SHOP - then SHOP some more. Now that things have settled down with Zman, and my subsequent cold, I may have time to show you what I found.
In my wanderings, I ran across a cache of larger size vintage patterns, photos above. They are all 44 to 46 bust size. I love them all, but think I might try the ADVANCE pattern first, (what do you think, mid-1950's??) maybe the Simplicity 7600 next - its dated 1968.
I also found the pattern for boys outfits - if you are my age or older, you may remember the young boys outfits where the pants buttoned onto the shirt. I saw a number of these vintage outfits in the antique shops, but was lucky enough to find this pattern in size 3. My guys may have a new outfit for Christmas!
Stay tuned, as I found a lot of other goodied - books, lace, buttons, fabric - all my favorite things.