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.
The vintage prairie dress and shirt revival styles of the ’80s offered puffed sleeves, high collars and ruffle fronts and offset buttons in the kind of traditional patterns and colors popular a century earlier.
Look years back at teachers, students and old school classrooms from more than a century ago, and see what education was like back then.
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.
One little piece of felt, cut in a simple shape, a few quick stitches – and, presto! – a hat! Here are some simple vintage one-piece hats you can sew.
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!
Why were vintage Biba clothes so popular, even among celebrities like Twiggy and Mia Farrow? Part of it was that its mini-clothes could be bought on a mini-budget.
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!
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.
The 1860s were a time of great conflict and stress, but that didn’t mean that formal Civil War-era dresses were suddenly less extravagant — they were anything but.
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!
Find out all about the classic movie, The Wizard of Oz, in this collection of vintage articles – including interviews with the cast, peeks behind the scenes, costume info, photos, videos and more!
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.
Holly Hobbie was the old-fashioned girl dressed in calico with lace-up boots and an enormous sunbonnet who appeared on everything from curtains to clothing.
For Valentine’s Day or any day, you can re-create these pretty heart cross-stitch patterns with these designs and directions from 1955.
Make some retro ornaments for your Christmas tree with these crafts from the ’60s: they’re fanciful birds and butterflies in inexpensive, easy-to-sew felt.
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.
Planning a wedding with a classic old-fashioned feel? Check out this collection of beautiful vintage wedding dresses from the first decade of the 1900s!
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.
Here are some vintage tips for how to tie-dye clothes, right from the ’60s & ’70s. The results are vibrant patterns, from geometric to lush organic effects.
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!
Here are some crafty Christmas tree ornaments you can sew yourself, using scraps of fabric! There are four different designs using an inexpensive patchwork design.
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.
Take a sweater, trim a sweater… and thereby add a whole new fashion dimension to your wardrobe. A dress or a skirt becomes a costume when it has its own sweater.
6 million teenagers love to sew – this is what they will make this fall Full of enthusiasm, teenagers all over the country will welcome
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.
This retro-style bulletin board is framed by satiny stars, clouds, and moon crescents is guaranteed to add a soft touch to your room.
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 six full-color fashion layouts – with 44 different outfits – as published in The Delineator during the summer of 1922!
Now is the time to do pine-needle work for the summer porch The fragrant pine needle lends itself almost irresistibly to basketwork. It is firm
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.
From campus to kitchen, They’re wearing culottes by Margaret Parker Gary, Women’s Day Fashion Department Good campus companions — jerkin and knee-length culottes in an Orlon-and-wool blend,
There’s big news this spring for the home sewer who likes polka dots. Here, in variety, are dotted fabrics in a number of the newest pattern designs.
For more classic fashion from the twenties, check out Vintage Women: Adult Coloring Book #3: Vintage Fashion from the Early 1920s and Vintage Women: Adult
Mme Demorest’s Emporium of Fashions – 473 Broadway, New York We think our lady readers will be both interested and benefited by having their attention called
Inventions that changed the world – Famous inventions trading cards Marconi transmitting apparatus Edison’s first phonograph The invention of the Electric tram Modern lighthouse lantern Pratt’s
Sweaters made with Fleisher Yarns have an unusual fineness and delicacy. This is due to the remarkable softness and evenness of the yarn. The directions
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
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.
Here’s a look at a few daywear and sportswear ensembles of the mid-1930s!
No-sew wrap-and-go fashion From a beach cover-up to a party dress, the perennial “pareo” does it all, with just two yards of fabric or a
Hawaiian Happenings See Hawaii and its most dynamic musical entertainer in their first TV special Singer Presents Hawaiian-Ho! Starring Don Ho Come to Hawaiian Happenings at
Planning desk trims Slipcover sides of a blotter pad with terry cloth. Cut to the height of panel, plus 1-inch seam allowance, and twice the
by Mrs Osborn, creator of fashions for the fashionable women of America A) Wedding dress with Valenciennes lace & embroidered roses A wedding gown of