There’s a little bit to unpack right here, beginning with how I did, then did not, then lastly did purchase my copy of this sample.
I would been awaiting this sample for a number of years earlier than a duplicate lastly got here up for public sale on eBay at a value I felt was affordable. I positioned my bid and gained. After which I waited. After a couple of week, the vendor contacted me and apologized. She’d gotten her wires crossed and despatched my sample to the successful bidder of a special sample. This particular person was so enchanted with this sample that she hadn’t bid on that she refused to return it. So, the vendor returned my cash and I used to be again to watching, watching, watching.
The irony is that in my private opinion that is by far the ugliest of the Bicentennial costume patterns on the market. Even the patterns bought within the newspapers tried a little tougher than the Vogue design crew chargeable for this one.
Again in 1976, the sample corporations actually did not have historic patterns of the caliber of the perfect patterns which can be obtainable in the present day. They supplied costume patterns with various ranges of historic accuracy. Usually designed to be used in native pageants, parades, or theater productions, the designers needed to meet the wants of individuals with restricted time and price range, and probably solely primary stitching abilities.
In a type of good storm of awfulness, 1976 was interval when 100% cotton or linen materials had been laborious to search out, with native material shops promoting largely polyester blends. In case you suppose this was lethal for the women’ costumes, speak to gents who marched within the stifling warmth of July 4th parades in vibrant purple 100% polyester broadcloth coats. (A number of years earlier, in 1961, a few of these identical gents most likely sweated via darkish blue or gray polyester broadcloth as they commemorated the Civil Warfare. It is my perception that these experiences helped spur the analysis into larger historic accuracy that continues to this present day.)
However in 1976, each city was going to rejoice the Bicentennial and by gum, we had been going to decorate the half, no matter vaguely historic half that was.
The Vogue design crew appears to have checked packing containers for “mob cap” and “fichu” and “sq. neck” after which gone out for a protracted lunch. On the best way again to the workplace they will need to have seen a Laura Ashley costume and determined that was that. Even one of many inside illustrations evokes the Edwardian sensibility so central to Ashley’s designs.
This printed sample is unused.