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Lee Bender for Bust Stop sewing pattern

Discussion in 'PUBLIC Vintage Fashion - Ask Questions Get Answers' started by RuthB, Jun 10, 2013.

  1. RuthB

    RuthB Registered Guest

    Hi! I recently bought a box of vintage sewing patterns, and in it was a factory folded, unused dress pattern, designed by Lee Bender for Bus Stop by Woman magazine. I can't find any reference anywhere, and I even emailed Lee herself, who told me she has no recollection of it! I am guessing it was issued as part of a marketing campaign, but has anyone seen anything similar? I want to date and value it!
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  2. The Vintage Merchant

    The Vintage Merchant Administrator Staff Member

    that's definitely 70s, Ruth, and adorable!
  3. RuthB

    RuthB Registered Guest

    Thanks Mary! I assumed it was 1970's - it doesn't have any exact dates on it though as some patterns do, and I just can't find it referenced anywhere, but it is lovely isn't it? (I may have to copy it so I can make up a version!) I know some pattern companies 'showcased' young designers (particularly in 60's/70's) but I am reaching a dead end with this one!
  4. RuthB

    RuthB Registered Guest

    Lee Bender has emailed me again to say she remembers the dress being sold, but not ever issuing it as a pattern. The plot thickens!
  5. thespectrum

    thespectrum Trade Member Staff Member

    It must be somewhat rare if Lee has such a sketchy recollection of it. It's very cute, 1970s classic 30s-40s revival.

    Maybe Woman has an archives section, have you emailed them?
  6. RuthB

    RuthB Registered Guest

    That's a good idea, I will do that next! Thanks!
  7. Pinkcoke

    Pinkcoke Alumni

    Very interested to see this so thanks for posting!

    I would start by looking at listings for Woman magazines from that era, to see if any mention a free Lee Bender pattern, or the opportunity to collect for/purchase it.
  8. carole Leslie

    carole Leslie Registered Guest

    Hi Ruth, I was searching for info on Mary Quant patterns and came across this site by chance as I recognised the Lee Bender pattern. I know it is 6 years since you posted your question so hopefully you get this reply. I had this pattern and made the short dress in my sewing class at school, it was around 1973/74. I absolutely loved the dress and wore it a lot. This has brought back great memories.

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