Everything's Cooler with a Cape


Simplicity 2042

I think this dress is aDORable. The pockets! The buttons! The CAPE! So cute. Even though the women in the illustration are obviously deciding which of the cater-waiters they will later kill, dismember, and eat.

This is also one of those rare pattern envelopes where I would follow the suggested color schemes slavishly. Red gingham-y print? Sure. Yellow poplin? You betcha. Then I'd make one in grass green, with white trim.

Even better? This pattern is on sale! That's right, Lisa at yourpatternshop is celebrating her one-year anniversary with a sale going on now. All items have been marked down 15% and can be used in combination with the "dressaday" code for free shipping to USA and Canada buyers. Happy Anniversary, Lisa!

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18 thoughts on “Everything's Cooler with a Cape

  1. What a cute summer dress!I love how the envelope reads Half Size Slenderette, letting the buyer know that this was a slimming style. I remember that half-size was code for what was called chubby teen and childrens clothing.

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  2. Interesting! So thats what half size slenderette means. I Googled the phrase without much luck and thought maybe it referred to petite lengths. Half size slenderette has been running through my head all afternoon.

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  3. Personally, I prefer the CHUB-DEB line of patterns for those post-holiday months, but the Half-Size Slenderettes sound intriguing, as well. (Are we ALL half-sizes now, since the 1950s and 60s foundation garments have been tossed out?)

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  4. Note to comments: Half sizes were for short women with a fuller or mature figure. For example my 5 foot tall, 110 pound grandmother wore a 10-1/2 to 121/2 half size. She was slender with a mature figure. She would have looked ridiculous in an 9 or 11 junior petite which were made for young people. I wish the pattern companies would bring back patterns for us shorties.

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  5. Yall just solved a mystery for me!Ive got a dress pattern thats a half-size and, when I made it up, the natural waistline ended up just under my bust. But if half-sizes were for petites, that totally makes sense, since I havent been petite since I was eleven years old. I didnt think I was that incompetent at following patterns!* * * * * * I love that dress, but those are some sly-looking women. Secret agents? The one on the left could be Natasha from the Bullwinkle cartoons before she hit the vodka too hard and had to take up with Boris.

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  6. I agree theyre scary dames. Its like these two women have turned to a life of violent crime to compensate for their half-size state. Kind of a Napoleon Complex for girls?

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  7. Its the crime-fighting duo of Halfsize and Slenderette! Whenever an innocent citizen of Gingham City is in danger, they whip on their minicapes and super-pointy shoes and fly to the rescue. Slenderette is having a chuckle over the fact that none of the other reporters at the Daily Pleat recognize her when shes wearing white gloves.

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  8. Theresa: I believe we all saw you looking pretty d@mn swell in a dark blue wrap dress you made for the office once? When everyone posted pics of sewing projects? Whats with this farkakt mature figure caca?

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  9. Ive made one dress from a half-size/slenderette pattern. I am 56 with a full bust, and I found that if I lengthened the torso to fit, the bust was full enough without any adjustments. I now look for the half size whenever Im shopping for patterns.

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