I made a promise to myself when I embarked upon costume countdown week to limit my use of clowns -- believe me, I could feature vintage clown patterns all week. Each one has a little something special to make it just not right in that way clowns are. Take, for example, Butterick 3169, a 1964 pattern I found in Midvale Cottage's etsy shop:
My personal fave, though, is Advance 701, which appears to be either from the 1940s or early 1950s. Interestingly, it seems to have been issued with two different illustrations -- perhaps one version one year and one the next? The illustration style and price suggest too close a date for this to be a case of pattern re-numbering.
Here's illustration one, from the pattern's page on the Vintage Sewing Wiki. Our happy Halloween couple traises down the block for a Halloween party:
Next, look at the pattern listing over at Spessarite Sole. I think someone spiked the Pink Zombie Punch with truth serum, because a scene of Who's Afraid of VIrginia Woolf? proportions took place between this illustration and the last one:
Advance consistently had such gorgeous illustrations, and these are both worth framing -- although I think you'd have to give it a title like "From Revelry to the Death of Love."