But I do have something interesting to show you. A couple weeks ago, I acquired close to 100 vintage sewing patterns from my friend Alicia. She was doing a big clean-out, and after setting aside the patterns she wanted to keep, offered me the rest at a deep discount. Naturally, I took the lot!
When I was at her house going through them, one pattern in particular really grabbed my attention:
And you may wonder why, as it's not a particularly earth-shaking design. Here's why:
This Kwik Sew pattern from 1972 originated from a shop literally around the corner from the house where I grew up! Now, in 1972 I was 8 years old, so sewing wasn't on my radar yet. (I think I probably started sewing around 1976.) I didn't remember this shop, but I knew exactly where it was. (The original building is no longer there.) I emailed the picture to my mom, and we had a good time reminiscing about that area and yarn and fabric shops and sewing and knitting. It was such a fun surprise to find this pattern in amongst all the patterns Alicia had bought through Ebay!
Most of the patterns I got are from the 60s and 70s, but there are a couple that go back as far as the 40s. I'm thinking I may feature some of them in future posts when I don't have anything else to show, LOL! And there are some patterns from companies I'd never heard of, which I thought was pretty cool.
Two of the patterns really spoke to me. They said, "Make me soon!" I know it's probably all wrong for me and completely impractical, but I'm head over heels in love with this dress:
The other one is a little dress and jacket ensemble. I keep thinking about this type of outfit this spring! The jacket on this one is meant to be reversible. I'm not really sure how I feel about that, to tell you the truth.
Both of these patterns are from 1966, and to my good fortune, they are both cut but complete.
Even though there are a lot of patterns in this haul that I would consider making, for me vintage patterns are really more about the art, and having a little piece of history. I absolutely love it when a pattern has a stamp from the shop, or hand-written notes. Do you guys like vintage patterns? Do you view them as artifacts, or as practical items?
And what kind of bra would I wear under that open-backed dress?