Vintage Sewing

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January 3, 2008
Hello everyone and Happy New Year!
My name is Laura. I’m 22 years old and been sewing since I was a little girl, mostly for 4-H projects. I haven’t done any serious sewing for a few years since I’ve been in school and not had a lot of free time for sewing.
My grandma, aunts, and my mother left a huge stash of vintage sewing patterns (1950s-70s) in the attic of my house, which I’ve always thought were fun to look at, but I was never actually brave enough to attempt one!

It’s a new year, and one of my goals is to start sewing again, so here we go! I’m going to make some shirts from some of my mom’s patterns from the 70s. (she said they were easy to make) I purchased some corduroy on sale at JoAnn Fabrics that I thought would be appropriate for this style of shirt. Right now, I’m just not sure which shirt I want to make with which fabric. Any input would be appreciated! 🙂

  1. There are two ways of looking at it: The flowered print makes it more difficult to see any flaws in your seams, and makes it tougher to correct mistakes. On the other hand, the flowered print, being more busy, will hide minor flaws in your work that would show in a plainer fabric like the polka dot.

    Got with the flowered fabric for the first one.

  2. I’d go with the flowered corduroy for the Simplicity smock top and use the polka dot for the sportier Butterick pattern. Just remember to use the nap layout! I’m always forgetting that. Both the patterns and the fabric are great.

  3. I’m head over heels in love with that Simplicity pattern- I can’t wait to see your version! I’ll third the suggestion to go floral for Simplicity, and polka dot the Butterick. Lovely stuff!

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