Thursday, June 21, 2012

Vintage Gardening Smock: Hollywood 1123


While most people will just shrug their shoulders and turn away uncomprehendingly, I know there is a very specific and tiny segment of the population who will understand my excitement at finding this pattern. I have three words for them: "Coverall and Bonnet."

I just can't resist the purpose-built vintage pattern, whether it's for bowling, gardening, cleaning, or 4H.


This one was extra perfect in being quite graceful, actually, and the perfect use for my not-quite-enough-but-I'll-make-it-work Wedgewood blue polished cotton with a lovely drape. I had envisioned something kimono-like for it, and this pattern fit the bill. I did run out of fabric before trying out the bonnet, though.


Next time!

16 comments:

Lisa said...

Polished cotton with a lovely drape - that's almost an oxymoron! The polished cotton I've met was nice, but didn't have much drape. Yours is just beautiful - the blue!


Lisateresa

Lily said...

I totally understand your excitement with your vintage patterns. I love them too and get excited seeing you make them into beautiful garments. The fabric you used for this is really pretty. Lily. xxx

Rebecca said...

Oh, loveliness! Such a vivid blue, too. Enjoy!

Brooke said...

just lovely

Katrina - Edelweiss Patterns said...

I absolutely love this pattern! Those original vintage ones are so much preferable to the reproduction vintage patterns of today, and the dress itself is just lovely.

Thanks for sharing!

Katrina

Sheila said...

Who says the bonnet has to match! :)

seashoreknits said...

We do understand! We do!
I tooam always on the lookout for the perfect "working" house dress. Not just an apron, not just a smock, not just a house dress....I believe I have you to thank for this obsession. :)
This one is just lovely - the floral pattern is perfectly suited for its use!

Sew Blessed Maw said...

I definitely understand your excitement for this adorable pattern..Love the blue floral fabric too.. Can't wait to see the next one..with the bonnet.so cute.

Margo said...

make the bonnet coordinating and show us the whole get-up! It's so fun.

Rebecca said...

Count me in as one of the understanding! I have a housecleaning smock pattern that you better believe is going to get made up. Maybe in some 50's faux patchwork fabric.

Celeste said...

Now you must post a photo of yourself gardening in it!

Linda said...

Beautiful!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful garment! Anna, I've been so inspired by your sewing with thrifted fabrics. so last night I pulled out my sewing machine & my son's old blue twin sheet. I made myself a pair of drawstring yoga pants. They are great, exactly what I wanted. And free! I never thought of using sheets as fashion fabric, but it works. Next, a kimono style jacket and dress. thanks!

ZCioccolato said...

I enjoy your blog so much. Where do you go to buy the vintage patterns?

Anna said...

Ebay is a great source for vintage patterns. So is etsy, and then there's my favorite pattern seller, lanetzliving.net. That's where I found this one! Her prices are moderate, service is excellent, and new patterns are posted every day and nicely categorized.

Diane said...

I share your enthusiasm:)

I am actually quite smitten with that hat pattern... I do hope you'll make it up sometime.

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