Thursday, January 07, 2010

My Very Vintage Christmas Gift

Welcome to the first Vintage Thingies Thursday for 2010. I can't believe I almost missed it. Since I don't work or go anywhere, sometimes I lose track of days, and yesterday I was really tired and fell asleep in the afternoon on the couch. When I woke up all groggy, I just went off to bed, not remembering my VIT (Very Important Thursday)! Luckily nature has called at 3:00 AM and I am here writing my post!Like many of those in the VTT circle, I received a Christmas gift for something vintage I had been craving. It was specifically from my mom, not both parents, and she didn't have to spend any money because it came from...drumroll please....[ratatatatatatat] the second floor crawlspace beneath the eaves! Nope, not the basement; there are many places to hoard things in the house on Cinnamon Lane. I have been bugging my mom about her old sewing patterns for over a year, and I guess she's been on an exploratory mission looking for them for several months.
 
I thought they were in the hope chest in the dining room, a simple place to get them, but my poor 70 year old mother had to go crawling through a dusty old crawlspace, and who knows where else in her quest.  She probably only did it because I'm her favorite. Or to hide from my dad. Or to shut me up. Who knows?! Anyhow, here they are, exactly as she found them, stored in this nice basket, with a note pinned to the first one about checking for all the pieces.

I'm loving these pant suits. They scream 70s.

I like how this one can go from being kind of nurse-like with a smock and pants to a cute dress. Very versatile pattern.

More pant suits and tunics. I am wondering about the girl in the blue dress...didn't her mom tell her ladies don't stand like that? Also, why do all these girls have such skinny legs?

I'll show you more of the patterns in the future; this post has been very wordy and you have many other Vintage Thingies Thursday participants to visit! When you visit our hostess Suzanne @ ColoradoLady be sure to check out her cute new blog design. She even had a new VTT button made!

Photobucket

22 comments:

Maria said...

What a nice collection of old patterns, I do believe my mother has a collection like this aswell.

The Crazy Suburban Mom said...

My grandmother had tons of patterns - drawer-fulls. I wish Id kept them. So much!

Happy VTT!

Tracy

Hampers said...

wow...Your Christmas gifts looks wonderful. It was nice going through your blog. keep up the good work.

concretenprimroses said...

They are wonderful graphically. So nice of your mom to crawl around the hidden places of the house for you!
I gave away a bunch to the thrift store cuz I wasnt doing anything with them a few years ago. I figured it was time to pass them on. What are your plans with them?
Kathy

Postcardy said...

Nice memories. I wonder whether any of the finished products mad from the patterns are still around.

Jingle said...

Those are so fun!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow Elizabeth I love your old sewing patterns. I think I remember some of those styles :-) Great gift!

Jocelyn
http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/
http://happycottagequilter.blogspot.com/

Vonlipi said...

Very nice! I love old patterns.:)

ClassyChassy said...

You are too funny - examining the posing of those skinney legged models on the patterns!!! Love it! Take care!

Denise Marie said...

yeah, baby!

~~Carol~~ said...

Bless your Mom a hundred times over for crawling around looking for those for you! What a sweetheart! And these bring back memories of when I would sew ALOT of my own clothes, at my Mother's sewing machine!
Happy VTT!
Carol

Becky said...

Elizabeth, I am right there with you on not being sure what day it is since I work from home. I missed posting VTT this week.

Love, love, love your patterns! I have that smock pattern! It's the first garment I made for me. My dress dummy, Ethel, is wearing said smock. Now I have an idea for a VTT post!

CC said...

I love the sewing patterns..and the fact that your mother went to such trouble, makes them even more special. Some of the outfits on the pattern fronts,I really like. Specially the smock top and pants..they're really pretty. Happy VTT..have a lovely weekend.

Justine said...

OMG, you cracked me up. I can just see your mom crawling through the dust just to stay away from your dad. Heeheehee!

Now why did you want these? I doubt you'll be sewing some hot 70s clothes...

Justine :o )

Dorte H said...

Oh, these patterns are just gorgeous!

I remember the times when my sister and I said, ´We will never wear ... again´. And we didn´t ... for years at least :D

Jane said...

Thanks for making me laugh...I loved the comment about the girl in the blue dress! I have a thing for vintage patterns too but I like the one's from the 40's and 50's. I have found a few for a few dollars each but they can get pricey so my collection is small.
Have a great weekend.
Jane

Coloradolady said...

That blue dress comment was too funny. I so remember these pant suits, my grandma worked in a sewing factory, and always had some like this for my aunt and mom...brought back lots of memories! Happy VTT!

Maureen said...

Hahaha.....naughty blue girl. Pantsuits were all the rage then...hmmm...I remember one I had. I thought I was so cool.

Serendipity Handmade said...

Well you know I LOVE those patterns Elizabeth! I'm going to be doing a post about preservation of vintage patterns on my blog this month so you may want to watch for it.

marian said...

i'm ssoo glad your mum didn't throw them out after all these years..btw that simplicity pattern with the smock looks very familiar i think i might have it stashed away somewhere :))

Myblogspan said...

Wow... Your Christmas gifts looks wonderful!! love it!!
Thanks for sharing

Miri said...

Great gift-wonderful pattern collection! I'm all for the A-line dress with the puffy sleeves :)