Archive for the ‘Vintage’ Category

Needlecraft Magazines
January 9, 2013


The current issue of “Piecework” magazine has an article on “Needlecraft the Magazine of Home Arts”. I have 7 issues dated between 1928 and 1935 that I picked up in the 1980’s at an antique mall in Indianapolis. They had lots of these magazines, but I only bought ones with crochet patterns I liked. The shop owner said they were mostly being sold to people who wanted to cut them up for the Campbell soup ads. Many of the issues were probably lost. Now I wish I had bought more. At that time we were just married and money was tight. I remember spending quite a bit of time going through them all over and over and deciding on which ones I could use and afford.

The Piecework article mentions the Greek girl and Turkish boy photos but didn’t include the photos. So here they are. There was some controversy of putting the two photos on the same page since the countries were currently at war.


I did make up one pattern. Here is the article and the collar I crocheted in size 100 thread. It was my first real thread crochet project and some of the leaves are twisted at the base. I remember that bothering me, now not so much. I think the blocking may have helped hide the twists.


Wishing everyone a Wonderful and Creative week!


Art Deco Fashion Book
January 2, 2013


This is a lovely book of drawings of 1920’s fashion. I bought this book last year at the Samuel French bookstore on Ventura Boulevard. Rick and I stop there when we are in the neighborhood. The store is a wonderful resource for books relating to theatre and film. I fell in love with this book. It has 8 to 12 little black and white drawings on at least 100 of the 408 pages. That is a lot of inspiration. There are many color pages too. This book will be big help in deciding where to place embroidery designs, such as the black rose from a previous post, on a garment. The photo above is labeled with the ISBN 9789054961352 to help with finding it online. I found a few books for a reasonable price doing a google search, but like all out of print books, some prices are exorbitant. I paid the list price, I wouldn’t recommend paying more.

Here are a few pages that I particularly like. I want to make the scalloped collar on the right and have been thinking of ways of doing the contrast edging easily. It might have to be trim, since binding scallops is not easy.


I like the hem below. This has the scallops following the embroidery.


Having the embroidery peek out on an under dress is nice too.


Many of the photos I took were really blurry. So this is all I have to share right now. I do need to stop looking at books and actually make something. That will be my resolution for this year.

Best wishes for your health and happiness in 2013.

Snake Buckle
August 23, 2009

Straightening out my button box, I found this old belt buckle. I think it was from my grandmother. I found lots of little remembrances. It was nice strolling down memory lane this morning.


The Apron
July 15, 2009

Visions of Donna Reed floated in my head as I sewed this apron from a 1950 re-released Simplicity pattern. When I looked in the mirror I saw Aunt Bea. What a reality check. It is still a cute apron; I am sure Clara would be jealous. The detail photo shows the brown bias trim that finishes all the seams and edges. I liked the fabric which of course I bought on sale. We would save so much money if there weren’t so many fabric sales. I bought a yard and a half to have the length I needed and was able to squeeze out four additional squares to make the matching pot holders. I didn’t know how to set up a better photograph and still show the shape of this apron other than putting it on the dress form. I have another apron to show tomorrow, I’ll work on finding a more artistic way to photograph that one.



April 6, 2009

Here is how knitted lace was sewn onto petticoats in the 1890’s. This petticoat is made in the traditional way with two gathered layers from the knees down. As you can see the under layer has another ruffle added to its bottom. The tucking adds lots of body to the top ruffle. Both ruffles finish at the same length. The top of the petticoat is done in a five gore style with the center front panel flat while the side fronts and backs are gathered. It has a 25 inch waist and is made for a woman about 5’6″ tall, my height. The petticoat is in fairly good shape with only a few tears at the top. Each piece of lace is exactly 3 1/2 yards long. So there is almost twice the length of lace in this petticoat than the pieces I posted yesterday. That may explain why there is no hemstitching on each side of the the knitted lace as was in the other piece. Each loop of lace is hand stitched in place. So there is plenty of work in this petticoat without the additional hemstitching.