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Free Crochet Pattern- Circa 1915 Kimono Jacket

A while ago I came across an amazing little handmade scrapbook that included all sorts of needlecraft patterns someone had lovingly clipped from magazines from the 1910s. I’ve been meaning to share more of them (there are some if you scroll back through my blog posts), so here’s a little fun one from probably around […]

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A Needlework Scrap Book- And Free Camisole Crochet Patterns

We recently made a trip back to see family (don’t worry, I know these are crazy times and all proper precautions were adhered to- and it was a necessary trip). I did come home with some treasures, including this rather cool find from an antique store. This was someone’s scrapbook of needlework patterns from The […]

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Freebie- 1930s Crocheted Evening Cape

Hello everyone! I’ve got a fun little freebie for you. This is a 1930s crocheted evening cape, but if I’m honest I think it would be pretty glam to wear for lounging or with nightgowns, too. Very old movie star! For more crochet and knitting e-patterns, and for sewing e-patterns go check out my Etsy […]

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Free Pattern! 1912 Crocheted Corset Cover

I’m happy to be giving away a FREE e-pattern today for a crocheted corset cover from 1912.  Isn’t this just lovely? This is from the April, 1912 issue of Needlecraft Magazine and I remastered the image and made a PDF so you can save and print it. If you do make it, please share a […]

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Filet Crochet for Baby- Early 1920s Free Pattern

I recently came across a very large collection of vintage patterns (yay!), and tucked inside were a few loose leafs of old magazines from the early 1920s.  They’re so darling that I had to share! These are filet crochet.  Sadly, the bottom corner is missing but hopefully some ingenuity will help fill in the blanks. […]

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Free Crochet Pattern! 1918 Sweater and Cap

I’ve got a fun little freebie for you today!  I found this booklet at an estate sale last year and I’m glad to share this page.  It’s for a women’s crocheted sweater and skating cap from 1918.  I hope you enjoy it!  Below in an image you can enlarge and save, and here’s a link […]

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Free Vintage E-Pattern- Adorable Autumn Acorns Crocheted Border

Today I have a fun little freebie for you! If your fingers have been itching to take up needlework again, here’s a cute little crocheted pattern from the late 1940s for a crocheted acorn border.  I’m sure they originally decorated things like household linens, hankies, etc,, but why not use them on a blouse, purse, […]

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1919 Gift Ideas: Many Little Things May Be Crocheted

Oh my goodness, Christmas is this weekend! Eep!  I am So behind this year.  Anyone else? Well, rest assured, ladies in the past were not *that* different than we are.  The following article is from The Modern Priscilla magazine, December 1919.  This article begins by saying: “This collection of small things meets the problem of […]

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Finished Project + Free Pattern: 1920 Crocheted Tam

Hurrah! A finished yarncraftish type project!  I just finished up this new tam from a pattern from 1920! My cousins were the crocheters in the family. We all picked up yarn-ish type crafts around the same time, and I went for knitting while they went for crochet.  I was was self-taught and may possibly be […]

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>Projects- Bustle and Crochet

>Though not both together or at the same time ;)I finished my crocheted sweater! Well, nearly- all it needs are snaps at the shoulder and it’s done. I have tried it on and it fits! Hurrah! I will need to snap a few photos for the old blog soon :) So I’ve moved on to […]

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Pagoda Hat to Crochet- 1938

>A friend just let me borrow two really spiffy crochet books from the 1930s.  I thought you might enjoy this silly little hat.  If you do end up making it up please post a link!   Click on the image for a larger version to read or print.

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A Crocheted Dutch Cap- 1924

>Off and on the past few months I’ve been trying to pick up crochet.  I started with little swatches, moved to an entirely overly-ambitious sweater which I will be lucky to finish, and have now been going through my vintage magazines and booklets looking for simple little projects I think I could tackle.  I’m not […]

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>A 1940s Crocheted Hat and Bag

>I’m sorry I’ve been shamefully bad at updating my blog lately! Other things are calling, but to make amends here’s a fun project.  This has to be one of the silliest 1940s crocheted hats I’ve seen and it even has a matching bag.  Lots of fun! If you make it up, please share a picture! […]

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>The Continental Purse- 30s crochet purse

>And now the song is going to be stuck in my head ALL day (oh Fred and Ginger how I love you).I’m not sure whether I love or hate this purse, but I figured someone could get a kick out of it!  I know if it was me I’d throw my cell phone, digital camera, […]

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>A Jaunty 30s Hat to Crochet!

>Going along with my post yesterday on the silly little Turtle coasters, today I’m sharing a vintage hat to crochet! This one, I’m guessing, is from around 1937 and was from a little free giveaway leaflet tucked in an old pattern book. If you make it up please share a picture! Click on the picture […]

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>Turtle Coasters- a free vintage crochet pattern.

>The upcoming holidays have me inspired to make something crafty, and there can be no better place to look for the unusual that browsing through vintage materials.  I found these in a recent book purchase and here they are to share!  Who doesn’t want crocheted coasters that vaguely resemble turtles from the late 1930s?  Just […]

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Eliza 1910s Dress Pattern- Finally with Photos!

