Monday, August 3, 2015

More patterns.................

I finished going through all of my patterns, tossed a few, some will go out for the garage sale, but there were a few I couldn't part with.  On the left is the first skirt I made at home after learning to sew in the 1954-55 home ec. class my freshman year.  I used our treadle machine and made the view with the ruffle out of a red print.  This pattern preceded printed patterns.  There were just series of holes punched in the tissue for identification.  The western shirt pattern was used many times for shirts for my dad.  It is from 1956.  On the right is my wedding dress pattern.

28 comments:

Sewing Junkie said...

I have several old ones also. My Mother had a swing coat pattern that was from the Advance pattern co. She made it several times and loved the coat. Moving as much as we have I purged a lot of things over the years. Chris

Sharon W. said...

I was a sophomore in that year, and remember well those "holey" patterns. MY first "real" home-ec project was an apron, but I remember learning to sew a straight seam by running lined notebook paper under an unthreaded needle. And yes, it was a treadle machine. I think of that when I face my beloved Bernina!!!!

Debbie said...

Love your wedding dress pattern....beautiful. Those tissue patterns carry a lot of history for us to remember. My daughter has boxes of clothing styles that she has collected.

troy and christina said...

These old patterns are great! Would you be willing to share a picture of you in the wedding dress? It looks gorgeous.

Mary said...

I can see why these three are special.

Robyn said...

I have your wedding dress pattern too! I made a dress from for a Teachers' College ball. I have a Lott of patterns from my Aunt (who would now be 106) from the 1930s and 1940s. Keep something long enough............ Cheers, Robyn, Australia

a Matula ikrek said...

Of course, you should keep these precious pieces! :)

May we see a picture of your bridal outfit? :)

Gene Black said...

I wish I could find a couple of the first patterns I sewed after learning how in school. One was a Dashiki shirt that I think would work great with the fabric I weave now.

MontyBear said...

Sewing and typing were 2 invaluable skills I learned in school. I have now taught for 45 years and throughout the years have watched home ec eliminated. Think of how valuable knowing how to sew was to all of us; think of the hours of enjoyment from creating something from fabric.

Vicki said...

Have you seen this cute tutorial (not mine) for copying a vintage envelope onto printable fabric and making a zipper bag? Those would be so perfect! http://so-sew-easy.com/vintage-envelope-zipper-pouch-print-your-own-fabric/ :)

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

love your old patterns and to still have the pattern for your wedding dress! how nice. I to wish they still taught how to sew in home ec class, my older sisters and I all had home ec class and loved it - my youngest sister that came 13 years after I never had that class.

Christine said...

waist 25 1/2" -- hah! those were the days!

Anonymous said...

Before you toss the patterns take out the tissue paper pattern part. I use the the tissue pattern as you would use any store bought tissue paper when wrapping gifts. It is a great to recycle and quilty friends find it fun to have their gifts wrapped in pattern paper. And of course it is free! Miriam in Texas

Marie said...

My goodness, what a snapshot in just three patterns. So special.

Bethy A said...

Hi
I think your wedding dress and mine were the same pattern or very similar - mine had a slight V neck and I appliqued lace motifs all down the front and around the hem.
I have several of the old patterns too - I think the same apron as you showed. Are we hoarders or what???
Beth

donaleen said...

I can see why you want to keep them. I still have most of mine (except for the ones I foolishly loaned).

GO STARS! said...

Those are treasures. I cleaned out patterns a while back and so wish I had kept some of them. They bring back such memories.

Needled Mom said...

Still .... That small waist! Those are great patterns.

Hedy Hahn said...

When I visit thrift stores, I always look at the old patterns. I don't blame you for keeping these, they are lovely.

Cathi said...

Oh, my - that wedding dress must have been absolutely stunning. Love that design!

Quiltdivajulie said...

Definitely worth keeping!!!!!

Mystic Quilter said...

Well you just couldn't let those go with all the memories!

Jenny said...

They are very special indeed. Just seeing them makes we wish I had kept some of my old patterns over the years. I sewed for my children when they were little - and of course made dresses for myself as a teenager. All a long time ago now.

Sew Surprising said...

Love patterns that bring memories, Id be inclined to put these in frames, art on the wall with history, perfect combination :)

judith lockhart said...

Oh my, you must have been quite a seamstress even in the fifties to make your own wedding dress and clothes!! Of course you still are, but with quilts! I started sewing clothes myself when I was 12 but not my wedding dress! Thanks for sharing!

Kathleen Barden said...

I have a really cute "brown lunch bag" size bag made from five laminated old Simplicity and McCall's pattern envelopes. The cost printed on the patterns is $.50, $.60 and $.65. (The two side pieces are smaller and the prices are cut off.) And the sizes 12 w/32 bust and size 14 w/34 bust. One is stamped with July 16, 1962. That would have been three days before I turned 18, and I took at size 7/8 petite. I can only dream....
It is fun to have and look at but I don't use it very often as I am afraid it isn't very durible even though the pattern bags have been laminated and the edges are pinked.

EYSchmitt said...

My second cousin has used older vintage patterns like these as wall art and they look amazing!

pbj fiber marietta said...

Great patterns and great memories! Look at the prices compared to today. I wait for Jo-Ann's to have a sale on them!