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dubarry sewing – best colors for your type

Today I have some images from a great sewing booklet by DuBarry Patterns, published in 1945. It includes tons of tips and techniques for sewing success as well as a really great color photo chart suggesting which colors suit you best! I’ve included both the full spread, and a much larger scan so you can […]

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Free Download - 16 page PDF and eBook - Butterick Fashion News April 1943

BUTTERICK FASHION NEWS – APRIL 1943

Another free download for you! This issue of Butterick Fashion News contains sixteen pages of beautiful illustrations of the latest sewing patterns available in April 1943. There are some seriously gorgeous styles in this one! To purchase original catalogs (just like this one!) and sewing patterns, please visit Judy at vintage4me2. Judy is currently having […]

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MCCALL 5557 – PART TWO

After the weather put a damper on my first attempt to photograph this skirt, I decided to write about it in two parts. In Part One I shared all about the “guts” of my skirt, that is, the inside details of construction and how I sewed it all up. But for those of you who […]

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preparing for pants

Next up on my Twelve Pattern Challenge agenda: Pants. I already have a pants pattern in my T.P.C queue but there are a few things that are making me hold off on it for now. I’ve sewn the Simplicity 3688 trousers a few times before (here, here, and here) and they have great potential, but […]

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MCCALL 5557 – PART ONE

The weather is still brutally cold and windy so I haven’t been able to get more real outfit photos like I want, but I can show you the bones of my skirt in the meantime while I wait out Mother Nature. This is McCall 5557, a vintage skirt pattern from 1944 that I bought from […]

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my twelve pattern challenge

I had a big enlightening moment at the end of 2013 that sparked an idea that would overhaul my entire approach to sewing. Last year I was constantly choosing patterns to sew that never got worn, I wasn’t making an effort to alter patterns that didn’t fit, I wasn’t choosing quality fabrics, and I wasn’t […]

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organic cotton archer – 1940s style

This project barely took anytime to come to fruition in my brain. I quite literally live in button up shirts (even sleep in them) so it was absolutely essential that I make one for myself sooner than later. Thus, Archer Appreciation Month was born! I’ve sewn with the luscious cotton sateen from Organic Cotton Plus […]

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simplicity preview – january 1947

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Here’s a little present for you – Simplicity’s mini sewing pattern catalog from 1947, full of beautiful New Look styles to inspire you in the New Year! Please feel free to link to this page, pin this page, or send your friends here. Please do not redistribute, re-post, or sell […]

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how to sew a 1940s collar

Many seamstresses shy away from sewing collared shirts and dresses because the instructions can be pretty daunting to look at on paper. The good thing about 1940′s collars, like the one on this DuBarry Jumper Dress from 1943, is you usually don’t have to sew the dreaded collar stand. But even the lack of stand […]

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free download – simplicity patterns nov. 1943

Here’s a special Christmas edition of Simplicity’s mini sewing pattern catalog from 1943. Fun, festive stuff in this one! Please feel free to link to this page, pin this page, or send your friends here. Please do not redistribute, re-post, or sell these downloads (in whole or part) anywhere else. I have made it available […]

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