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.


Unknown 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 :)
James Gerber said…
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