Monday, December 28, 2015

New Year Party!!

With the New Year fast approaching, I thought we might look at some fun party, cocktail, and evening dresses through the ages!!  You really can't be too well dressed when you ring in the New Year.  Right? :)  Want to see how ladies have celebrated through the years?  Yes?


Let's get started:

The 1930s

Dreamlike 1930s
The 1930s featured a lot of puffed shoulders and random shirring.

1.)  Hollywood 1160 @ Fancywork
2.)  McCall 3406 @ DRC Rose Patterns
3.)  New York 966 @ Grey Dog Vintage
4.)  Simplicity 3128 @ She'll Make You Flip


The 1940s

Chic 1940s

The 1940s were all about asymmetry, as you can see by just these 4 choices from our team!

1.)  Simplicity 2094 @ Sydcam 123
2.)  McCall 7142 @ DRC Rose Patterns
3.)  McCall 6598 @ Redcurlz's
4.)  McCall 7604 @  So Vintage on Etsy


The 1950s

Stunning 1950s
These stunningly sexy 1950s dresses would be sure to knock 'em dead at any party!

1.)  Simplicity 1833 @ Floradora Presents
2.)  McCall's 3297 @ People Packages
3.)  McCall's 3992 @ So Vintage on Etsy
4.)  Vogue 4977 @ Vintage Needle Finds


The 1960s

Dramatic 1960s
No less dramatic are these dresses from the 1960s... Who wouldn't want one?

1.)  Simplicity 5703 @ Fragolina
2.)  Vogue 5480 @ Selvedge Shop
3.)  Weigels 2502 @ Sew As It Was Patterns
4.)  Simplicity 3717 @ Bluetree Sewing Studio


The 1970s

Comfortable 1970s
The 1970s were about being comfortable while still looking great!  You could dance the night away under that disco ball in these!

1.)  Butterick 6700 @ Grandma Made With Love
2.)  Vogue 1318 @ Cloe's Closet
3.)  Vogue 9063 @ Mbchills
4.)  McCall's 3396 @Erika With A K


The 1980s

Over-the-Top 80s

Big glamour was back in a big way in the 80s.  A proliferation of bows, ruffles, gathers, crinolines and asymmetry were again back in style.  Everything feminine in the last 50 years of fashion got thrown together into a whole new style!

1.)  Simplicity 8309 @ Retroactive Future
2.)  Vogue 9893 @ Fragolina
3.)  Vogue 1623 @ Clutterina's Shop
4.)  Simplicity 7842 @ Vogue Vixens


Is everybody ready to ring in the New Year, now?

What will you be wearing?  I'll probably be wearing an ugly Christmas sweater and lounge pants, to be honest, but maybe one day I'll go to a party chic enough to wear one of these! :)

Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Monday, December 21, 2015

Looks from Advance, December 1937

Advance Patterns: December 1937

The holidays are upon us, and as a little treat... here's some looks from Advance from December 1937 for your stocking!  I hope you will enjoy this look at these rare patterns from the past.

Advance 1921, Advance 1929
On the cover we have these sharp and very military looks!  Maybe a little odd for Christmas time?  

Advance 1919

Here Advance touts their patterns for every occasion, from business to frilly, and features an interesting frock in Advance 1919 with what looks like starfish on the bottom.

Advance 1917; 1920; 1926; 1918

How about these stunning numbers?  Pretty elegant, and really classy!

Advance 1928; 1934; 1924

The long jacket is an interesting look, don't you think?

Advance 1924; 1932; 1933; 1930

Wow, these super-fitted dresses with all that ruching are really neato.

Advance 1150; 1617; 1419; 2011

"Last minute Christmas gifts, easily made!"  ... they seem to have more confidence in my last minute sewing abilities than I do. :)  Very sweet little girls' dress and coat, don't you think?  Not for a girl but for her dolly!  Oh, any doll would just love it.

Advance 1916; 1931; 1923; 1927; 1925

A lovely selection of dresses for girls and young ladies!

Advance 1922; 1921; 1929
On the back cover we have more businesslike looks and see that this brochure was from Mullen's in Nashua, N.H.


I hope you enjoyed this look at December 1937!  Here are some 1930s Advance patterns from team members.  Please check them out!

Row 1:) 
Advance 1804; Denisecraft, Advance 1154; Vintage Needle Finds, Advance 2496; Bluetree Sewing Studio
Row 2:) 
Advance 967; DRC Rose Patterns, Advance 5000; She'll Make You Flip, Advance 9711; Sandritocat
Row 3:) 
Advance 1975; So Sew Some, Advance 2871; Fancywork, Advance 897; Vintage Needle Finds

Monday, December 14, 2015

Looks From Vogue - December 1962!

As a little holiday treat.. how about some looks from Vogue... December 1962!   These sweet looks are sure to please!

Look at the cute cover design with whimsical holiday ornaments and Big Ben & the Eiffel Tower. :) Also, rather difficult to see on the cover is Vogue Paris Original 1200 by Pierre Cardin.

Vogue 5752, 5751, 5753, 5754

Easy elegance in these lovely fashions!  Which one do you like best?  So Vintage On Etsy  has Vogue 5753 in stock.. it's a super-classy dress!  Here's some more similar patterns from the Pattern Patter Team:

1.)  Vogue 6162; Violet Crown Emporium
2.)  Vogue 6885; Mbchills
3.)  Vogue 5905; Retroactive Future

Vogue 1197, Vogue 1195

Here's super-chic designer looks from John Cavanagh and Nina Ricci!  That hood is something else!!
So Vintage on Etsy has Vogue 1195 in stock and it is a beauuuuty!  Wow wheee!

