Sunday, May 27, 2012

Vintage Sewing


Last summer my Mother-in-Law introduced me to Alma Jane's, a gem of a vintage store in La Grande, Oregon. The owner created the store in the memory of her mother, Alma Jane. If you ever drive through Eastern Oregon, I definitely recommend making a stop there. Great finds and very reasonable prices.

My favorite part: a whole room of vintage sewing supplies and patterns where we discovered this diamond of a pattern from 1958:

(My copy was owned by a woman named Rita who signed her name on the envelope. 
Too perfect for a vintage pattern right!?)


With that darted bodice (for a toddler!) and full tiered skirt, I just couldn't say no. It was so much fun to make!


This dress was just asking for a voluminous petti-skirt to complete the look.

I loved taking Teagan to church in this. Not only was it fun to walk behind Teagan as the dress swished around her. I also loved all the attention she got from the grandmas who apparently all had dresses like this one as children. Too cute!

My only regret is that I wish I had made it out of the same blue polka dotted fabric as this skirt. Or even a pink polka dot like the pattern cover. While I like the floral I picked, the darts and lace on the tiers get lost in the pattern. I guess I just may have to make another one.


In other news, Teagan has recently begun to enjoy creating her own poses. Apparently being a top model requires that you creatively contort your body. She did this pose after every step as she hopped from stone to stone.

12 comments:

Ramona Burke said...

Ridiculously cute! time to dive into my stash of vintage and sew some dresses for my little...

Stephanie said...

Lovely, could stare at it all day :)

Elizabeth J. Neal said...

I'm just sharing my version. I made this as a gift for a girl who just turned 12. I've seen lots of gorgeous versions online like this one on Anthropologie or this nice DIY one on Martha ,but I needed to make something a little bit more youthful looking - so here's what I came up with! click here

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Karen Irish said...

I wish I had made it out of the same blue polka dotted fabric as this skirt. Or even a pink polka dot like the pattern cover best reverse osmosis system 2016.

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This is also excellent to ensure stability of any garment, and is easily cut away. best weight lifting bench

Marcus Vincent said...

I've seen lots of gorgeous versions online like this one on Anthropologie or this nice DIY one on Martha Best Snow Joe Pressure Washer

Richard C. Lambert said...

A lot of machines today come with a hard or vinyl cover but after all the hard work I put my sewing machine through, I thought she deserved a bright, colorful accessory. my site

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James Gerber said...

So cute! I will have to make it for my daughter. It will be gift for her on birthday! best home espresso machine

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