Sunday, January 24, 2016


I don't know about everyone out there... but I'm currently stuck inside for a while due to a whopping 21 inches of snow dumped by Winter Storm Jonas!   Looking out at all snowy weather got me thinking about winter sewing patterns.

When bundling up for the chilly weather, why not be unique?  Why not try a fashionable cape? :)

They're very in this season and the Pattern Patter Team has a large variety you can choose from.  Timeless in style, any era of pattern can be used today and still look up-to-the-minute.

And of course, when stuck inside... it's always the best time for sewing!

Let's see what we can find.

Vogue 7891
Cloe's Closet has this truly elegant cape in stock!  In the long or short version, suitable for the most dressy affair.  Not going to the opera or theatre?  Why not dress like it anyway? :)

Vogue 9091
This one, from Roma's Maison is really something special.  You can have a beautiful cape that matches your professional ensemble.  Take off your cape for a lovely office look.  Sure to have your co-workers buzzing.  (Also in stock at Linda Kay Designs and Redcurlzs)

New Look 6658

For a more modern look, how about this neat cape-and-hat combo from DRCRose Patterns?  It also includes a scarf and a handbag... pretty great gift ideas.  Looks sharp!

Simplicity 9211
Another fabulous coordinating ensemble is here from So Sew Some.  Make it with a skirt or pants.. it still looks stylish and will keep you warm.  (Also in stock at Find Crafty Patterns.)

Vogue 9048
Holy elegance!  This gown-and-cape combo from Eleanor Meriwether is certainly perfect for your most dressy affair.  You could wear it to the Oscars, no kidding!

McCall 7179
And speaking of vintage elegance, this cape is sure to be warm and dressy.  What a stunning pattern! From So Vintage on Etsy.

Simplicity 5199
This cape from Laguna Lane is certainly a fancy affair.  The hooded version might be just perfect for your Steampunk or Renaissance Fair look.

McCall's 7895
Many varieties of capes you can make in a jiffy with this 2-Hour pattern from Magnolia's Sewing Basket.  From sportier to elegant.  (Also in stock at Cloe's Closet.)

Simplicity 6635
As a pattern collector, sometimes I think Simplicity's E.S.P. (Extra Sure Patterns) line is a little.. I don't know.. boring?  But this pattern is anything but!  One of the nicest E.S.P. designs I've seen, and you can buy it at Neverwares.  (Also available at Find Crafty Patterns.)

Butterick 5987
Very dramatic and also good for your cosplay, steampunk or renaissance fair creation is this pattern from The Granny Squared.   I love a hooded cape!

Simplicity 6630
And here's another hooded cape, and this one is reversible!  Two outfits in one!  Get it at Sandritocat.

Vogue 2231
Holy moly!  If you want to look REALLY stylish, how about this classy number from Pucci?!  A rare pattern, in stock at Fragolina.  (Also in stock at MBChills and Fancywork)

Floradora Presents has this very unusual (and rare!) 1930s cape pattern from Butterick.  The sleek lines and dramatic tailoring are a real treat.

Tailor's Guide Co.
This special pattern is made for reenactment and costume purposes, but is perfect for keeping you warm this winter!  At Vintage Needle Finds.

Butterick 3041

Don't forget the little ones!!  This cute girls' cape is perfect for keeping warm or a Little Red Riding Hood costume. :)  At Find Crafty Patterns.  

McCall's 4550
Also, don't forget the guys!  You'd have to be a pretty classy dude to wear this out this winter, but I have faith you're out there somewhere!  Of course, also great for your cosplay and costuming pleasure. :)   From Retroactive Future.

Simplicity 8386
Oh!  And don't forget your dog!!!  A matching cape and dog-coat combo is really darn cute!  At Clutterina

Simplicity 9226
Here's an easy pattern that is also reversible!  How cute and fun.  Designed for teens/juniors, but wearable by adults, too!  At Knightcloth.  (Also in stock at We Are Vintage Sewing),

Vogue 2402
OH WOW, this unbelievable Sybil Connolly designer pattern is in stock at Kinsey Sue.  It also comes with the hat and dress.  Totally Carnaby Street, but totally perfect for anyone's stylish, retro wardrobe.  

McCall's 3966
I love this (also reversible) cape pattern from MBChills!  It is a Halston Original, and I love the dog on the envelope, too.

That's about all for now!  Do you have a cape?  I wore them in high school to be cool, or something. (I wasn't really cool at in the least, but capes are still cool.)  Maybe I'll give them another try.  They are pretty glamorous if you ask me.  (They don't spoil your outfit!)

Please check out ALL the great cape patterns from the 

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Valentine DIY with The Pattern Patter Team

I know it's still January, but if you want to make a DIY Valentine's Day gift you had better get started right away!

Let's see what beautiful Valentine's Day things you can make with lovely patterns from the Pattern Patter Team!

Simplicity 1394
These cute 1950s pillow covers from Roma's Maison would make a cute Valentine's gift!  The dancing poodles and hearts-n'-ribbons are very cute and festive.  And I do love poodles.

