Free Dress Sloper and Self Drafted Patterns from Pattern Drafting and Grading, by Michael Rohr, 1961

This is a fabulous pattern drafting book from 1961 that shows you how to make a ton of different really pretty sewing patterns! I've been trying all year to find a physical copy of this book, but unfortunately it seems to be pretty hard to find, especially for a reasonable price. Luckily it's available to … Continue reading Free Dress Sloper and Self Drafted Patterns from Pattern Drafting and Grading, by Michael Rohr, 1961

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1960’s Fashion Inspiration from Simplicity Pattern Catalogues

There is a lot of clothing inspiration to be found in vintage sewing pattern catalogues! Today I'm sharing a few images from two 1960's catalogues for Simplicity sewing patterns. The first few pictures I'm sharing are from the October 1964: (Click to enlarge images) I love the illustrations!  In the first image I love that … Continue reading 1960’s Fashion Inspiration from Simplicity Pattern Catalogues

Sewing after Dark with my new friend Harlow, a White Model 1099 Sewing Machine!

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to acquire a White model 1099 Jeans sewing machine, in cabinet, with manual and some accessories, for free. I absolutely love this machine, it works perfectly even though it had not been used in quite a number of years, and the quiet clackity clack sounds it makes … Continue reading Sewing after Dark with my new friend Harlow, a White Model 1099 Sewing Machine!

1967 Singer Golden Touch & Sew Commercial, Be the Girl with the Golden Touch!

"Get the most fun out of life/out of being a mother and wife/with new fashion excitement that's all created by you!" What a jingle. Just under half a century before Apple started marketing gold iPhones, Singer was shilling these Golden Touch & Sews to housewives. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sO5ojdG2QMk I've read before that the Touch & Sew model … Continue reading 1967 Singer Golden Touch & Sew Commercial, Be the Girl with the Golden Touch!