1950s | 1960s | Pattern Catalogs | Vintage Sewing

Sharing my vintage pattern magazine stash

By on October 13, 2015

Hello everyone!

This is just a short note that might be of some interest to you if you’re up for some vintage eyecandy. For the last few months I’ve been steadily scanning and sharing my vintage pattern magazines. I’m going through my ever-growing stash of 1950s and 1960s now, some 1970s and more interesting 1980s items will come on later.

I upload them to my blog weekly, on Tuesdays, in a series I call Vintage Tuesday. All of them are full scans in good resolution, all yours for the watching. Here are some of the prettier illustrations, just to make your appetites bigger.

You can also check out the collection on my Issuu account.

Thanks for reading!

Klara from The Robot That Had a Heart

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1960s | Coats | Pattern Catalogs

Marfy Patterns

By on October 21, 2014

Has anyone here ever sewn a Marfy pattern?  I found them via Butterick and am in LOVE.  I am, however, a bit intimidated by them.  There are apparently no instructions, and they don’t have seam or hem allowances.  They are pre-cut and single-sized.  I really want to try, but don’t want to waste money on fabric or the pattern and end up failing like I did with the German coat of doom.

Here is a picture of the pattern I want to get: F3472, Marfy Coat

I really want to make a winter coat this winter, one that I can wear with a petticoat and 50s dress.  This is the best pattern I have found so far.  But it scares me!  The only reviews of Marfy patterns I can find are of blouses, which would be a lot easier than a coat.

Thoughts?  Suggestions?  Help, please!  I’m in love with this coat and just can’t stand it!

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1980s | Pattern Catalogs | Pattern Drafting | Vintage Sewing

Lutterloh find

By on September 30, 2012

 

I was browsing the local Goodwill in the craft section when I happened upon a box that caught my eye. I had heard about the Lutterloh system many years ago and had forgotten about it, but the box was intriguing. I looked inside and saw all the lovely illustrations for patterns but I didn’t know if I wanted to fool with it. I put it down, then picked it back up, what the heck, it was only $3.99. Well, I am glad I purchased it. I can’t wait to make some of the lovely items from the book. It is dated 1984, so it’s not that old but still somewhat retro,hmmmm? I have also been inspired by those of you who have made some great items from a Lutterloh pattern, thanks for sharing!

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1950s | Pattern Catalogs | Skirts | Vintage Sewing

A gift from Granny…

By on May 13, 2012

Wanted to share this Singer reference book my Grandma gave me recently.  Published in 1955 this book only cost 95 cents.   My Granny would of been around my age, 35, at the time she was learning from this book.

Singer Sewing Skills Reference book

I can’t wait to go through this book.   It discusses a little bit of everything and a lot of things I’ve never heard of.  Adjustable hemmer , zipper closures and everything in between.

I myself need to pay particular attention to this section…my posture is horrible…

Sit up straight my dears!

There are 6 sewing lessons in this book and each lesson has a little packet of scrap fabric to practice on.

  • Lesson 1 – Sewing Machine Principles
  • Lesson 2 – Stitching Methods and Fashion Details
  • Lesson 3 – Sewing Machine Attachments
  • Lesson 4 – Fashion Stitches
  • Lesson 5 – Zipper Closures
  • Lesson 6 – Hems and Hem Finishes

I love my Grandma’s cute little notes various places in the book and each of the lesson packets still has the fabric she practiced on.

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is so precious to me and something I will cherish forever!

 

I also wanted to share a brand new skirt I just made for myself that I am so super pleased about!  My Granny will be pleased as well.   Simplicity 2226, it’s not a vintage pattern but the polka dots give it vintage flare don’t cha’ think!?!?

You can see more pics of it on my blog here.

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