This isn’t what I found, actually, I’ve had it for ages, since I was 10 or 12 and actually had a chance of fitting into a 30″ bust. I even got a royal blue sprigged quilting cotton with this dress in mind, but never got around to even looking inside the pattern envelope. Until today, when I reached inside for the instructions, hoping to find the date (I was organizing my patterns chronologically, for no reason) and this fell out:
A Hollywood Patterns catalog from 1942!
Chic crocheted hats.
What would 40s fashion be without suit dresses?
The back page is torn, unfortunately, but I really like this dress.
There are some children’s patterns (like mine).
The back page. Shirtdresses, and a tip to read Glamour Magazine to find out how to meet and marry men.
Amazing. I can’t believe this has been sitting in either mine or mother’s stash for so long and neither of us ever realized it.
The pattern that I have is 847, and the catalog starts numbering in the 60s, so it’s probably from late 1941 or early 1942. A pattern piece also fell out with the catalog, and it’s probably a good thing I didn’t try to make this 8 years ago because my 12-year-old sewing skills would definitely not have been up to the challenge of an unprinted pattern.
I wish now that it was a grown-up pattern, because it’s a really sweet little dress.