Here's some looks from the same designers:

1.)  Vogue 1501 by Nina Ricci; Redcurlzs
2.)  Vogue 1331 by John Cavanagh; Fragolina
3.)  Vogue 1192 by John Cavanagh; Sew As It Was Patterns

Vogue 1199, 5647, 1196

Here Vogue offers your whole holiday wardrobe... designer, of course!  On the left by Jacques Griffe, in the middle, "Easy to Make", and on the right by Jacques Heim.  Rare patterns for sure!  You can see how fashion-forward Vogue was.. already giving us a hint of "Mod" in 1962.

Here's some fashions from the same designers:

1.)  Vogue 1232; Griffe; So Sew Some
2.)  Vogue 1574; Heim; So Vintage on Etsy
3.)  Vogue 1497; Griffe; Grey Dog Vintage
4.)  Vogue 1427; Heim; Purple Plaid Penguin

Vogue 1198, 1194

More class than you can shake a stick at with these looks from Ronald Paterson of England and Pierre Cardin.

Some looks from the same designers:

1.)  Vogue 1391; Paterson; Sew As It Was Patterns
2.)  Vogue 1142; Cardin; Whatnot Gems
3.)  Vogue 1410; Paterson; So Vintage on Etsy
4.)  Vogue 2075; Cardin; Erika With A K

Vogue 5758; 5759; 5756

More easy-sew elegance!  Here's some similar patterns from our team.

1.)  Vogue 9615; Fancywork
2.)  Vogue 5972; Frisky Scissors
3.)  Vogue 5542; Sydcam 123
4.)  Vogue 5612; Sandritocat

Vogue 5755
Another amazing hooded number, Vogue says it has "flapper" style, "great for campus or country."  Great for anything, if you ask me!

More cool outfits with hoods from the team:

1.)  Vogue 8154; Mbchills
2.)  Vogue 5853; So Vintage On Etsy
3.)  Vogue 5483; Fragolina
4.)  Simplicity 4932; Redcurlzs

Vogue 5757

On the back cover, Vogue suggests brocade for your holiday parties!

Well, that's about all for now!  Don't you like the cute illustrations?

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Pattern Patter Team: DIY Gifts for Him

Since we've focused on gifts for kids and ladies, let's not leave the guys out of this!  You can make wonderful DIY gifts for the special man in your life too, of course.

Let's see what kind of patterns the Pattern Patter Team has in stock for you. :)

McCall's 1889
The old classic dude gift standby, a tie!  Lucky for you and everyone, ties are not only easy to make but there are many patterns available to make them!  This vintage one has 7 styles of tie and you can get it from Mbchills.

Total Image Patterns #215

How about a custom cummerbund for that classy holiday party? From  Vintage Needle Finds.

Kwik Sew 3183
How about this variety of classy, dressy accessories?  Via Purple Plaid Penguin.

McCall 5866

Here's a wonderful vintage robe pattern for Dear 'Ol Dad from Keepsakes Studio.

TIES TIES TIES!!!  You can make any style you want from narrow to wide... 

1.) Simplicity 4816: Sew Betty and Dot
2.) Simplicity 9192: We Are Vintage Sewing
3.) McCall's 2568: Decades of Charm
4.) Simplicity 9400: Fancywork

McCall's 6289
Here's a bunch of cool guys' accessories, not just a tie; but hats, vests, and more!  From Linda Kay Designs.

Burda 7223
You can make these cool bags, wallets, tablet or laptop covers... great for a tech savvy guy.  Via Jersey Girl Patterns.

McCall's 7062
How about a festive Steampunk apron for your guy? :)  The Granny Squared has it in stock.

Emu 4017
If you can knit very quickly, perhaps you can finish this beautiful sweater in time for your sweetie.  Via Redcurlzs.

Huges 209
Also for you speedy knitters,  this booklet from All The Precious Things has many amazing designs!

Everyone needs PJs for that matching outfits Christmas card picture!

1.) Simplicity 5039; People Packages
2.) Advance 2937; She'll Make You Flip
3.) Butterick 6367; Fancywork
4.) DuBarry 5903; Redcurlzs

Butterick 3383
Or a cool caftan from Sew Betty and Dot.

Kwik Sew 814

Going on vacation for the holidays?  How about some new swim trunks?  Ooh la la!  @ Jersey Girl Patterns.

Simplicity 4160

This reversible vest from Vintage Needle Finds certainly looks festive in red and green!

McCall's 1925

Yee-haw!  Here's a cool western shirt for your favorite cowboy. :)  Via Fancywork.

Kwik Sew 726 from Mbchills

Oh!  Oh my.. moving on!

I've mentioned it many times already, but I looove this pattern that Kinsey Sue has in stock.  It's just so flippin' cute!  This would be a great gift for everyone in the family.. the family that bakes together... 

Simplicity 1960

Ladies, is that Clark Gable on this pattern envelope from MrsDepew?

Simplicity 3206

Lastly, how about matching his-and-hers aprons from Bluetree Sewing Studio

Of course there's lots more patterns from the team for Guys and Men of all ages, so I hope you'll check them out!