Simplicity 8394
This lovely party set  from Vintage Needle Finds would make for a charming Valentine's Day party or special dinner. :)  Many other holidays are included.  Great for a little party for children or seniors, or anyone, really!

Simplicity 7039
This sweet Cupid treat basket would be welcome on a desk or table in an office or waiting room.  Available from Vogue Vixens, and other holidays are also included.  He looks a little cheeky to me.

Butterick 3306

How about a sweet, Valentine-themed party apron from Purple Plaid Penguin?  Other holiday aprons are also included so you can have one for every season. :)  A truly glamorous hostess simply can't be without a seasonal apron!

Advance 2701
Speaking of aprons, here's another cute one from Redcurlzs.  You can also add a heart-shaped pocket.  Of course, almost any apron can be a Valentine's Day apron if you use festive heart-print fabric. :)

Simplicity 1359
Yet another festive and romance-filled apron from The Pattern Source!  The heart-shaped design of the pockets is replicated in the sweetheart design of the bib.  Bake up some special Valentine Treats?

McCall's 3039
A festive gift idea is this romantic bear with bow-tie and heart.  Yes, you can get a teddy holding a heart almost anywhere.. but one that is homemade is really a special gift.  From Lonestar Blondie.

Heart Pillow
An easy gift you can DIY with this cut-and-stuff pillow from Roma's Maison.

Simplicity 9439
More cute decor and romantic gift ideas with this pattern from Find Crafty Patterns.  There are other holidays included, too.. so you can set a cheerful table any season of the year.

McCall's 9168
A heart-shaped box of candy?  No!  It's a decoration for your front door.  You can get the pattern from Clutterina... other holidays are also included.

McCall's 6259

Or a cute, retro, heart-shaped throw pillow from Vintage Needle Finds?

Creative Circle 1695
Home is where the heart is, with this charming cross-stitch design from Cloe's Closet.  A truly memorable Valentine for someone you love. 

Of course, you can always make a sweet, homemade Valentine with some felt, lace, paper, and glue!

Did you ever make a Valentine's Day gift?  How did it go? :)  Hope you all have a love filled day!


Monday, January 4, 2016

Looks From McCall January 1950

Well, the New Year is here and it's 2016!  I hope you all have a wonderful New Year. :)

But let's pretend that it's not 2016... let's go all the way back to January of 1950!  The 1940s are over, and a whole new decade is beginning!  What will fashion hold?  A new prosperity is beginning, and lots of things are changing.  This is a real treat, as this booklet is much longer than many of them. I hope you will enjoy this look into the past.  Let's open it and see!

McCall 7919

On the cover is this sweet off-the-shoulder dress with a tiered-skirt.  Lovely for dancing?  This catalog is from my personal collection.  Whiteside's was Morgantown's local downtown fashion department store for many decades, and had a truly enviable pattern & fabric department.

Here's some similar dresses from the Pattern Patter Team:

1.)  Simplicity 4629 @ Grandma Made With Love
2.)  Simplicity 7165 @ Happy I Found It
3.)  Butterick 8367 @ Sydcam 123
4.)  Advance 6758 @ Jeanie's Shop

McCall 7917, 7912
These sweet dresses for a junior hint at the incoming full skirt that would be so popular in the 1950s.  Note the very fitted waist on 7917, and the sweet gathered shoulders on 7912.  Note also the shorter hemlines.  I LOVE those big pockets!!

Here are some similar patterns from team members:

1.)  Simplicity 1581 @ Fancywork
2.)  Hollywood 1880 @ Frisky Scissors
3.)  McCall 7165 @ She'll Make You Flip

McCall 7921
Need a refresher on how to do a proper buttonhole? :)  How about those angular pockets on 7921? Claaaassy!  I love how they reflect the shape of the collar.  Very tasteful and clever design if you ask me.  Worthy of Vogue but here it is from McCall!

Some equally tasteful looks:

1.)  Simplicity 2961 @ Tabby's Vintage Shop
2.)  McCall 7413 @ Erika With A K
3.)  Advance 5143 @ Knightcloth

McCall 7919
Here's the billowing, tiered-skirt dress seen on the cover.  You can make it several ways as you can see... all of them as pretty as can be!  This style for dancing will likely never go out of style.. you can still dance the night away in a very similar dress!

McCall 7918
Look at this beautiful dancing dress with a scalloped collar!  Oh, it's very pretty!  Again, scallop-shapes at the hip/waistline mimic the scallops at the neck.  Very fine design.  A quiet touch like that means so much to making a design something special.  As pretty as a flower.

More late 40s & early 50s Scallops:

1.)  Vogue 6392 @ Purple Plaid Penguin
2.)  Simplicity 2796 @ Fancywork
3.)  Advance 5043 @ Rose Corners
4.)  Simplicity 7228 @ Violet Crown Emporium
5.)  Simplicity 2509 @ Clutterina

McCall 7910
More youthful looks with bare shoulders as a sundress, or with a jacket for a more formal occasion. Taking a holiday for the winter?  You could still wear these looks on your cruise and look like a Hollywood star!  Wear some sunglasses and everyone will wonder just who you are. ;)

More stylish sundresses, in stock right now!

