I adore vintage children' sewing patterns as much for the sweet art on them as for the wonderful patterns inside. Being able to bring back to life a little piece of history for my girls to wear is so fun. These were the days when girls dresses were very detailed in design. I have been adding to my collection lately. I sometimes feel guilty opening old patterns because it's like I'm disturbing history but I always try to replace the patterns carefully. I learn so many new techniques every time I sew up a vintage pattern. It's like getting secret information from your grandmother.
Incidentally, I was at my dad's the other day and he was going through my grandmother's old things. It turned out she completed a dressmaking course in New York City in the 1930's. I had no idea! She died while I was a teenager and had no interest in sewing plus she lived in New York and I was in LA so we didn't see each other too many times. I'm going to ask my dad for that certificate so I can hang it in my sewing nook. I guess sewing interest skipped a generation in my family.
Here are some of my recent little girls vintage pattern finds:
|This is a pattern that was bought out of the back of a magazine or newspaper. A mail order pattern, size 8. I have never sewn a peplum so this will be a first.|
|This little 1940's toddler pattern sailor dress, size 2 is next up on my sewing list for Gigi.|
|Du Barry 5567 1940's. Size 8. This is probably my favorite.|
|This is a 1940's girls size 10. This pattern was also made for adults as you can see by the drawings on this envelope. It feels more mature than the others. Older girls wore longer hemlines. This won't fit Lily for awhile yet. I hope she will still be interested in wearing vintage style dresses when she is 10.|
Do you have a favorite or have you ever sewn with vintage kids sewing patterns?
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