1970s | Buttons | Embroidery | Mens | Shirts | Vintage Sewing

Make Do With Vintage Fabric Folds

By on April 2, 2013

I was at Hawthorne Vintage when I found the blue plaid Pendleton I used for my Peony as well as this more manly 1970’s beige plaid wool. I decided it was high time I created something more inticate (well, not necessarily more intricate, but tailored in a way that I was less accustomed to) and I purchased the Colette Patterns Negroni shirt.

I was also gearing up to make my Sew For Victory dress, which has a button-up bodice. I was nervous to try a shirtwaist dress for the first time using a vintage pattern. As always, the instructions in my Colette Pattern Booklet lead me through this Negroni project with ease and when it came time to make my Doris Dress, it was a breeze! I <3 colette.

Having only just 3 yards of fabric I went ahead and cut it out in size small. As it turns out, small men’s Pendleton shirts are in high demand in PDX. I found a friend who was interested in buying this shirt, even though I didn’t have enough fabric to make full-length sleeves. Yes, it is a bit awkward to have a heavy wool shirt with short sleeves, but as my mother said, “Men usually end up rolling the sleeves up anyway.” I think I did a good job of making due with what I had and gave life back to this bit of old wool, don’t you?

 

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Sew For Victory “Doris” Dress

By on March 26, 2013

I crafted this dress (named after my Great Grandmom) with the help of one of my first Patterns From The Past purchases: McCall 4890 circa 1942!

I was immediately drawn to the military-esque triangular shape of ’40s tops but was unsure how they would look on my very ’50s hourglass figure. I reeeeeally don’t enjoy emphasizing my hips, and had never made a dress that wasn’t uber fitted at the waist.

The Sew For Victory challenge really did inspire me in this way, and I decided to give it a go. I actually LOVE the drape of the loose-fitting waist, especially since I used a light linen. I placed the fitted skirt yoke just high enough on my hips to show that I’m not actually that wide, so I think it did turn out fairly flattering.

For more details on how I made this, check out my blog!

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1960s | 1970s | Vintage Sewing

Mrs. W. W. Hileman’s Treasure Trove

By on February 12, 2013

My mother has seen my love affair with vintage patterns grow ever stronger, and she now thinks of me during her frequent trips to antique shops along the Oregon coast. These small town shops have amazing treasures that are far less picked over than what you’d find in Portland vintage shops, and at far better prices. But she out did herself this weekend by procuring me this box of vintage patterns. What did it cost? Five whole bucks. What?! Yeah… yeah.

I can’t even tell you how excited this box made me. I’ve spent the last two evenings looking through everything and I am just in awe. Pretty much everything belonged to a Mrs. W. W. Hileman of Cottage Grove, Oregon. She had a subscription to The Workbasket and many of the patterns were mail ordered. She folded all of the pattern pieces up, tucked them into the instruction sheet and then tucked that back into the envelope. It makes me feel so ashamed of my file folders of jumbled patterns!


My Mom mentioned that her mother also had a subscription to The Workbasket. She often sees me getting excited about things like ribbon and new handstitches and says, “If only your Grandma Jensen could see what you’re creating. It would make her so happy.” It does pain me terribly that I don’t have much of my Grandma Jensen’s old sewing supplies, and I had just asked my Dad’s mother about her old sewing stuff this past Friday. She told me, “I’ve been downsizing and gave all that stuff away ages ago.” I feel sad that Mrs. W. W. Hileman’s granddaughter doesn’t have this box, but some other lucky ladies hopefully have my grandmothers’ old things and are loving them just as much as I am loving these…

See a full inventory of this treasure trove on my blog. Tell me, would you feel guilty if a box like this came into your possession? Would you feel like you were steeling it from it’s rightful heir, or is it better that I rescued it from the antique shop?

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Pendleton Wool c1950

By on February 4, 2013

If you like wool be sure to visit Portland, OR! Since Pendleton is based in Oregon, you can often find amazing vintage wool at local shops. I found 2+ yeards of two different plaid patterns. The blue is c1950 and the orange is c1970.

I made a Colette Peony Dress out of the blue and simply adore it! You can view more pics on my blog. I’m making a men’s button up out of the other plaid.

I will note that these pretties did not smell so pretty. I had to wash them, then air dry them and let them sit in the garage for a week to fully cleanse them of their musk. But now they’re wonderful! And they only cost $24 apiece 🙂

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