Inside the Envelope
Woman's Day #5066
From time to time, I've shown you vintage patterns and some interesting details from them. Today, I'm going to show you one that I acquired recently. This one is labeled "Woman's Day" and it is #5066. I can't find a publisher nor copyright, but I'm guessing these were published in conjunction with Woman's Day Magazine. If any one knows more info about this, let me know!
Here it is, a four piece button together ensemble consisting of a skirt, a blouse, a halter top and apron. All the pieces wrap to the back except for the apron and button closed, then the tops and bottoms are buttoned together at the waist. There is no information on the back of the envelope. That information is printed on the instruction sheet, so I've shown you the line drawings below.
Notice from the pictures on the envelope that this ensemble was intended carry a woman throughout her workday, from mopping floors to going out to the market. (Matching head scarf pattern for mopping floors not included!)
Here's the halter top, it is actually pretty cute made up in the stripes as shown:
The wrap-on blouse is simple, and obviously good enough for household chores:
For each top, 8 natural wood buttons are suggested. Notice how they've suggested to attach the button, below. Each button is attached via a strap of of fabric, rather than by stitching on with thread. The button shanks need to have enough length to accommodate buttoning the garment on and then adding a skirt and/or apron. That's a lot of layers between the button and the fabric it is attached to!
By now you've probably realized that all those buttons need buttonholes in the corresponding garment. Thankfully, the instructions state to make machine made buttonholes and don't even mention making bounds one! (Although if you really wanted to, I'm sure you could.)
Of course, it is the waistbands of the skirt and apron that need those buttonholes, you can just see the buttons under the model's arm in the picture below:
Last, but not least, look at those cute little flats she's wearing while doing the household chores!
Parting Shot: The view from one of my classroom windows. The students find it disappointing. Here they are stuck in school and there is that ski resort on the next hill, so close, yet so far away!