I was enthralled by my first choice of pattern, the smocking or gathering is a real delight.
It was printed in 1958 by McCall Corporation in the USA and brings back memories of my childhood as these were the sort of dresses I wore as a child, along with a knitted cardigan.
It is complete and so could be used, a few minor adjustments would make it quite contemporary.
My second pattern is another top that caught my eye with smocking, three variations and quite modern trousers with poppers on the inside for easy nappy change.
This is a 1966 pattern and yet looks quite modern. Another McCall's pattern printed in the USA.
The first pattern cost 45c in America, 2/9d in UK in 1958. The second pattern was 50c in America 5/- in UK which in todays money is 25p in 1966, 5c difference or 2/3d difference in 8 years.
My third pattern is for a little romper suit, I can remember my brother wearing these many moons ago. A pretty little dress too that wouldn't look out of place today.
Printed by Practical Fashions Ltd in London costing 25p.
The pattern has hardly been used, so not a much loved pattern by the previous owners.
My fourth pattern is again one that could be adapted for modern times a practical overall, bib and brace type trouser/short.
This pattern is a Simplicity pattern printed in UK in 1972 on a trademark of Simplicity Pattern Co New York.
I do wonder how much adjustment would be needed to accommodate disposable nappies rather than the bulky terry towelling ones that were used back in the day.
My final pattern is a beautiful 1967 Simplicity pattern for a christening gown and layette.
The pattern makes my heart sing, I am going to have a closer look at it and at the very least make the bib.
This post has taken me so long to type as I keep getting the patterns out and browsing the instructions and measurements. I do wonder how many babies have worn these garments and think of the love poured into them as they were made, what a lovely thought.
Five beautiful vintage patterns that I hope you have enjoyed looking at as much as I have sharing them with you.
I think my next job is going to be checking what fabrics I have in my stash, I just love shopping from the craft room.