1930s | 1940s | 1950s | 1960s | Vintage Sewing

Announcing the Vintage Suit Sew Along

By on April 8, 2016

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Hello We Sew Retro Sewists,

I have an exciting announcement, it seems to be the season for Sew Alongs! A friend of mine, Amy Jansen Leen from Chica Chica Boom Chic and I have been planning a Vintage Suit Sew Along, and I have all the details on my blog if you would like to join….

We are going to share our progress, tips, inspiration and at the end of the Sew Along we’ll share all your and our makes!

So, who’s in?

Visit my blog, Mermaid’s Purse, for all the details, including how to participate and the time frame.

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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 | 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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1940s | Blouses | Pattern Drafting | Skirts

40s Blouse and skirt

By on January 13, 2013

Hello! It’s been a while since I blogged here for the last time. But I finally finished something to share here!

I made a blouse from Simplicity pattern 3638 view 1. The skirt is a try out. I drafted the pattern myself using Simplicity 4828 as inspiration. I’m not completely satisfied yet, but I still like it and learned a lot of making the skirt. The depth of the pleats could be a bit bigger, I think that way the pleats are falling better.

Here are some pics of me wearing the blouse and skirt:

  And here is the outfit on a dress form, you can see that the back of the skirt has no pleats but a button placket. The buttons are covered with the same fabric as the skirt.

 Well, I hope you like it!

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Vintage Sewing

Learn from my Mistakes!

By on July 6, 2012

I have learned the hard way that you shouldn’t actually CUT your patterns! When I first started teaching myself to sew (thank you Youtube) all the tutorials had you CUT your patterns, so I did too! This went on for years until I messed up cutting the wrong size pattern and I purchased my first uncut vintage pattern.

I thought long and hard about how to remedy the situation of ruining a pattern that has lasted over 50 years and to never cut the incorrect size again. I turned to Youtube and the sewing blogs. They told me to go and get pattern “paper” which I discovered was in the interfacing aisle. I was floored when I saw how much it was and that it was very thick.  I could not figure out how to “trace” the pattern. They said to get one of those pattern wheel doo-hickeys but that pokes holes/dents your pattern and quite honestly, it is a lot of work for this lazy sewer! I sat there pondering thinking, “Surely there is another way!” I called my mother to chat about it- she suggested tracing paper (another costly alternative). Then it hit me (around Christmas time none-the-less) tissue paper! You can buy it for so super-duper cheap and it comes in large sheets.

Why it has taken me this long to come to this point in my sewing journey, you got me. But from that day forward I trace all my patterns, new and old, and store them with my original pattern. The steps are really quite easy! Check them out here: http://kittenscloset55.blogspot.com/

 

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Vintage Sewing

Vintage Patterns in St. George

By on March 6, 2012

I had such a wonderful time with my husband in St. George this weekend.  I got to go to the vintage/consignment/antique/specialty stores.  My husband, on the other hand had to present at a boring conference.  I got the better end of the deal.  I found a stash of lovely vintage patterns from the late 1960s to early 1970s.  Stop by my blog to see the most of the collection.

 

 

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