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Date: 1/8/08 8:00 PM

Just wondering if there is anybody here who sews vintage children's clothing? Probably not too many, but I'd love to have a place to see other people's work and oogle over patterns.

I just started sewing this year. Haven't made the leap into sewing for myself yet since it is so much fun to sew for my kids while they are still young. I especially LOVE the 1940s and Shirley Temple styles and just bought my first vintage pattern. A Size 2 pinafore by DuBarry:


I haven't received it yet and I don't know how hard it will be to create vs. modern patterns but I am really looking forward to it!
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Date: 1/8/08 8:30 PM

Very cute pattern--I love the vintage styles for all ages.

For the vintage sewing contest, I sewed this pattern



It was a lot of fun to make, although I had to make a few minor adjustments for fit.


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Subject: Vintage Childrens Clothing Date: 1/8/08 9:34 PM

i have some vintage patterns stashed . . . they were ones my mom sewed for us girls when we were little 40 some odd years ago. i can hardly wait until my granddaughter is big enough to fit into them.

i think what makes them so special is the details. i also like vintage for all ages.

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Date: 1/9/08 10:37 PM

I love these, too, and I use them to make clothes for my granddaughters. You can see them on my blog www.retrograce.blogspot.com There are a couple made up, but you will have to go through the links.

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Date: 1/10/08 9:56 AM

mikkim - I think I have seen that pattern on ebay. I love it.. and it was fun to see it made up for the contest!

didda I hear you. I actually told my husband that I would probably need to wait until I have grandchildren myself before I can really indulge my current obsession with vintage children's clothing... since my children are toddlers I suppose that will be a while. (I hope!) I hope to make some things though before my daughter gets too big!

Retro Grace I enjoyed looking through your blog and want to check out some more later. I saw a bunch of patterns that really got my heart pitter pattering! Plus I love your fabric choices. And I need to take a closer look at that collar that looks like it has a heart cut out. That was utterly delightful!
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I am thinking of using some of the Michael Miller di## and Jane fabric for my pinafore.

Or to get really crazy:


Maybe its cheesy to use vintage themed fabric for a vintage pattern? Maybe I should use something more period appropriate. I'll probably use a small print for my muslin at any rate.
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Question: Since I haven't actually attempted to sew from a vintage pattern ... how much different are theyfrom modern patterns? Are they much more difficult? I realize that this is an absurdly general question but if there are any general tips on sewing vintage patterns I would love to hear them!
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Date: 1/10/08 10:49 AM

I love vintage children's patterns! Since I am 16 years older than my youngest sister, I decided that I wanted to start a fun tradition on her birthdays, something I can do for her even when I've moved out. So every year I'm making her a Birthday Dress! Right now I planning the 3rd one, as her birthday is in February. So far, I've used vintage patterns for all of them, including this one.

Fun thread! Can't wait to see pictures of other people's patterns.

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Date: 1/10/08 3:46 PM

Maimie you are the best big sister ever! My sister is 13 years older than I am and barely noticed I was alive much less made gifts for me. (She had issues.) Your sister will treasure those dresses forever especially when she looks back and realizes how special it was for her sister to make such things for her! Can't wait to see her new dress and would love to see the other dresses if you have photos of those.

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Date: 1/23/08 3:56 PM

I just got another pattern in the mail that I bought on Ebay:

I love the vertical scalloped edge down the front of the dress.

I now have 2 vintage dress patterns... a pinafore and this one with sleeves. No more patterns for me until I actually sew one. Both are a Size 2 though which means they are too big for my daughter. I might sew one anyway just to practice and see how it fits. I dont know when I will get a chance though ... I am about to embark on a massive Warm Windows project.

I opened the pinafore dress pattern and read the instructions. I think I might be over reaching a little bit becuase they were obviously saving paper when they printed the instructions ... not very detailed. But I think that somebody with 6 whole months of sewing experience should be able to handle the challenge. This is why I like sewing for small children... I don't waste too much material if the effort is a bust! Fortunately thanks to Pattern Review, books and the internet I've been able to figure out
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