Mail Order Patterns

I made this jacket using a pattern released in 1962 by the Spadea company. From my research, it appears to be the only officially licensed Chanel jacket pattern ever released, and it was drafted directly from a retail Chanel jacket, that was sold in the US by the Suzy Perette company. I loved the 60s [...]

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Hey there We Sew Retro community.  I had a fabulous time at The Auckland Vintage Textile Fair, I pick up some lovely sewing patterns a pair of gloves and I came across some mail order ‘cut out dress’ packages, complete in their original packages. This one with lilac fabric is a ‘Woman and Home’ cut-out [...]

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You might have already seen this if you are following my blog as I wrote about this dress on there last week. I am currently working my way through my so far unused pattern stash and this pattern caught my eye. The unusual front flappy button detail got me interested in making a version of [...]

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Greetings vintage enamoured kindreds, I was well pleased to (literally) stumble upon this most excellent blog and after a short perusal was grinning broadly. Knowing there is a significant community of vintage sewing addicts is a wonderful discovery. This being my first post, perhaps I ought give a description of myself: I’m a fervent DIY [...]

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Hi all! I just got back from my favorite fabric and pattern dive. I almost squeeled when I saw this pattern. It was marked as a 1940s vintage pattern but I shake my fist at that. It’s 30s if its a day. Anyway, it’s for a 30 inch bust which usually fits me so I [...]

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Sometimes there is a perfect marriage of pattern and fabric. That’s what happened with this little gem. I only got to wear it a few times before the weather got too chilly. This was a great learning experience for me. Since the fabric was almost sheer I did my first underlining. I treated the two [...]

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I finally finished up this great little dress. It’s a mail order pattern from the mid to late 40s. The fabric is a soft and silky cotton from my newly inherited monster stash. I had just enough to eek out this dress. The only thing I ended up changing was to shorten the hem by [...]

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I don’t grade patterns as a general rule. If I can just add a bit to the side or take in a bit at a center I won’t mess with it much. That being said I really love this pattern. Love. Unfortunately it’s a size small and it’s yoked so I have no idea how [...]

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I wanted to share my latest dress with you… This is another easy to put together, beautifully fitting, all round fabulous, mail order dress from the 1960s.  I am in love with these patterns – size 14 1/2 – totally stress free!  I used op shop vintage 36 inch wide fabric – cotton blend I [...]

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Greetings! My first post on the new site is my most recently completed project: a 1940s Mail Order pattern. It was very simple to put together, I only really glanced at the instructions and it was finished in a weekend. It did take me a bit to figure out the bodice piece though – it’s only one piece [...]

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