As long as antique & vintage buttons have adorned our clothing and shoes, people have been collecting them. Made from a multitude of materials – from metal to bone, wood to plastic – buttons are miniature pieces of everyday history.
In both 1975 and 1978, singer Helen Reddy took national magazine photographers on tours of her California home, which was full of music, plants and country charm. Here’s a look inside!
Take a look back at these creative handmade vintage quilts from the ’70s. These are the 51 prize winners out of almost 10,000 entries.
From the last year of the 1860s – just four years after the end of the Civil War – come these dozen fashion plates showing antique walking dresses.
What should you put in a hope chest? Linens and items for the home after the wedding, or clothing for the bride’s trousseau? Here are answers from 100 years ago!
Most of these vintage designs were intended to provide suggestions for embroidery or other needlework to adorn clothing and linens, or to for the kind of knicknacks people desired long ago. We wanted to restore these antique graphics and create from them coloring pages that would appeal to hobbyists and artists today.
These sweet bandana baby clothes are wearing tops made from the kind of cotton scarves you can buy anywhere. Here’s how to make these outfits from 1977!
Based on one of the many traditional needlework crafts, these vintage needlepoint designs might just inspire you to get creative in all-new ways!
Try your hand at these traditional patterns for Americana quilts – the pride of America’s past, and adaptable for many uses today.
Make bedtime wonderfully wild with these lion and elephant quilted comforters for kids, that can turn nights from hassle to heyday. See how to make them here.
See several savvy ’60s sewing machines here – tune the knob and so straight stitching, fancy embroidery, mending, button-sewing and beyond.
Stitch your own American folk patchwork and make a beautiful wall hanging for your home with the help of these patterns & style ideas from the ’70s!
Old-fashioned Granny squares are easy to do and multiply so fast, you can turn out an afghan fast. And since you crochet a square at a time, you can carry them anywhere.
Before the Civil War, popular Elegant Victorian dresses were not just several feet wide and many layers think, but there were different dresses for dinner, evening, carriage rides and beyond.
The Mary Tyler Moore Show stars Mary in the role of Mary Richards, a small-town single girl who moves to the big city and lands a job as associate producer of a news program on a local TV station.
For Valentine’s Day or any day, you can re-create these pretty heart cross-stitch patterns with these designs and directions from 1955.
You can create new fashions from old clothing! Here, see how a moth-eaten bathrobe and skirt, an outgrown blouse, knee-worn slacks were converted into sparkling new accessories.
Stored away and preserved for fifty years, this lovely heirloom wedding dress of silk satin was easily converted into a modern wedding gown for a new bride.
History repeats itself — in fashions, too! (1972) Fashions Americana There was the prairie dress with the ruffles and bows — its pretty popover pinafore…
Who remembers when these vintage Singer sewing machines were new? One big seller was the Swing-Needle SINGER Automatic, which came in black or beige, in lovely cabinet or portable style.
Looking for some DIY ’70s clothes? Here are some quickie, kicky, catalytic young wearables to make out of this and that for next to nothing!
Opulent enough even for fashionable Linda Gray – Dallas’ superspender Sue Ellen Ewing – she models these high-style silk dresses were stylish in the eighties.
Who invented the sewing machine? That really depends on how much progress has to be made for something to be considered ‘invented.’ Find out more!
There were several great vintage Halloween costume patterns available in the ’70s and ’80s. Butterick, Simplicity and McCalls all offered some basic costume designs and many variations were possible.
Shortly before her clothing line debuted – and back when her son, Anderson Cooper, was 8 years old – the multi-talented heiress Gloria Vanderbilt came out with her own print magazine: Gloria Vanderbilt Designs for Your Home.
Here are vintage Victorian directions for a Marie Antoinette dress sewing pattern for a little girl, trimmed with bias ruffles, and headed with a bais band of satin.
There is not a man living who does not like to see a woman in an apron. Every groom dreams of his young wife donning an apron in which to pour his coffee.
Here are several suggestions for embroidery you can use on little gifts, each one of which can be made in an evening, along with some bonus patterns.
This photo of a mother and her child visiting the park probably shows the baby tucked under an inverted open-frame trash can
Beautiful products of the needle which the busy girl is turning out for the holiday season Aprons are already beginning to play an important part
Fashions for fun – with teen jive! America’s feminine teenagers, who have acquired a reputation as inventors of their own fashion fads — plus their own colorful
Introducing Sew Magic & Sew Perfect… real sewing without needle and thread. Now your little girl can sew-and-create just about anything she dreams up.
An Owl Whoo’s Pretty Square Covered with squares, in fact — but wisely covered with terry too, and oh such a soft pillow. Size: 12″
Flower Basket needlepunch bedspread Sears “Flower Basket.” The brilliant beauty of needlepunch. Sears revives an American Colonial design. And an almost lost American art form
by Mrs Osborn, creator of fashions for the fashionable women of America A) Wedding dress with Valenciennes lace & embroidered roses A wedding gown of
Party aprons and serving holders Ever since Madame Schiaparelli wore lovely aprons as part of her hostess gowns, we’ve been on the alert for something
American needlework: Weaving by Rose Wilder Lane Weaving, the crisscrossing of strands together to make a fabric, is the only art craft to engage and
Mementos of our American heritage Create your own souvenirs of the Bicentennial. Stitch a colorful cherry branch on a 17″ square linen pillow (top). It’s
The signs of the zodiac, originated by some ingenious stargazer thousands of years ago, have persisted through the ages not only as astrological and astronomical symbols but also in many forms of art.
Make a happy face It’s easy to put on a happy face, a funny face, or any kind of face you fancy with these soft,
Jiffy-make ponchos Start with new fabric or cut up an old skirt for this summer’s most popular topping Our carefree tie-on poncho is cut in
Make-overs for a head start on spring As welcome as the first spring days of March is a wardrobe pickup. It’s a good idea to
Sew up some beautiful savings To brighten your home without depressing your budget, spruce up your possessions with imaginative sewing projects. All it takes is
Carleton Varney’s Room of the Month My November room is warm and sunny — adazzle with yellow, the go-with-anything color. By itself, yellow is neither
Decorating with easy-to-sew lace It’s easy and inexpensive to create a heirloom look for your home with today’s machine-made laces. From Simplicity Pattern #6134: bassinet skirt,
To spark your wardrobe: Suede Luscious colors in skins to cut and sew yourself At last, leather steps down from the luxury class into a
The fresh look in fabrics for spring Here they are — some of the most refreshing new drapery fabrics we’ve seen in many a springtime.
Antique needlepoint sampler A century-old record of embroidery stitches and designs that are just as adaptable today as they ever were by Roxa Wright, needlework
Needle-case of perforated cardboard by Mrs Jane Weaver Materials: Medium-sized perforated cardboard, colored silk, and sewing silk [thread] to match. Construction: Cut pieces of cardboard