmer and Alto. No, I don’t have stock in the book, but I wish I did. If you were going to be limited to one book on “how to fit,” I would recommend this one.

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  10. Robinson, and to all the folks in general, I’m going to add one caveat about re-sizing patterns: Quite often, sewing books will tell you to take the difference between your measurements and the pattern’s measurements (doesn’t matter if you’re sizing up or down), and to divide the difference evenly amongst all the seams, until the pattern’s been altered. The caveat? Don’t divide the difference “evenly” unless the difference is actually distributed evenly on your figure. If you need to enlarge the waist 3″, and your dress has princess seams, it will do you no good to add to the back seams, if the reason the waist is 3″ bigger is because you have a belly! And if your dress is 3″ too tight through the hips, and it’s all in your bottom, you don’t need to add anything to the seams in the front in order to make it fit. It helps to apply your knowledge of your own figure to the information sewing books provide!

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  11. Thanks La Bella. I have the book on order now. I’ve learned so much about why my attempts to learn to sew in the past were all acts of futility since I started reading this blog. Having a quality sewing machine makes a difference. Having a quality pattern makes a difference. Having a quality reference book will make a difference. And the inspiration doesn’t hurt either!

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  12. There’s a funny ad in magazines for some soda that shows a girl trying to squeeze into a dress in a fitting room and it says, “If it doesn’t fit, it was ugly anyway.”Think this a few times and it may help.

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  13. I just received a copy of this new book. Thanks Erin, it was very sweet of you to thank me with a thank you gift for my thank you gift…..Thank you. I was thinking out loud the other day, “I need a good book to read.”…and one arrived in the mail! I found out I am an aquabib and a whole lot of other “a” words that make me sound interesting. I am going to use them in my next personal ad. Again, Thanks for writing fun and cheerful things for people to enjoy because joy is fun to experience!May your world always have exactly enough beautiful patterns, fabrics, and words to enjoy.Sarah.

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  14. OMG – ERIN, that’s YOU?? VERBATIM is one of my favourite books for dipping into! I must have read it 5 or 6 times! And now I find out that the Dress a Day GODDESS is the VERBATIM Goddess?I must retire to my fainting couch.

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  15. Erin: I wore a size 16 in the 1960’s and 70’s. Give me an idea of the type of dress pattern you want and whether it has to be unused, and I will send it to you in exchange for your new book. I could email you a jpeg of the pattern first. Would that sound like an okay deal?I have been enjoying this blog for a while, thanks a lot.Mary

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