Two of the most stunning jumpsuit patterns, no? Beautifully depicted on their pattern covers, emphasizing feminine beauty with a fluidity of character floating and swirling around the subject that leaves one’s imagination and perception to take up where the photograph leaves off. The photographer did his/her job well.
Today, my focus is on Vogue 2731, designed by Galitzine and published in 1972. I did an earlier comparison on Vogue 1865 (see here – my first Comparisons post). Beautiful example of timeless fashion! This style glides smoothly from day to evening and is perfect for summer. I was able to track this one down, but the vendor had already sold it. Price tag: $125.00. Sniff, sniff. I told myself, “There’s no crying in sewing!”
Today, you will find both of these patterns very difficult to come by and many more times their original price. This only tends to goad me into poking around to find others that are similar and without the budget-eating price tag. Before I present the results of that poking around, let me clarify that sometimes these garments are classified as jumpsuits and/or culottes, or jumpsuits with palazzo pants. Just so you know in the event you choose to do your own poking. The bad news is that many are not easy to locate for purchase. Sew, they are still extremely popular.
After a bit of research, I found three very close contenders and three close designs and quite a few honorable mentions. Listed first are the very close contenders and close designs with pictures and short blurbs. The honorable mentions are photographed last. Below are my findings:
Vogue 8310, issued 1972, is a close design. It can be fashioned as a jumpsuit or a dress. It features a halter neck line and is very low cut with special interest at the midriff. As you will note, the pant legs are abundantly full; palazzo pant style. Alas, no criss-cross bodice, but will go from day to evening quite easily. The pattern includes a shawl as well.
Vogue 9730, issued 1977, is a very close contender. It does feature a criss-cross bodice, but is not quite as full in the pant area. The pattern includes a dress and wrap as well.
Vogue 2113, issued in the 1960s, is considered a close design. It offers a jewel neckline, but if you are more focused on the palazzo pant style, this may be of interest.
McCall’s 3419, issued in 1972, is a very close contender to the Galitzine design, even featured in the black/white contrast fabric. The pattern is sized for knits and includes a dress version and stole. As it was issued in 1972, same year as the Galitzine design, it appears someone played copy-cat. Who copied who?
A mail order pattern in the Prominent Designer series, #M208 by Mr. Blackwell, is another very close contender. I also found a mail order pattern in the same series by Diane Von Furstenberg, #M229, which is a close design. Both of these were issued in the 1970s.
Below, are the Honorable Mentions, many issued in the 1970s. In my search, I found numerous jumpsuits that dated back into the early part of the last century all the way up until now and they included men’s and children’s patterns as well. You can spend more than a few hours’ worth of time going through them via the internet.