Thursday, February 21, 2013

I Dreamed a Dream

Red Sateen Party Dress
from Blue Velvet Vintage

Once upon a time, on a far off blog called Male Pattern Boldness, someone did a lovely post pondering the merits of the shelf bust. And what is the shelf bust? Well, I'd tell you but Peter did a much better job than I ever could of answering that question, complete with pictures to boot so why don't you take a quick peek over there and then come right back.

Are you done yet?

Yes, he sews and he does a wonderful job of it too. Stop gaping at Cathy's fantastic legs and come back here so we can talk about Butterick's latest pattern release.

So anyway, the shelf bust. I fell in love with that look the minute I saw it on MPB and just had to own one. Fortunately, for mr man's wallet, I've not been able to find on etsy for a price I was willing to pay or rather I couldn't justify it in the light of all my other fabric/pattern wants and wishes. But it seems Gertie of Blog for Better Sewing fame, heard my cry and convinced Butterick to release this little wonder.

5882: Gertie's shelf bust dress

I have no words for how exciting this is to me so I'll let Jonah Hill express glee on my behalf.

The other new offerings aren't too shabby, including this cute little shorts and shirt pattern, also by Gertie.

5895 Vintage top and pants

This sweet little knit dress,

5885: Maggie London knit dress

And these two Victorian antebellum reproduction for little miss ma'am's current throwback obsession. I'm still working on the stays for our Austen era dresses. I might get hives if I have to contemplate a corset. Okay, not really. I'm loving working on the Davenport ensembles. It's simply taking a bit of work to have it come out the right way. Eventually, I'd love to put that kind of time into a few different eras, primarily Federal and yes, Antebellum.

5901: Children's Antebellum underthings

5900: Child's Antebellum dress

So in conclusion, I'll be making a mad dash for Joann's as soon as I hear the glorious sound of a Butterick sale.



  1. Me, too. I think I have an idea for where to place the bust stuff on that pretty dress. And I totally thought of you when I saw the girl's patterns. I'm getting them even if my girl rejects the idea.

  2. I will so be there too when those patterns go on sale. (I think one is coming up!) ~Laurie

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  5. Joann's is having a sale on Butterick patterns in the begining of March! I want to say the 6th or 9th, but I'm not sure. It was in the paper ad, but it's not in the online ad.