After quite a challenging late Spring and busy summer, I have finally finished up my sample for the pattern that came out earlier this year! This is from the “Eliza 1910 Dress Pattern”. This pattern is from a period original and includes only the original size, which is Size 36″ Bust, Waist 25″. I *do* […]

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1928- Old and Modern Quilting & Appliquéd Bag

Another set of lovely pages from the Modern Priscilla 1928 issue, in this post I share “old fashioned” quilting, “modern” quilting, and a cute little bag made with appliquéd hollyhocks and cottages! If you are familiar with quilting, you will recognize several quilt blocks we often attribute to the great depression and feedsack quilts. Well, […]

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Free Patterns– Pretty Yokes For Knit 1910s Underwear

I have been meaning to post this for over a month and finally have the images to share! This comes from an original Needlecraft Magazine from 1913, and these high contrast scans will make it easier for you to read and save the text. This is from an original in my archives. I have a […]

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July 1913- Styles with Individuality

It always amuses me that magazines (or today blogs and social media) love to tell women how to dress like individuals. Nothing like telling thousands of readers how to be unique. Regardless, this magazine page from Needlecraft’s July, 1913 issue tells us more about the sewing patterns featured here, including what fabrics they suggested for […]

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Look at the Past- Advice from 1913 on Selling Needlecraft

Just like today, people of the past were looking to monetize their work and hobbies in order to help their income. Needlecraft magazine had people write in looking for suggestions for how to sell their needlecraft to the larger cities. Some of us who are makers can relate to the “You’re so good, you should […]

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1913- The Renaissance of Macrame- Free Handbag Pattern

Macrame seems to be making a comeback again right now! And back in 1913, they were talking about the revival of the craft that had been taking the craft world by storm 30 years earlier in the 1880s. Here’s a few pages from Needlecraft Magazine, July 1913. With the revival of other classes of handicraft […]

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April 1912- Fashions and Fabrics

I recently came across a whole slew of 1910s-1920s Needlecraft magazines and am so eager to share some articles! This article is from 107 years ago.  At first glance it may not be that exciting, since it only has one image and the rest are descriptions, but what I found was a wealth of knowledge […]

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Finished Project: 1920’s Cruise Dress

Catching up on a finished project post!  This was made for the Queen Mary Art Deco Weekend, so I’m a bit tardy in posting it! I was going through a bit of a 1920’s phase lately.  First I made this dress, secondly I have another dress nearly finished.  I like how cool and causal the […]

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The Vintage Marketplace- Spring 2015

This is a much delayed post from the first Vintage Marketplace of 2015, but the timing is actually excellent because it gives you time to plan to go in June :) Friday through Sunday a lovely sale happens in Rainbow, CA.  There’s a selected group of handcrafted and vintage dealers with a romantic bent.  Not a […]

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2014- A Sewing Year in Review

2014 was an extremely busy year for me.  Starting the new clothing line took nearly all my energy from the start, but I did manage to squeeze in some personal sewing!  A lot less than years past, but here’s the things I made this year.  I also included needlecraft in this list, since I worked […]

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Finished Project: 1919 Knitted Slipover “Bodice”

I have been working on this on and off for about a month or so, and just finished it up!  I’ve come down with a rotten cold, so the opportunity of finding couch worthy projects helped me finish this up. I may be stretching a bit, but since I just finished this, and the next […]

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Sewing Year in Review- 2012

It’s New Year’s Eve!  2013 is literally just a few hours away, so I thought it might be fun to do my yearly sewing and creative recap.  Click on any image for a link to the post, if there was one :) January Regency Short Stays A Regency Turban, and new trim added to the […]

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Less Than a Week to Go and Busy, Busy, Busy!

The Vintage Marketplace is less than a week away! Next Friday and Saturday, the 7th and 8th of September, in Fallbrook/Rainbow, CA. you’ll find my husband and I as vendors at one of the top 25 romantic style markets in the USA. We’ve been busy, busy, busy preparing for the show!  Besides bringing some awesome […]

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Taking Up Tatting

It’s not even close to cool enough for my to start thinking about knitting or crochet, but my fingers were itching for a project so I picked up my tatting again! I had mentioned wanting to learn tatting several times, and last year, my mom picked me up this Learn to Tat book and dvd […]

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Finished Project: 1880s Bustle Dress and Hat

My husband and I finally took proper pictures of this dress I finished last year!  This was my favorite dress I made last year, and it’s my first dress from the 1880s that I’ve made that I’ve been happy with. I posted previously about making this dress here, here, here, here, here, and here.  I […]

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2011 Sewing Year in Review

I’m a tad late with this post this year, but here’s my recap of my sewing projects accomplished this year!  Click on the images for links to blog posts or pattern listings. January Regency Sari Evening Gown, 1950’s Plaid Blouse, and Green Gaberdine Smooth Smooth Sailing Trousers Click on the link below to continue reading. […]

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>Bustle Dress Progress- Working on the Bodice

>I spent some of the weekend sewing on the Bustle dress! I had neglected it a bit last week, so it was nice to pick it up again. I did have to make several new changes to the pattern, especially since I realized I hadn’t sewn a Victorian gown in several years so I did […]

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>Finished Project- Eva Dress 1940 Swimsuit

> When Eva Dress posted she was having a sewing competition I knew it was the perfect excuse to dig into my pattern stash and choose from her beautiful patterns I’d bought in the past and pick one to sew!  Nothing helps me get past my procrastination for sewing like a deadline to meet! This […]

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>A Perfect Vintage Christmas

> Super Kawaii Mama is having a fun contest over on her blog, so this is my entry :) The perfect vintage Christmas would start going to get our tree with my husband and I going to get a tree with his 1939 Plymouth and some friends.  He would run the little heater and give […]

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>Sewing Review 2008

>Happy New Year, everyone! Annual List of Projects:1930s Black satin and rayon crepe dress1930s Two piece dress/suit in orange plaidBlack 30s wool skirtBlack floral satin 30s shirt1930s stripey Blousey shirt1940s Summer Crop Top and Skirt1950s Red Plaid dress1940s Blue Rose Dress1940s Yellow Rose Housedress1940 Directional Stripe Cotton Seersucker dressUgly 1940s Plaid Jumper (what was I […]

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