Friday, October 31, 2014

Vintage Apron Patterns

Apron pattern are some of favorites.  These are some of mine:

These are two of my favorites.  I love the style of the aprons and their 1940's hairdos.
I haven't made either of these.They are the old type of pattern with perforations and no markings.
I haven't been brave enough to tackle them yet!
These are mail order patterns from the 1950's.
I love all the different pocket variations on these!

I've made two aprons from this "flirty skirty" pattern (1/2 apron and full apron).  
They turned out really cute.

What are your favorite apron patterns?  
Do you prefer vintage or new?
Do you sew with your apron patterns or just collect them?

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Step by Step Instructions on How to Alter a Sewing Pattern

Vintage Pattern Marketplace: How to Alter a Sewing Pattern: Pattern Alteration - Download Here 1960's USDA Extension publication with instructions for altering patterns. A great resource when ...

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Free Pattern - Easy To Make Small Felt Purse...

Sew up this simple little purse in a jiffy!  

Vintage Pattern Marketplace: Free Pattern Friday - Easy To Make Felt Coin Purse...: Easy To Sew Coin Purse from Workbasket September 1955 It could be a coin purse. It could be a tissue holder or a pretty holder for perso...

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Fun Play Clothes for Women 1961

I found a great mail order catalog in a bag of patterns I recently purchased.
Here are a few pages that are perfect for Summer!
Play outfits, culottes, swimsuits and coveralls. 

 Aren't these fun? 
I especially like the swimsuits!
And although you can't mail order these fun fashions any longer...
You can always sew up a few with a vintage pattern.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Vintage Pattern Marketplace: Free Pattern Friday - Bushel Basket Liner

Line your vintage bushel basket with this fun free pattern!
Vintage Pattern Marketplace: Free Pattern Friday - Bushel Basket Liner: Download this easy to follow instruction sheet to make a lining for a bushel basket. The bushel basket, made of pine or oak slats, use...

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

I Wish I Were Stitching!!

Instead I've been listing patterns, grocery shopping, doing laundry and
getting ready for this weekend's yard sale.
Oh well, maybe I'll get to sew tomorrow.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Vintage Sewing Notions Grab Bag

I purchased a grab bag of vintage sewing notions at the thrift store.
Most of the notions are from the 30s or 40s,
here are the most interesting ones.
And a hidden treasure. . . 

(click on any of the pictures to enlarge for a better view)

 Clair's Hem Facing with matching thread, Bondex hot iron mending tape

 Press On Scuffs for pant cuffs (far left).
2 Talon "slide fasteners" (before they were called zippers)  in unopened packages.
Talon paper insert that would have come with a zipper (3rd from left).

The "Skuffs" were to prevent wear to your trouser cuffs. They feel like heavy flannel. 
They were meant to be ironed on to the wrong side of your pants at the cuff edge where they would rub against the heel of your shoe. 
See pic below.

Taffeta Seam Binding, I love the graphics!

Below is a pic of the back of the zippers.
But the best part was when I unfolded the zipper pamphlet:

To a patternista like me it was the best thing in the bag!!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Sew Vintage Patterns! The June Pattern Link Party has Started!

The June vintage pattern link party has started.
Add your pattern to the list or shop for great vintage patterns.
Sew something fun for Summer! 

Monday, May 19, 2014

What I Made with a Vintage Pattern

 McCall 1549 18" doll pattern, copyright 1950

I have a cute 1950s baby doll that needs a new dress before I can sell her.

I looked thru my vintage doll patterns and found this one.
Mine is missing the pajama pattern but that's okay because I'll be making the dress and bonnet.

I used lace instead of bias tape around the bonnet edge 
and satin ribbon for the drawstring ties in the bonnet and dress.
I also lengthened the dress and replaced the embroidered elephants with lace trim.

I opted to make pantaloons of white organdy instead of panties as the doll has a cloth body 
and I didn't want the cloth part of her legs to show.

Since she didn't have shoes I created a pattern 
and sewed a little pair of pink felt shoes that tie with a satin ribbon bow.

Here she is in her new outfit!

I'm really happy with the way she turned out. 

Friday, April 18, 2014

How to Make a Hankie Apron Tutorial

For this project you will need 3 hankies of similar
size that look nice together.

One will be used for the body of the apron.

One will be cut diagonally and used for the sides.

Another will be cut in half and used to make a ruffle across the bottom of the apron.

I chose all white. Originally the seamstress would have used matching hankies. At the time they were readily available in any store. But since it's not easy to come across matching hankies just find 3 that you like together and are of similar size.

Arrange the hankies and decide which ones you want to use for the body, sides and ruffle.

I used a rotary cutter to cut the hankies as shown below.

Cut one diagonally for sides.

Cut one straight across the middle to make the ruffle.


If the sides are cut from a hankie that is smaller than the body hankie (like the one I used).

Center and pin sides to body right sides together.
Straight stitch leaving a 1/4" seam allowance. Finish raw edges to avoid fraying. I used  a simple zig-zag stitch for finishing but you can use whatever you want to.

There may be protruding ends where the sides are a little longer than the body. Clip these off so that the apron is even across the top and bottom.

Press seams toward body of apron.

Stitch the two pieces that you cut for the ruffle together to form a long strip (right sides together, 1/4" seam allowance).

Using a basting stitch sew 1/4" in from cut edge. Pull threads to gather. Matching center fronts pin ruffle to apron right sides together.

Stitch using 1/3" seam allowance. Finish raw edge. Press apron.


If the sides are cut from a hankie the same size as the one forming the body, follow instructions to attach the ruffle BEFORE pinning the sides to body. Follow instructions above for attaching ruffle. Then pin apron sides to apron body lining everything up at the bottom. Sew side seams.   

Attach ribbon, lace or bias tape to the apron top to form waistband and apron ties.

And you're done!!


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

1940s Sewing Pattern Collage

 A fun freebie from me to you!
Printable Collage Sheet

Use this image for personal use only.  
Please do not reproduce and sell this image in digital or printed format. 

 For best results, when printing choose to have image sized to 8.5" x 11" paper.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

1940s "Bow and Flower" Embellishment for Clothing

Add this crocheted "bow and flower" embellishment to a 1940s style blouse or dress. 
From a 1940s WorkBasket Pamphlet
See instructions below.