First off, Hawaii was great. We spent 4 days in Oahu, 1 day on the Big Island (Hilo side), and 5 days on Kauai. Sunny sunny sunny. I think I'll stop there, before the U.S. East Coasters get mad at me. I bought 2 yards of a Robert Kaufman stretch twill in a flower camo pattern. I looooove weird camo.
Anyway, about a month ago, I purchased something that I had been looking for quite a long time: my Holy Grail of vintage patterns. Vogue Paris Original 1250.
I'd bid on this a couple of times on Ebay, but never won. (Jean Desses patterns can go for quite a lot of money.) I had a Google Alert out on it, and found a woman in Montreal who had listed it on Craigslist. I ended up with it for 18 American dollars. The Gods smiled in my favor.
While I do love the dress, the crazy crazy dress with an overlay, It's the shaping of the coat that I love. It has a sculptural quality that I think is just amazing.
"Easy-fitting paneled tunic dress with scooped neckline has tied bow trimming or buckled belt. Above elbow length sleeves or sleeveless. Fitted coat in seven-eights or regulation length buttons below shaped, built-up neckline. Concealed front pockets. Above wrist length and below elbow length sleeves."
I wonder what regulation length buttons are?
Here is the back of the envelop for those who are interested in that kind of thing. (As per usual, click on the image to make it larger, and therefore more readable.)