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Trip down pattern memory lane


Retro patterns from Butterick

If you would like a trip “down memory lane” let me make a suggestion.  I received a call last week from a reader who was looking for a vintage pattern.  She had a wrap dress that she loved and was looking for the pattern.  So out of curiosity, I typed in “vintage patterns” in Google and what I found was amazing.  The websites brought back so many memories.

Remember Butterick Sewing Patterns?  The company has been around since 1863.  It first started making sewing patterns for boys and men, but quickly began making sewing patterns for women.  Butterick is a household name and their vintage patterns date back to the 1940’s.  These patterns provide a lot of fun and versatility in your sewing projects.

Remember Vogue patterns?  I always considered them the cream of the crop.  Vogue pattern service started in 1899 when Vogue magazine started a once weekly pattern feature.  This started out as a mail order service and the rest is history.  I remember when a customer would bring a Vogue pattern and I would get a knot in my stomach.  I found Vogue pattern difficult but worth the time.

Vintage Sewing Patterns are for those who enjoy making their own clothes, and prefer the retro styles of yesteryear.  Vintage patterns are the perfect fit.  A sense of fashion      , a desire to sew, and a love of the designs of earlier eras are all one needs.  Whether contemporary patterns seem dull to you, you just like the peplum dresses of the 40’s, or if you just want to find that retro, out-of-print,, or discontinued pattern you remember from years ago, you can find the exact pattern you are looking for.

Remember Burda Sewing Patterns?  They were probably the most well-known of the European pattern manufacturers.  Most patterns I have found are circa 1990’s and 2000’s.  A great “edgy” Euro style—very unique.

My other favorite pattern was Advance Sewing Patterns.  This company was started back in 1932 as a house brand for the J.C. Penny Company.  In 1966 it was bought out by Puritan fashions.  The neat thing about Advance patterns is that they employed one of the youngest girls in the history of fashion at age 25.  This girl helped over 15,000,000 women to sew their own clothes.  Using these patterns is a way to share history.

Now when you say you are “making memories” you really mean it.

About Sally Cowan (50 Articles)
After Keeping You in Stitches for over 45 years, Sally enjoys her memories of events that happened on her way to retirement. Author of 6 books, lectures, teaching, and TV host on PBS and now has time for her many cats and Snuggles, the dog. She also loves playing trumpet in the Anastasia Baptist Church orchestra.

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