I Love Lucy : Du Barry 5667 from 1942

If you are visting from Project Run And Play, welcome to Sew Country Chick! Although I used a pattern fo this dress I can assure you I do know how to make patterns if I am chosen. I just enjoy the feeling of working from vintage patterns. I think I can bring a fun flavor to the competition.
Happy weekend! I’m sorry I didn’t post Sew & Tell Saturday today. I had a cold and then started organizing  my sewing closet last night and the whole project extended well into the morning and I was tired! But my stuff is organized now and that is a great feeling.
It’s been awhile since I have made a vintage pattern and I really enjoyed working with this pattern , Dubarry 5667 from 1942. 
Lily was excited to get a new dress since I haven’t made her one since Halloween.
She wanted me to curl her hair for the photos. She looked so cute with the rollers on that we took the pictures with them still in.
 After this shoot we went downtown to have some coffee and chocolate and she still had her rollers on. She got some funny looks but she didn’t seem to mind one little bit.
I love vintage children’s patterns. Just looking at them makes me feel happy. Children were so innocent and cute looking in the old days. I think Du Barry patterns have some really sweet designs for children. I wonder when they went out of business? Do any of you vintage mavens know?
Something about reading these old directions and making something old new again is fun.
I used my vintage notions. I have a huge collection of metal zippers and buttons bought at yard sales.The fabris new and double sided with ginham on one side and plaid on the other.i bought it for a dollar a yard on the street in The LA Fabric District. It appears to be a cotton rayon blend.
These are tissue patterns, which are surprisingly strong for being 70 years old. They aren’t marked at all but the directions are explained really well on the sheet that comes with the pattern. The three large dots on the sleeve represent the grain line. You can also see the dart marks. You are supposed to thread trace them or you can mark through the holes with a water soluble pattern marker.

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  1. says

    That’s a charming dress and I love that she posed with those curlers!
    As to DuBarry they were in business from 1930/31 till 1946. They were produced by Simplicity as an exclusive for Woolworths. They were never printed on the tissue.
    I have always like DuBarry patterns, especially the child’s patterns. The illustrations melt my heart!

  2. Rebecca says

    This dress is precious! It is so fun she went out with her hair in rollers! I don’t know if I would have the nerve to do that, and I’m a grown woman, lol.

  3. khristie B says

    Ah a girl after my own heart. What a doll. And the dress is super cute and stylish.

  4. Sew Country Chick says

    Yes it was a fun project and thanks!Hopefullt Lily will stay confident once she hits puberty.

  5. Debi says

    SO ADORABLE!! I just love the photos with the curlers in her hair. so cute!

  6. Janlynn says

    Just so cute! You did a beautiful job on the dress but your daughter steals the show. The rollers are a great touch.

  7. A.J.A. says

    She is adorable, and you are so lucky to have a little girl that is into everything you are into, and vice versa! Love the dress; your piping is beautiful, and I love your pattern placement.

  8. Another Sewing Scientist says

    I love the second post she’s doing – such a natural model! She looks like she’s having a great time, and being stylish while she’s at it.

    I don’t have many children’s pattern from before the ’70s; they are difficult to find, at least around here. Do you buy your online, or from estate sales?

  9. Another Sewing Scientist says

    Wow, there are a lot of mistakes in that comment I made. I’ve been sick as a dog this weekend too, so I’ll blame the medication for my poor spelling 😉

  10. Claire (aka Seemane) says

    Ah, Lily looks so cute + so does her dress too – great job :)!

  11. Anonymous says

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  12. Lizzy says

    WOOOOWW!!!! I LOVE the dress, the fabric, the pattern, the notions you used and of course how your daughter looks!!! she looks very very cute!! as I told you in Sew Retro post, I can see she really enjoys wearing vintage dresses.

  13. Alisha @ Crafty Brooklyn Army Wife says

    This is so adorable!!! I love how her hair is in curlers!! I also Love Lucy!!! Great vintage zippers and buttons.

  14. Sis-O says

    Love everything, the dress, curlers, fabric choices, piping, the cute model. Oh, how I wish I could sew other than straight lines on a quilt. Someday.

  15. says

    This is the cutest dress I have seen for little girls for a while. Almost makes me want another–almost not quite! The rollers were a nice touch. I remember when we were kids and my mom rolled our hair the night before church… What fun memories you have brought back.

  16. Brenware says

    Beautiful dress. Great photos. I found your photo on the sewvivor entry list. I love your blog. I am new to blogging and emerging as a seamstress. I am impressed.

  17. Laura says

    The dress is oh so cute!
    Did you know…
    Hair curlers were not invented until 1960, before that hair was wrapped around pieces of cloth.

  18. says

    absolutely adorable. i love the photo session you did too! Good luck at PRP – it’s kinda intimidating to enter, isn’t it?

    jess @

  19. says

    Love love the dress. Great job, and great style. You did a great job with the photo shoot set up too! I’m your newest follower. (sorry if i may have commented twice!)

    Jess @