A few weeks ago, before driving south for some continental winter sun, my mum presented me with a shoe box. Upon removing the lid, I discovered a whole pile of papers.

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Leafing through the papers, I discovered many vintage sewing patterns, all once belonging to the now elderly mother of a family friend. All patterns for dresses, (my favourite) I was pleased to find that there are several styles that I would happily wear, if and when I am able to make them. My first job is to have a closer look at each pattern and check whether they are complete as well as adaptable for my measurements. Which do you like and any suggestions for the one you think I should attempt first?

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