Vintage sewing patterns are back!
I made you another Pinterest board!
When ever I go to Pinterest, my feed is loaded with vintage sewing patterns. I like them because they strike an emotional chord with me. Often, I will see a pattern that is so familiar I am quite sure my mom had it in her collection. So, I made a board of some of the patterns that look particularly familiar and remind me of the days and nights my mom would sit at her sewing machine creating a fashionable dress, blouse or skirt.
Like me, she wasn't much of a quilter. But being the entrepreneurial spirit she was, she did make a load of Raggedy Ann and Andy Dolls which she sold at a local gift store. She couldn't find a basic red and white stripe for the legs so she added a little patriotic flair to Ann. She could always make due with what was available. I happened to be the lucky recipient of one of these treasured dolls. I still have her and the pattern she used to make them.
These are the most treasured memories-watching her completely in her element, crafting something wonderful. This is a photo of her in her New's Year's Eve gown some time in the early 70's. She worked on this velvety dress right down to the wire and she didn't eat much for days fearing that it wouldn't fit. But it fit her slim figure perfectly. I was sure she would be the most stunning lady at the party.
She also made dresses for my sisters and me. Here we all are in our lovely calico cotton skirts and puffy blouses. I remember the waist was really tight-some things never change. It's hard to see the details of the garments but I think our delight in wearing matching dresses is still clear.
I hope these images spark a little inspiration in you to do some sewing. Go rummaging through your moms old patterns and reinvent an old classic or go buy a new vintage inspired pattern. Maybe you want to start with a simple A-line skirt-Pinterest has thousands of ideas for you-just make a start!