vintage patterns

Sunday, August 22, 2010

1950s Simplicity Dress Pattern

Once I got to study this pattern, I realized how much I would like to make a dress and jacket using this pattern. What actually sold me was that it is dated 1950, so close to the 40s a period of clothes that I considered vintage growing up. I love the lace wrap overskirt and dolman sleeve jacket.

I'll trace the pattern, since it is uncut and alter it to fit a larger size.

So, back into my collection it goes until spring.

I do make custom clothing for sale, some from patterns and some patterns I design, depending on how the fabric speaks to me.

I don't stop there, because having six children; I loved making frilly little dresses with lots of details for the girls, never made much for the boys.

I am whipping out a few dresses for my granddaughter; I should get her to model them.

Monday, August 16, 2010

A quick trip to Sacramento, Calif

We took a quick weekend trip to Sacramento to visit baby Allison.

Here are some quick photos of Old Town Sacramento.

Add, this is the way one would travel around the country, if they didn't travel by stagecoach.

The Delta river boats are from New Orleans and are now home on the Sacramento River.

 The skyscape in Old Town, a waiter waiting for folks to come in and eat, drink and be refreshed.              
Opps, low batteries no more pictures!

And, of course the baby....

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Brookings Coast Trip and Some Lovely Shops

I am a little late getting these photos posted as planned, but here we go.........

The Salty Dog Coffee shop in Brookings Harbour where we had our morning coffee and the local fishermen gathered to shoot the breeze.

Kids Town at Azalea City Park, Brookings, Oregon

This little kids town had it all, swinging bridges,
towering forts, and sliding hand rails.

A great place to play tag.


Drove eight miles up river to the State Park on the Chetco River for a picknic and a little swimming. We were at the sallow end.

Lily Rain skipping stones.

Brookings just happened to be having a Saturday night artwalk. This lovely store Feather Your Nest had a drawing for a great basket of goodies, and, I WON!

I am pictured in the center with owners Sue and Martha. The store carries such a lovely collection of home decor, and gifts for the garden and home. For the artwalk they were also serving chocolate wine along with hor d'oeuvres. You can contact them at 541-469-4300 or

I found this section as I meandered through rooms with lovely displays of beautiful cottage chic, it is a little room full of their vintage fabric, buttons, and sewing paraphernalia.
 A vintage sewers dream come true.


                  And, let's not forget the harbour and the beach, where we found agates galore!

I took this piece of driftwood home with me and it now has a majestic place in my garden.

One last stop.....Gasquet, California, along the Redwood Highway 199 (I do have some great shots of the redwoods from another trip).........

This great little vintage shop has some fantastic bargains. Love my 1920-30s embroidered silk dress, which I do not as yet have a picture. Unfortunately I did not get the owners name, very lovely lady. I think it was her sister who had a fruit stand next door, oh my gosh the best juiciest peaches.