Sometimes my vintage sewing patterns hide little surprises inside. In the case of the year 1934 McCall #7823, a tap pants and bra set from the previous post, there was a lonely sleeve pattern from a completely different unmatched envelope. What has been your weirdest find inside a pattern envelope? This is I suppose not the strangest or most exciting, but it is random and makes me scratch my head at the history paper patterns hold.
The random tissue piece is for a “short sleeve” with the number McCall #5918, in a size 16. Why would a pattern for undergarments have a sleeve pattern randomly shoved in it? I guess it really doesn’t do any good to ask why, I’ll not figure that out! However, thanks to the internet, I can see what the rest of the pattern did look like (below) and find what year it came from. This sleeve piece is from a stunning pattern that is of the year 1944, ten years after the date of the envelope I found it in!
Until this lonely orphan finds the rest of its match, I will keep it on its own and maybe try it out on a sleeveless garment. However, there must be an existent pattern out there somewhere to have an image to share, and it’s probably missing a sleeve piece, too! The front bodice of that dress is killer sexy, anyway! I am laying out this info in the hopes that one of you lovely readers perhaps just might have this pattern. I offer a pattern trade so my sleeve pattern could be a complete design. A pattern copy for a pattern copy?