Inside the Envelope
Advance 6841, c. 1954
I realize that Advance 6841 is not one of those earth-shattering, jaw-dropping cocktail gowns from the 1950's, but I do think that there are a few interesting details about this pattern that should be noted.
This pattern is for a skirt and a petticoat - separate garments, not a combined all in one type garment. Each is simple with few pattern pieces:
To that end, each garment has its own zipper. The skirt has a center back zipper, while the petticoat has a side seam zipper. Nice touch for reducing bulk, since the two zippers will not be layered over each other. First, the skirt (also note pockets!) and then the petticoat:
When the waistbands are applied, they are stitched with the outside of the waist band to the inside of the skirt. The waist band is then folded with the free edge on the outside and top stitched in place. Today, we do the opposite, by stitching the waistband on right sides together, folding and having the free edge on the inside.
A really neat little extra is the underlap for the petticoat zipper as described by the pattern instructions: if deisred, a fabric extension to protect underclothing may be placed under the zipper. The instructions then go on to explain how to cut and install this underlap before installing the waistband. This is a great extra touch and can be used on any article of clothing with a zipper that will touch skin or possibly snag under garments. We most often see under laps used in trousers and jeans when the fly zipper in inserted, but it is useful in other applications.
The petticoat ruffling is attached to the inside of the petticoat, in three rows.
There were not any pattern pieces for the ruffles, not were there cutting dimensions. This pattern instructions you to purchase 8 yards of 3" novelty ruffling for this project. The pre-ruffled trim is then sewn in successive, overlapping rows to the petticoat. Much easier than making it yourself!
Not the most exciting pattern, but simple and fun!
Parting Shot: Handkerchief. What else would I need for my vintage purse but a pretty handkerchief? This is another one of my antique store finds. These are actually quite inexpensive, all of the ones I saw were between $1 and $3 (US) and were clean, ironed and in individual ziplock bags.