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a collection of vintage sewing patterns

sewing patterns 1942- todaySewing patterns are one thing I feel no shame in collecting or hoarding, depending on your point of view. It’s kind of like collecting books, creating a pattern library in an admirable, archivist kind of way. -sigh- I could look through them all day. Oh the history of fashion and unlike a picture on Pinterest, all the tools to make the clothes again are right there, in your hands. Here are a few beauties from my collection of vintage sewing patterns:

1960's American Weekly dress patternIt’s no wonder this was a popular pattern back in the day, with a promise of the tiny waist size pictured, who could resist this pattern?
1960's dress and hat patternA style that’s a bit more forgiving in the waist-size department. I’ve been annoyed to find no dates of publication on any of the vintage Vogue patterns- your guess is a good as mine. But thanks to Mad Men, and the dated and very similar McCall’s pattern below, I’m putting this one at 1963.

1961 vintage dress and hat patternLove everything about this one- and the heat transfer page, with the fruits and flowers all ready to do their thing with a little bit of heat.
heat transfer pattern pageThe heat transfer page is kind of like a treasure map you have to decode in the mirror or with an iron.

1965 mens bathing suit patternMen’s bathing suit and jacket pattern from 1965. Love the possibilities- pocket or no, stripes or plaid, sunglasses on or off (mostly off).

bathing suit pattern 1963Swimming suit pattern, from 1963, with all the extras- shirt, scarf and top AND trimmed in rick rack. So glad the high waisted swimming suit bottoms are making an appearance again.
bathing suit 1963 pattern back

Next, I’ll show off some great Halloween costume patterns- or what can now be considered a ‘costume’… perhaps a little something from the 70’s and 80’s.  For a few more vintage sewing patterns look here.

vintage picture books

While procrastinating my duties, I stumbled into CEDOK bookstore, an online Japanese store, (I think- I don’t speak or read Japanese) and found all of these delightful illustrations in children’s picture books from 1960 – 1990’s. I couldn’t help but waste extraordinary amounts of time browsing the images.

They call to mind the books of publisher Harlin Quist an avant-garde publisher in America (1966 – 1984) who published over 60 children’s books featuring some of the finest American and European artists and illustrators. Mention of the name can bring me to tears with visual memories flooding back remembering the images of favorite books of my own childhood, Millicent the Monster being first on the list.
So, let the vintage or from-my-childhood-era reward be yours as well, I’ll show off some of the favorite illustrations I found today. I’m not sure what language is on the pages (do share if you know) and who’s the illustrator or the author, so I jotted down what info I could decipher.

Ze zahradky do zahradky, 1989, Jiri Kahoun


Postcards


Domecek z kostekj, 1961, Ela Perociova, Gabriela Dubska


Tajny lodni denik, 1966, Ladiskav Dvorsky, Jan Schmid


Sroubek v cirkuse, 1963, Marcello Argilli, Vladimir Fuka


Svetlusky, 1996, Jan Marsicek, Eva Frantova


Pahadoky pro obe usi, 1978

Nevyplazuj jazyk na Ivan, 1986, Daniel Hevier, Kveta Pacovska

Karlicka a bily konik, 1968, illustrated by Branka Jurcova, Kveta Pacovska