11.03.2010

vintage finds wednesday...

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Look at these charming vintage patterns I picked up for a quarter at the thrift over the weekend...


I have a friend who sometimes makes her daughter clothes so I thought these might be right up her alley.    I love the look of vintage patterns.  If you recall, I have some framed in my daughter's bedroom.  I've been thinking about framing a few more for my end of the master closet.  I mean how great are these...





I would totally wear almost any of those outfits.  The great thing is I have many to choose from...


I bought the whole box a few years ago at an estate sale.  Think it was about $5 for the lot.  Wouldn't it be great if I knew how to sew?!

Can you sew?

26 comments:

Krystal said...

how fun!! I remember picking out patterns when I was a little girl for my grandma to make :)

Diana Mieczan said...

Those are wonderful. There is always something so special about vintage patterns:) You lucky girl for having a whole box of them:)
Kisses,sweetie

Ps: I am hosting a sweet GIVEAWAY later on today! Please, join in!

Kellie Collis said...

Wow! These are beautiful magazines. It is definitely clever of you to put them in frames. Because I can almost see how gorgeous they look in them especially that you mentioned you put them in the wardrobe. Just fabulous! Kellie xx

willow said...

Oh, gosh, this brings back memories. I used to make all my clothes in high school. It was so much fun to choose the pattern and the fabric.

Maria said...

I love the illustrations on the front of the patterns! They always look like mock-ups for Vogue! Much more elegant than the way they are done today!

I can sew if called upon - "enough" to make and repair the things that are required of me - you know with all the costuming and pretend play that goes on in this house. In fact, I fashioned quite a great tent before 8am this very morning. Breakfast is being eaten in it as I type. But of course, no sewing was required for that venture :-D

Should the need ever arise -I can follow a pattern pretty well - made my own dress one year for something in high school.

But, I marvel at those whom are more of the professional persuasion! Understanding fabrics and bias and stitching styles......Wow!

And J, I an confident that you could do it without much effort.

bronwyn said...

I can't sew but I really really wish I could. I would love to make clothes for Abby. I love vintage patterns too.

Nicole said...

I can do basic sewing. My mom however, that was part of her major in college :). And you find the best deals, seriously!

Jude said...

Oh gosh, I can't sew to save my life, but adore looking at vintage patterns too - something about seeing what the gals back then wore...:) And just too too amazing you found that entire box - what treasure! (I love how you framed the ones in your daughter's room). Btw, I can *finally* follow you now!! (Thanks to the computer doctor :)).

Megan (Best of Fates) said...

Don't worry - you don't need to know how with a pattern, just go for it!

(At least, that's always my choice. Though it actually often ends in tragedy. So maybe not a great way to go.)

Teenage Bride said...

oh my I love the skirts and the long dresses! great finds!

abigail said...

so cool!
Sewing is not hard, you should give it a go!

kroney said...

Yes, I can sew. Years ago I sewed and sewed!!! I have a Singer machine including all of the attachments, I bought it in the '70's from a friend of a friend, it was 25 years old then! I made clothes for myself and J, Halloween costumes, drapes, pillow covers, bathroom swags, bed skirts and even re-upholstered couch cushions. My machine sits in a closet and I use it once in a while to repair something but I have retired from dressmaking etc.

Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

Wow these are so fun!

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

haha, jeanette, it's those small details we overlook. I think they will be beautiful framed. Those tunic patterns are so swanky!!

MJM said...

I can do buttons! Does that count?

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I use the old patterns as tissue to wrap packages, etc.

Love, love, love!

Andrew H. said...

I've seen my wife make pillows so I know she can sew. However, if she takes on one more project I will be calling family and friends for an intervention... :-)

pamela said...

well, i have a lot of mending planned to do today. i did make an apron for my daughter to wear as alice in wonderland. wish i could REALLY sew professionally like my aunt! she is amazing. my mom is pretty darn good, too. glad my mom forced me to learn what little i do know.
fun patterns!

the chirpy bird said...

Oh i love this... reminds me of my mum... she has a room full of vintage pattens!
xox tash

The Weaver of Grass said...

Your last but one line made me laugh out loud! I too am seduced by old things like patterns - love the idea of framing some of them on the wall of my sewing room.

sarah said...

can i sew?! it sounds like a question i would be tackling in therapy! my poor daughters are 6th generation sewers... well they call themselves "seamtress" which i think is so attractive like a "princess" anything you do put an "ess" at the end and it's glamorous! i appriciated AH's comment! i haved lived my life among piles of projects...! ocd anyone?... blessings...s...

Kristin said...

I WISH I knew how to sew. It's on my endless to do list. HA!

Beatnheart said...

Hello! whew...22comments what a popular girl you are becoming! I love old patterns too. You could take a sewing class at the local college or whatever...Just like in the days when these patterns were new. I have some of my “original” patterns...peaseant blouse pattern that I thought I was being so creative with by making it longer for a “granny dress” or raising the waist for “empire style”. Not alot of clothes choices or money back in the day. I still have a cute Betsy Johnson pattern. she was my idol. all the best to you...weather getting cooler? we have 94 degrees today....Yikes!

Silver Strands said...

You are SO funny Jeanette! Where do you put all of your Incredible vintage finds? Are you one of those people who can make something look like it always belonged in your houwpse, and your house never looks crowded? My sister is like that ... I'd love a peek at your home!
Xoxoxox
Denalee

Fire Byrd said...

Oh this takes me back to the horrors of school needlework.The sewing machine used to terrify me,still does actually . Although now i can sew by hand very well.
x

La Dolfina said...

OMG, I remember sewing from these patterns in the 70's. Boy do they bring back the memories!