Maxi dresses

I made these for cc and rj. I dressed
them up a bit by adding trim to the ties
on two of them and gathering the patriotic one.



I've been collecting vintage patterns for months, and I finally decided to sew one up! This is Simplicity 7563, I found at the thrift store for $0.50!

It was very simple to sew, but I learned quite a few new things. •how to put in a zipper
• how to under stitch
• how to slip stitch
• how to make pleated pockets ( the pattern called for plain patch pockets)
• how to make a detached Peter Pan collar, it wasn't part of the pattern but makes a cute addition I think!


Baby dolls on a cute girl!

These are the baby dolls I made for cecily.
she loves playing the model, can you tell?


Baby doll pajamas

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I used to love to wear baby dolls (this style of pajamas) when I was a little girl. So, now my grand daughters can love them too!  I made this out of vintage sheets (found while thrifting) and tricot, using a peasant top and bloomer pattern.  Perfect for summer.

Sailor outfit finished

The completed outfit from a 1958 simplicity pattern. Pink instead of blue because that's what Reagan wanted.


Pendleton 49er

I love, love, love vintage - well everything.  My mom purchased a reproduction Pendleton 49er jacket a couple years ago that I love (reproduction in that the company produced them again to look exactly like the orginal 50's version).  Today I scored at the thrift store and mom found me an orginal 1950's Pendleton 49er jacket!

It looks just like this one I found on Ebay:

So I did some research and found out a little history on the '49er jacket.  On another ebay auction found here, an employee of Pendleton wrote:
 "Dear buy-n-bye777, I work for Pendleton, and am currently working on a personal project tracking the evolution of Pendleton labels, in an effort to better date vintage products. While the gold on white label dates back to the 1949 introduction of the 49er jacket & other women's clothing, the Woolmark logo on your label first appeared in 1964. Your label appears to lack the ® registered trademark symbol, which means this 49er dates between 1964-1967. The other subtle indication that this doesn't date to the 50s is the noticeably narrower lapel and collar points ... about 1/2 the width of 50s jackets."

I found that the label like mine:
Was the one the employee was referring to.  Super cool.

I ran into this post on the Pendleton website about the '49er jacket's history.

In 1949, when market research identified an opportunity for sportswear for women, Pendleton entered the market with their first women’s line. This was a test offering of classic skirts, jackets and shirt, to test exactly how the American woman would react to a branded line of virgin wool sportswear. The positive response was resounding, but no one could have predicted the enormous success of a single garment introduced that year.
Says Linda Parker, head of Pendleton Communications, “The first women’s line in 1949 was composed of five items.  It is amazing to me that out of such a limited initial offering that the 49′er would develop such an immediate following and reputation.”  The jacket referred to both the year of its introduction, and the California Gold Rush, in a nod to Pendleton’s Western roots.
The designer was Berte Wiechmann, a young woman who came to Pendleton from Jantzen,  another iconic Portland apparel company. Miss Wiechmann sewed the original samples herself, taking styling particulars from the Pendleton men’s shirt. The 49’er jacket featured discreet tucking at the yoke, and two bias-cut patch pockets near the hem. The boxy cut showcased Pendleton’s famous plaids, and larger iridescent shell buttonssoftened the look.
Miss Weichmann was very particular about these buttons. She insisted on a special black shell from Australia and Tahiti, supplied by J. Carnucci & Sons, NJ.
In 1956 alone, Pendleton would use $150,000.00 worth of these buttons.
In the years of its prime (1949-1961), over a million Pendleton 49’ers were sold to American women. And it continues to sell well now, after re-introduction in the early 2000s. 

I paid $4 for mine.  It would have cost around $15 in the 1950's, about $142 in todays standards.  New "reproduction" 49ers sell for $178.  I think I got a steal!

A hankie holder

My aunt Tonya made this for me. It holds hankies
that were my grandma's. It means a lot to me!
plus, it is a great craft/sewing idea....


The beginning....

I'm making Reagan a vintage style sailor outfit.
the pattern is a vintage Simplicity pattern. #2402
It cost $.50 when it was made. I couldn't find a date
On it. I made the skirt today and hope t start the top tomorrow.


Girls love penoir sets

I made cecily one for Christmas and so now
Reagan will get one for her birthday. 

Baby doll pjs

I made these baby doll pjs for cecily.
i used a peasant dress pattern for the 
top and a pajama pant pattern.
i love to sew with tricot since there
is no hemming if you use the elastic and 
Lace trim.

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