Vintage patterns

Three magazines from 1930s

I got my hands on some 1930s patterns, finally! Some sewing, some knitting and lots and lots of embroidery, plus the obligatory slimming and getting-rid-of-the-beard ads, plus a very special way of rejuvenating your hair! The three magazines in question are: February 1936 "The Needlewoman", UK; and November 1937 and March 1938 "Mode und Wäsche",… Continue reading Three magazines from 1930s

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Vintage patterns

Lessons from 1940s

I have now made several patterns from Beyers Mode für Alle 1940/41 magazine. These patterns are significantly different from 1950s patterns that I've sewn before. My college tutors always warned us that you couldn't just measure a 1940s pattern and know how it would fit - the amount of draping, subtle and obvious, and the… Continue reading Lessons from 1940s

Vintage patterns

Failure and rescue – another dress from 1952

It just goes to show that not every vintage pattern turns into a beautiful dress. My first spell with the 1951/1952 collection from Praktikus Modenblatt worked out quite well, with hardly any alterations. And although I may not necessarily repeat all of those details in my next make, overall I was pleased with the result… Continue reading Failure and rescue – another dress from 1952