Last week I was feeling really rather miserable as I’d received my results back for my final paper for the English module of my degree and, quite frankly, I’d blown it.  My score for this paper was 36% lower than my worst score for the rest of the module. To say I was disappointed with both the score and myself would be a bit of an understatement!

Thankfully the postman brought me a parcel from the very talented and clever Kristin.  She too has been clearing out her sewing room and had a number of lovely patterns to share.

I was lucky enough to receive the two larger sized patterns, which means less grading/altering for me (cue cheer from the crowd) and they are absolutely beautiful.

First up is a lovely Simplicity Slenderette pattern number 3475:

As you can see by the date stamp, this was sold by Mille and Rhoads on May 15th 1961.  Miller and Rhoads was a Virginia based chain of department stores that are now sadly defunct.

The pattern says it is suitable for rayson, silks and synthetics.  Amazingly I have some lightweight synthetics in the remaining stash that are simply perfect for this dress.  I’m planning version 1, although I may leave the collar off this version…I’ll see how it looks on me before making a decision.

Next is this gorgeous Marian Martin dress number 9115:

This one has the original postal envelope with it, complete with date stamps:

Don’t you find these little details just as charming and fascinating as the patterns themselves?

The Marian Martin pattern pieces are the “proper” vintage ones without markings, which will be a first for me.  I have some more synthetics that would work beautifully with this pattern, but I also have some pale green linen that might work too.  Especially piped in navy!

I’m so thrilled with these patterns and can’t wait to make them up.  I have a top sitting on Maud waiting for sleeve bindings and hems and the infamous jeans have had their waistband removed and just need a new one adding. Once these are done I’m starting one of these dresses I think.

Regards the jeans,  I decided to suck up redoing the waistband rather than let them languish awaiting weight loss.  Especially as they are most definitely a prototype for future pairs and I want to wear them to work out where the kinks in the pattern are.

I’m hoping to share both of these projects with you soon but between school holidays and final papers, sewing time is a bit limited.  I know I’m not alone with this predicament at the moment. 😉