Vintage Sewing

Vintage Sewing

We are resharing this series of blogs because we have kicked it up a notch.  In some of the future vintage blogs (starting next week) we have added special video that will further your enjoyment and probably make you smile.

I have been sewing for a good 50 years. I have made clothes for myself, Karen, and Evelyn. The Patterns that I started with 50+ years ago are considered vintage now. Sure, I wish I still had them.  From drop down waists to baby doll patterns, I did it all.  

You know what THEY say? (Whoever “THEY” are) “There is nothing new in the world from ideas to fashion, it’s just reinvented”. If you are interested in learning about vintage sewing, first look at some patterns. Etsy has some of the best and inspiring places to find vintage sewing patterns. I have some suggestions for your viewing pleasure.  Post and Beam PatternsLady Marlow Patterns, Upstairs AtticPatterns from the Past and Subversive Femme.   

Most vintage patterns we get today are reproductions rather than originals. The main difference in the two is that reproductions usually contain a variety of sizes included.  While originals are one size only. They also come in envelopes that are delicate and the pattern itself is fragile. I’m not trying to scare you off. Your project might be trying and difficult at times but the experience of sewing with vintage patterns is something you never forget.  

While we do not carry Vintage Patterns, we do sell patterns that can be incorporated for a vintage look. There are loads of vintage “50’s look I love the “glam” look of “Peggy Guggenheim. With our Tilly and the Buttons’ Sky Sundress you can easily adapt to this gorgeous style. The Sew over it – Doris Dress Pattern is “semi-fitted with a flattering scooped neck bodice, bust pleats for delicate shaping and floaty grown-on sleeves. The waist can be left unfitted for warmer days, or c"ed in at the back with the attached ties or fixed back belt.  The fluted paneled skirt has two length variations – short and cute above the knee, or an elegant below the knee option”. Cashmerette Patterns - Upton Dress Skirt plus Mix Match will furnish you with multiple options.  “This curve-friendly pattern comes with cup sizes C-H and includes multiple bodice, skirt, sleeve, and neckline options for hundreds (yes, hundreds!) of possible dresses and skirts—or the one you’ve been dreaming about your whole life. Too often if you have bigger boobs you’re limited in your style options, but with the Upton Mix & Match Expansion Pack you can design your perfect dress, while knowing that you’ll have an amazing bust fit with no gaping or bra flashing.”

Our free PDF patterns available Monday, June 5 is the Empire of the Sun-Dress from So Sew Easy.  This veritable dress will get you ready for the long hot summer.

Can’t wait for free PDF patterns, check out Monday’s, May 29 free PDF pattern – Quilted Slippers.  

We will continue our vintage sewing trip next week and a surprise Video. If you think of anything we can cover in our weekly chats, please let me know by emailing me at

Looking for something YUMMY try this

This recipe got its start in the 1960s- the era when shortcuts in the kitchen were widely published in advertisements and magazines. It was the age of convenience foods recipes, although this cake is still made from scratch.

Chocolate Intrigue cake


  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cup sugar
  • 11 tablespoons butter (1/3 pound)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3/4 cup chocolate syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon mint or orange extract (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 10-inch bundt pan.
  2. Sift dry ingredients together (except for baking soda) and set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl cream butter and sugar together and add eggs one at a time.
  4. Alternate adding milk mixture and butter mixture to dry ingredients.
  5. Dump 2/3 of the batter into prepared bundt pan.
  6. Combine the remaining batter with chocolate syrup, baking soda, and optional mint or orange extract. Mix well. Pour chocolate batter into bundt pan, but do not stir into the first batter.
  7. Bake for around 45 minutes. Then cover with foil and bake for an additional 10-20 minutes.
  8. Let cake cool completely before inverting. Top with your favorite store-bought or homemade dark chocolate frosting.

Until next time,

Karen & Susan