Dear online sewing community (& anyone else who can help)
I have been searching for several years now for a pattern I used to own. Folks, this generally involves several hours trawling through Ebay & Etsy “Very Easy Very Vogue” patterns, & believe me there are lots out there. You see I don’t have a reference for it but just know that It’s a “Very Easy Very Vogue” pattern from the late 1980s (possibly 1986 ). This pattern & I have been through a lot together, but somehow we parted company. Oh, how I rue the day I allowed this to happen….all I have left are my memories & one outfit …
So it’s separates:
1. A cute sleeveless button back blouse with a stand up collar & an inverted box pleat
2. Culottes that I have made up in a light weight polycotton which have to be the best culottes I’ve ever had. I think they had front pleats, & definitely a back zip. Last time I mentioned them the wonderful LinB sent me a raft of culotte patterns, divided skirts & culotte-all-in-ones from the 60s & 70s for me – sooo kind & inspirational…& outrageous in cases!
3. A pencil skirt with front pockets (they are designed to gape a little) & a back vent.
Put them altogether & you’ve got two super cute & elegant outfits. I think I made the top twice, culottes once & the skirt twice. I used the culottes the most (floral poly cotton, the best kind of shorts, but then you know I have a fondness for culottes & shorts 😉 ), but have no longer got them.
So since you’ve got this far, I made an effort & put on the make up, found my posh earrings & dug out my smart shoes.
This folks is all that I have of this pattern I am hunting for. You see when I was 17 or 18, I was sewing a lot of my own things & in those days there were the odd large scale (drunken ) parties held in big venues, including university “balls”. (The ballroom dancing society ball had such a reputation for being *the* ultimate Christmas party with a coach to the Winter Gardens in Weston Super Mare that it attracted quite a few first years as members during Freshers’ Week. And yes it was a pretty awesome Christmas party) Anyway, clearly one needed a ballgown.
Clearly I was not a girl that desired frills, flounces or meringues (even though it was the 80s) & I’d also not been one to go strapless. So I concocted my ballgown made out of emerald shot taffeta & for some reason my Mum helped me out & made the top, & I made the skirt (maybe I was short of time?).
I think I always loved this because the top & skirt at least reminded me of the 60s (& just imagine it with elbow length gloves!) When I was in my late teens, all the cool sixth form parties rekindled 50s,60s & 70s music with plenty of fancy dress opportunities to raid the parents’ collections of favorite clothes being mothballed in the attic. People used to hire function rooms in hotels with a disco for their 18th birthday & then sell tickets to friends & friends of friends to help recoup the costs. These parties were generally reliably huge fun, with plenty of dancing & (underage) drinking. I remember I went to one such fancy dress party dressed in my Mum’s wedding dress. Before your eyes pop with wonder, my Mum made her wedding dress out of shocking pink lace & it was a sheath dress which she allowed me to shorten for this party. It was awesome.
So this outfit I think saw 4 or 5 outings, mainly “balls”, where it would be the first time you saw the blokes you study with at their height of dashing, dressed up in black tie & DJs. Gosh they looked swell.
It’s quite a narrow skirt to be lengthened. And you can see above that it didn’t stand up to the rigours of copious cider (we were students, & not in the champagne set) & shouting ironically to “Living on a Prayer”, doing the Twist & Simple Minds (hey, they weren’t all cool music parties!). My skirt split. A few times. Therefore it has a couple of “plasters” attached to seal & reinforce.
So, the plea. Please please please, anyone with information about this pattern could you get in touch – even if it is a reference number. I would so love to be reunited with it.
THANK YOU xx