Monday, August 14, 2006

More Vintage Patterns

I have the perfect pattern, Jessica, for you to sew yourself a "retro" dress. A wonderful and dear friend (hi, Sue!) sent these patterns to me, and I think she had you in mind. Aren't they fabulous patterns?!!!

The pattern in the yellow envelope is old, and the pattern pieces have no writing on them, no numbers, and no markings. The pattern numbers are punched on the pieces with little round holes, and that's it. The direction sheet is mostly diagrams with minimal instructions. The postage on the envelope is 1-cent, but there is no postmark. Does anybody have any idea how old this pattern is? (Sue, where did you find it?)

You know, I could get into collecting vintage patterns. I think they're neat.... As it is, I hate to think of the day when I die and my children have to go through all my patterns, books, fabric, yarn, craft supplies, etc., etc., and throw it all away. Oh, the horror of the thought!

Thank you, Sue, for sending the patterns! I want to make one of the aprons soon. That reminds me-- Last week I made an apron for a gift for a 16 year old girl, and I forgot to take a picture of it. Since this particular young lady likes horses I used fabric with horses on it. I wish I had taken a picture.

It seems that lately all I've sewn is aprons and skirts. "Summer Skirts" has been the theme of my sewing these past months.... and I haven't taken pictures of them either. Ah, well. It's been a good summer nevertheless.



  1. My Momma passed my Grandmother's patterns on to me last year. I have always loved them. I don't think your children will through your stuff out. I think they will find it hard to split it up.

    I just love that vintage designer dress pattern. It is so feminine!

  2. Mom you should collect vintage patterns! And I promise that when you die, we won't throw them out. We might sell them on e-bay and make a fortune...just kidding! I would treasure such neat patterns from the past.

    I especially like the blue check apron on the bottom right.

    love ya,

  3. I also love that dress pattern, and the one in the last post - especially the pockets. Thanks for the comment on my blog - I used complimentary cotton/lycra interlock cut in narrow strips (1 inch? - can't remember for sure) applied as binding. The pattern calls for a facing. Yuck!

  4. Ruth,
    We will take a picture and send it to you so that you can post it. Jessica M. loves her aporn. You did a beautiful job on it.

  5. Michele, I'm so glad that Jessica likes the apron. I'm sorry I missed her party! It sounds like it was a lot of fun. If you send the pic, I'll post it here. Ruth

  6. I really like your latest retro patterns.

  7. The apron pattern is made by a pattern maker, Anne Adams. 1920's and 30's some later. I've got the same pattern. Anne Adams and Hollywood patterns are highly collectible. There is a sewing site ya'll might be interested in called Vintage Sewing Info. And another that is really great for access to older vintage patterns: Vintage Pattern Lending Library. The old patterns are getting more difficult to get because many collectors get them and hang onto them. So the lending library is a nice alternative. I've also made copies of the patterns on pattern paper and then resold the original patterns to try and keep them in circulation. Be careful tho, when using these patterns, they are really old and tear easily. They are sized for measurements before the new standard sizing was developed, so Always go by actual measurements. The pattern pieces are also more closely graded to the actual human form, so you will find that sleeve armscye's and necklines will not only be really interesting but will fit better. For example, a sleeve head should slightly slope towards the front, which is missing from most patterns on the market today. Good luck to you! Vintage patterns are really inspiring!

  8. I can't get enough of the retro patterns! Keep them coming...please!

    (Thanks for visiting my blog!)