Vintage Pattern – Butterick 9796

Guess what the postman brought me today… another gorgeous vintage pattern! I saw this on Etsy the other week and just had to have it. It was love at first sight!

Misses' and Women's Shallow Neck Dress. (A) Short sleeved dress with buttoned self banded shallow neck, triangular cut out detail, flared skirt with unpressed front pleats, self belt. (B) Contrast banded cuffs and neckline (not buttoned). (Butterick, copyright 1960).

Misses’ and Women’s Shallow Neck Dress. (A) Short sleeved dress with buttoned self banded shallow neck, triangular cut out detail, flared skirt with unpressed front pleats, self belt. (B) Contrast banded cuffs and neckline (not buttoned). (Butterick, copyright 1960).

Opening up this pattern was a really exciting experience. I can’t help but wonder who Louise White is and if she was just as excited about this dress as I am. When I opened the envelope and pulled out the tissue paper, I caught a whiff of her floral perfume, and wondered about what her dress looked like, and where she wore it. It was like being taken back to 1960s New York, just for a split second. A very special experience, and I shall treasure her pattern for many years to come.

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