Hats have been popular with our vintage pledgers this year. Check out these three lovely examples:
Beyond Measure, Black Tulip, Petit Main Sauvage (Photos from their blogs)
Mrs Depew of A Few Threads Loose wrote a great post earlier this year about vintage hat patterns, as apparently accessory and hat patterns are particularly rare and prized. The 1930s hat pattern she mentions sold for over $200!
I had to include this Betsey Johnson pattern for a hat and sandals, because I've never seen anything like it
The sandals and hat are pretty special - plus paired with a head-to-toe green look, makes for a memorable outfit!
This McCalls 'Crazy Caps' pattern also caught my eye:
The Vintage Pattern Wiki has a section for Babushkas, which are those headscarves, usually tied under the chin. I didn't know what they were called, and now I do, although I doubt I'll be making one.
The design of these hasn't changed for decades so a vintage pattern is unlikely to look out of place with a modern wardrobe. They make good gifts due to lack of fitting required, and you could personalise with initials too, if you were feeling fancy.
Make Up Capes
OK, so who knew this was a thing? The pattern above is described on Vintage Pattern Wiki as:
Companion-Butterick 2298; ca. 1942; Women's and Misses' Make-Up Cape or Robe. The simple, quick and effective way of keeping your dress neat. A, waist length tie-on beauty make-up cape that will cover your shoulders and yet allow freedom of movement. B, the alternate long length beauty robe. "Quick and Easy".
And yep, just look at this...
Anyone fancy trying to revive this as a fashion statement?
I've made a few toys from vintage patterns and patterns can generally be found cheaply on eBay. I've made a large horse-shaped floor cushion as well as a vintage quiet/activity book from 1970s patterns.
Simplicity's vintage reissues include dolls clothes patterns for dolls of different sizes.
This is so kitsch and perfectly 1960s:
A man's tie pattern like this would probably be something you'd use over and over again:
I hope you've found something here of interest, all images from the Vintage Pattern Wiki, unless stated otherwise.
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