Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Goddess Gown and Lucy Housecoat

I have a new addition to my collection.

It's this little beauty and she's described as a Goddess Gown.

I found her while browsing through Etsy and a couple of websites that feature vintage patterns and she's due to arrive at Number 10 any day now.

I also purchased this lovely design from 1969....

And this beauty is from the 1950's. It's called the Lucy Housecoat. Don't you love designs that are given names?

What I've found really interesting though is the difference in the sizings from what we're used to today.

For instance, the "Lucy" is classified as a Size 14, to fit a bust measurement of 32 inches. I found a lot of designs like that, particularly from the 1950's.

I know I've been doing a lot of looking and choosing and buying lately but not much sewing....but that's going to change soon. I've had a few other things taking up my time like getting Number 3 finished.

Also... I always find getting out the pattern and the fabric and then constructing a garment is something you have to be in the right frame of mind for, otherwise things can turn pretty "ugly" pretty quickly.

That's my theory anyway, and I'm sticking to it.


  1. This is my theory also. Although I can sew anytime, everything (including marriages, motherhood and the garment) will be much prettier if I am in the right frame of mind.

    Isn't that sizing crazy? I wore a size 9 junior my senior year (hs) and sewed much of what I wore. My daughter swears that what I actually wore was a 2 in today's sizing. Hmmm I will think on that one.

    I love your pattern "love".


  2. Ooh... I love that one from 1969

  3. Teresa, sizings are funny things aren't they? Here in Oz a size 12 is a 34 inch bust, or 87cm. A size 14-36 inch or 92cm

    When I was at hs I was a size 12, but I weighed a lot less than I do now and I can still fit into things that are labelled 12 or 14. Go figure!
    Sizings aren't what they used to be

  4. Isn't she a beauty Alison. I can just see myself in the bell bottoms with my hair foofed up and the ringlets at the back...great stuff.

  5. Love the Goddess Gown pattern - it's such a stylish design.


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