Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Vintage Vogue

  Everybody's going retro, even sewing pattern companies!

   On a recent trip to Hancock Fabrics I was excited to find vintage sewing patterns for sale! The big names in home sewing have re-released some classic clothing patterns. Very cool. There is Vintage Vogue, McCall's Archive Collection and Retro Butterick, along with Simplicity's Vintage series. You can find these at any fabric store.

Vintage Vogue: 'Original 1951 Design'

Simplicity pattern, 1950s

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Aprons: Simplicity pattern, 1940s

The 1940s is my favorite decade to blog about -- let's go to the microfilm!

'Anne Adams' sewing patterns ads ran in newspapers from the '30s to the '70s, 
including the Charlotte Observer.

These examples from 1945 could be had for 15 or 20 cents through the mail.
(I can think of a lot of problems caused by sending coins through the mail.)

 This one comes with free apron patterns, probably like the ones in the Vintage Vogue photo above.

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  For the younger set

'Laura Wheeler' sewing and craft patterns appear to have run in papers in the
 '30s, 40s and 50s but I'm unable to find much information. Anybody know?


Anonymous said...

Love these, but it's activated my PTSD.

When I was in 7th grade at Cochrane Junior High in 1969, home ec was a required class for girls (boys had to take "shop"). In the home ec class, we had to all make a skirt from the same pattern. Before that assignment, I did not know making your own clothes was even a possibility. I thought everyone bought all their clothes at Belk's basement. So my mother was of zero help with my skirt project. I remember the home ec teacher getting so frustrated at me when it was time to put the zipper in that she grabbed the thing out of my hands and sat down and finished the skirt - all in about 15 minutes!

I never did learn to sew...

Maria David said...

Anon - that is the funniest comment I've ever gotten. Belk's basement, PTSD! Sounds like you survived the turmoil. When I was in 7th grade everybody (boys and girls) took home ec one semester, and shop the other. I made some hideous stained wall sconces. Tx for the comment! -Maria