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Anna’s Notebook, 1925. Collars, Pt. 1

It’s been a bit since I’ve shared some of this 1920s pattern drafting notebook, so here’s the next bunch of images, the first of three posts of collar designs.  If you’ve missed the earlier posts of this notebook you can … Continue reading

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Up and Doing- Sportswear, 1937

Today we’ve got a beautiful page of images from the 1937 Montgomery Wards Spring and Summer catalog.  I bought this for my husband as an early birthday present, but could not help stealing it to put this image up on … Continue reading

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Colorful, Practical Playwear- 1946

How’s your summer sewing going?  Or summer shopping?  I still need a few pairs of shorts and I am in love with the cut of the yellow ones above, combined with the cute tropical tie top (kind of looks like … Continue reading

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Thrift Score!

As much fun as it is to sew, sometimes it’s really nice to have an already made outfit!  When I’ve got a bit of a shopping bug I usually go out and hit the thrift shops. Thrifting has made a … Continue reading

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Finished Project- A Fair Dress for the Fair

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! We spent a lovely weekend together, starting with the County Fair on Saturday, followed by great times with family BBQing, watching neighborhood parades, swimming, and ending with fireworks (although very far on the horizon). … Continue reading

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Swimsuits, 1946

Ahh! Summer! Here’s some divine swimsuits as pictured originally in the 1946 Montgomery Ward’s Spring and Summer catalog. It’s hard to choose a favorite! Happy 4th!

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Finished Project- Early 40s Playsuit, and Fashion Horizons

I have been so inspired for summer wear by the early 1940s, in especially the short called “Fashion Horizons” from 1941.  Here’s the videos from YouTube so you can enjoy these as well. My playsuit is actually a crop top … Continue reading

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New Pattern! Palisades 1940s Wrap Dress

It’s new pattern time!  Introducing Palisades, a 1940s Wrap Dress Pattern. Palisades is a mid 1940s wrap dress inspired by an original vintage pattern but with improved fit, illustrated step-by-step instructions, and cutting layouts for 45″ wide fabrics. This dress … Continue reading

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For Golden Days on the Beach, 1934

Mmm!  Summer swimwear! And 1930s swimwear at that! I thought you might enjoy welcoming Summer with these couple of pages from a 1934 catalog.  It’s almost impossible for me to choose a favorite from this page… A! No, G!, No, … Continue reading

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Summer Wardrobe from Three Patterns

Welcome to Summer!  Do the warm weather months ahead have you scratching your head on what to wear?  I know I am looking at my closet and seeing more need of warm weather clothing. A while ago Kathy of GoForKat … Continue reading

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