Friday, November 30, 2007

Today I'm blogging about something I've been doing since I was 10 years old. Sewing is a wonderful way to let your creative genius thrive. It's a way to delve into colorways, styles and things that you just can't find in ready to wear.

In the vintage past women were wonderful seamstresses and created some of the most stunning ensembles known to man. My own mom and my dad's great cousin, Angie (seamstress extraordinaire for Bergdorf Goodman) created a stunning evening gown of American Beauty Rose fuchsia brocade. I vividly remember my mom wearing this with a white spiderweb stole (which I have in my possession never to be parted with) and my Dad in his then IBM standard black suit and white shirt with a conservative tie. I was 6 at the time and even though I'm 48 years old now the memory is still vivid.

I spent later years going through home economics class making what was then and probably would be now a nautical print red, white and blue maxi dress with a side slit just past the knee on the side and a white pointy collar and white cuffs with round golden eagle buttons. I also made a red pants suit to wear for graduation night from Poway High School in 1977 as if to say "Look out world! Here I come!"

In the years after I've made everything from evening wear for company parties my husband and I have attended to doll size clothing for my oldest daughter who weighed 4 pounds 12 ounces at birth. I've also made christening and communion outfits for both my daughters and matching leopard hats and coats out of polar fleece for them.

So it makes perfect sense for me to add vintage pattern selling to my store as well.
I was fortunate enough to find a treasure trove of patterns from a seamstress who made many beautiful outfits from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Some are childrens patterns but the majority are womens patters, including a great amount of size 18 1/2and size 20 1/2 patterns for the discerning seamstress! We're working hard to get all of these gems listed so check back often.

My favorite pattern, though is a gem from 1949. So remember when you are hunting for that perfect vintage pattern to set loose your creative energy to check out Born Too Late Vintage.

Vintage 1949 Butterick Pattern 5086
Mandarin Lounging Pajama


Linda at said...

Love that pattern. You really stirred up some memories of my 9th grade home-ec class. I think my project was a mod mini sleeveless a-line dress. Wonder where that dress went to!

M. Annie said...

I love your blog and website. I am 59, and boy! Do I have some great memories. My mother loved clothes and dressed very stylishly. What will the little girls of today remember? I shudder to think.
Keep those memories alive! Thanks for your vintage pattern collection, and I remain hopelessly in love with the dresses of yesteryear, Mary Ann

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