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Vintage Sewing Patterns

I love reading the Dress A Day blog because I love dresses and Erin highlights many vintage dresses.

This led me to rummaging around in a box of patterns that I had inherited from my Great-grandmother Daisy. In the box, I came across some other patterns, too.

The first pattern I discovered was this McCalls 8170. There was an adult version of it, too, and I made matching dresses for my baby sister (she’s almost 10 years younger than me) and me. I bought the fabric at the fabric outlet where I was working at the time. I was in college, so she must have been in 5th grade.

The next pattern was this Simplicity 8170 from 1969, so I must have been about 8 years old when Grandma Daisy made the coordinating outfits for my sisters and me. I am remembering that we had several of these outfits and wore them all summer long. Looking back, I’m surprised at how much skin we were allowed to show!

The next pattern is this cobblers apron pattern. I don’t remember my grandmothers wearing an apron like this, but the pattern is well used. I do remember that their kitchen (my great-grandmother lived with my grandparents) had a rooster theme and maybe that is why they bought this pattern.

 I mentioned to some friends that I am having trouble finding vintage patterns in my size. And, lo and behold, there are some patterns, like this Simplicity 8602 in my collection in my size. But, I’m kind of weirded out by it because this was a pattern that my Grandma Lois used for dresses for her.

So, am I being totally weirded out for nothing? I mean, young women raid their mother’s and grandmother’s closets for vintage clothes all of the time. Or, is it the realization that I have a figure that is similar to my grandmother’s and all I can think of is the M-word (matronly…*shush*). How can I feel hip and stylish when I’m wearing my grandmother’s clothes???


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  1. If you don’t want to wear your grandmothers sewing patterns – try wearing someone else’s grandmothers sewing patterns! I’ve seen even seen at larger sewing patterns as early as the 1920s and 30. just find a style that works with your body shape.

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