1.)  Vogue 3206 @ Sandritocat
2.)  Simplicity 2895 @ Floradora Presents
3.)  Simplicity 8080 @ So Vintage On Etsy
4.)  Simplicity 2425 @ Purple Plaid Penguin

McCall 7920
Another lovely sundress with bolero featured on the next page.. again, you could wear this today and look every bit as chic as the girls in 1950.

More bolero'd sundresses:

1.)  Vogue 7564 @ She'll Make You Flip
2.)  Simplicity 3124 @ Frisky Scissors
3.)  Simplicity 1621 @ Sydcam 123

McCall 7925, 7922

Super-chic dresses with amazing attention to detail on this page!  Total elegance when worn with gloves and a matching hat & handbag. :)  The unusual neckline and asymmetrical shape of 7922 looks couture dramatic, meanwhile the very deep neckline of 7925 is sure to turn heads.

More drama from our team:

1.)  Vogue S-4694 @ Fragolina
2.)  McCall 7881 @ Erika With A K
3.)  Simplicity 2876 @ So Vintage On Etsy
4.)  Vogue 959 @ DRC Rose Patterns

McCall 7916, 7914, 7913
More unbelievable drama with buttons, peplums, and more big pockets!

More pretty peplums:

1.)  Butterick 6450 @ Redcurlzs
2.)  Vogue S-4855 @ Bluetree Sewing Studio
3.)  McCall's 3505 @ Selvedge Shop
4.)  Butterick 5633 @ Roma's Maison
5.)  Simplicity 2321 @ Vintage Needle Finds

McCall 7924, 7911
More intriguing design here!  7911 features buttons that stop at the waist in the front, but continue below the waist in the back!  What a clever feature.  Meanwhile, the curved pockets of 7924 mimic the curve of the yoke.

Here's some more shaped yokes:

1.)  Butterick 4200 @ Pretty Pattern Shop
2.)  Butterick 3599 @ Selvedge Shop
3.)  McCall 7000 @ She'll Make You Flip

McCall 7915, 7923

Here's another shaped yoke in 7915, and more GIANT pockets in 7923.

More buttons and pockets:

1.)  Simplicity 8060 @ So Vintage on Etsy
2.)  Sew-Rite 8168 @ Grey Dog Vintage
3.)  Simplicity 4515 @ Grandma Made With Love

McCall 7937, 7935, 7339, 7928

How about something for the younger set?  Again we have some interesting yoke & bodice designs. Not a lot of frou-frou here, these are practical and comfortable designs.

Pretty girls looks from our team:

1.)  Simplicity 3292 @ Sandritocat
2.)  Hollywood 1673 @ Pengy Patterns
3.)  Simplicity 2069 @ Sydcam 123

McCall 7931, 7927, 7670, 7932, 7926
Here we have some peasanty looks that are comfortable and girlish, but not overly frilly.   Even the designs for the smallest girls have special design touches.

More similar looks:

1.)  McCall 8363 @ Cloe's Closet
2.)  Simplicity 1862 @ Vintage Needle Finds
3.)  New York 1867 @ Fancywork

McCall 7933, 7929, 7936, 7934, 7930

Can't forget pretty blouses, slim skirts, and flowing lingerie for bedtime... :)  Rebecca's Vintage Salon has the lovely 7930 wiggle/pencil skirt in stock.  You could have a vintage look very quickly! Shorten it for a more modern look if you would like.

More similar patterns from the team:

1.)  Simplicity 4556 @ Fancywork
2.)  McCall 6819 @ Keepsakes Studio
3.)  Butterick 4652 @ So Vintage on Etsy
4.)  New York 568 @ Vintage Needle Finds & Fancywork

McCall 1519, 1514, 1517, 1515
The last page is filled with quite a variety of items!  Cowboy jodhpur suit for the kiddos, shirred and embroidered dress for tots, ties for the man of the house, and matching novelty BBQ aprons for your summer grilling!  Maybe an odd choice for January, but you can never start too early, am I right?  I like how the lady's apron has a cute wiener dog motif, while the man's features a pig chef. 

Some fun team patterns:

1.)  Butterick 4958 @ Frisky Scissors
2.)  Simplicity 3960 @ Grandma Made With Love
3.)  Simplicity 4816 @ Sew Betty and Dot
4.)  McCall 957 @ Sew Betty and Dot

The back features an advertisement for Botany brand fabrics.  There are still "Botany" fabrics produced for airline and upholstery use, but I don't think this has anything to do with Botany Mills of New Jersey.  (Now a historic district, by the way.)

Here's an advertisement on a matchbook for Botany ties.  Botany not only made textiles but also a few items of clothing, ties probably being the most prolific. :)

I hope you enjoyed this look at January, 1950!

Happy New Year, Happy Sewing!  Happy History!

Let us know what you like best. :)