Tuesday, December 27, 2016

An unexpected pattern piece

Today I started work on a vintage pattern which looks to be from the 1940's, maybe even 1930's. 
 
The first thing I do with vintage patterns is to lay out all the pieces so I can be sure I have what I need.  It's a good practice, and I highly recommend it.
This time, I was faced with a conundrum.  I had Pattern Piece A, which was supposed to be the bodice back (the piece on the left).  On the other hand, it looked NOTHING like a bodice back.  It had what looked to be a bust dart (bust dart?) and some gathers, and I couldn't make the position of the armhole make sense with all the gathers.  Huh.
I hunted around in my pieces some more.  I had also been confused by the fact that I had two piece D's, or maybe two piece O's?  Anyway.  Further investigation revealed that one of the Piece D's was actually the real Piece A, leaving the correct number of Piece D's (the real Piece A is the one on the right).

So now I have one extra pattern piece, and I have no idea where it came from.  It's clearly a bust piece with some sort of gathers, but it doesn't seem to belong to any pattern I own.  Huh.

I think I'll just let it live in this pattern envelope until I figure out where, if anywhere, it came from.