A belated Christmas treasure trove.....Enid Gilchrist plus other vintage goodies
The great thing about having a bit of an unusual hobby like sewing is that often you are the first person people think of when getting rid of a stash. Now I need fabric and patterns like a hole in the head (Stash Diet 2014 is calling me!) but I'm never going to say no to a gift of vintage patterns and buttons. One of my colleagues was telling me her mum was downsizing off the family farm, and had a heap of sewing goodies that she was just going to take to the op shop - when she asked if I would be interested it was all I could to not squeal with excitement! So last week I got handed a box full of paper patterns and buttons, with the warning that 'they're probably not anything good, probably just daggy tracksuit patterns bla bla bla'.
With the business of the new year, and cracking on with Sunny (driving permit acquired yesterday, cabinets painted and reinstalled and looking freaking awesome BTW) I only had a chance to go through my treasure box last night and I was as happy as a pig in mud!
First up the buttons - mostly mismatching but a few cute sets. I think I love them most for the nostalgia of sifting through a collection of old buttons and knowing someone has carefully saved them for a future purpose. There's not many people that don't have memories of playing with and sorting their mum or nan's button collection...... Most of them are plastic but there's a few very unusual shapes, and some buckles! There's even a couple of old Australian Armed Forces buttons in there, made of brass worn so much that the little map of Australia is wearing off in the corners. I really need to start a collection of button jars in different colours now. My collection is getting out of control.
I was then thrilled to find a book, the Oddhams Encyclopedia of Needlecraft - it has some beautiful old photographs, plus tips on garment sewing, knitting, embroidery and other crafts.
It doesn't have a date of publication but I'd say from the styles of the garments it is either late 40's or early 50's....
|This is not high in my Ravelry queue!|
Then I found this Simplicity Sewing Book, date of publication 1947, with a gorgeous Audrey Hepburn-eque sewer on the cover:
This has some great tips on finishing techniques in particular, but also some gorgeous guides such as dressing for your colouring:
And for your shape:
Some interesting techniques - tradition vs flat construction of a dress (the 'factory method'):
You start with drawing a right angle, then according to the different measurements on the pattern in your size you start making marks at different points on your paper, eventually connecting them all up to make a pattern!
|That hipster recording loving cool cat!|
|Such a natural pose!|
What amazes me is just how simple they make it all look - this page is from one of the kid's editions - it actually suggests that your daughter (child) make's her own pants! Her OWN PANTS! And I didn't notice until I was cropping the pics that this particular pattern actually has pattern lines for woven fabric with and without stretch - ingenious - the dotted lines are the lines for fabric with stretch:
Collar and neckline variations - I just love the tie neck on the second page:
What about a shirt dress (Jillian this one made me think of you!) or a wrap over dress:
I'm looking forward to sitting down for a couple of hours and just reading them cover to cover - the line drawings are just gorgeous:
Anyone ever seen anything like this before? Or been gifted a marvellous stash of vintage goodies that makes your heart sing? Right now I haven't got the time or need to experiment but I'd love to try drafting something out of these books just for fun.....