Thursday 24 April 2014

Vintage Pattern

This week I thought I would share 2 patterns that were once ordered out of a magazine or newspaper and then posted out as ordered.  A simple concept, ahead of its time when you think of how so much is ordered on line and out of magazines etc these days.  They are still in their original envelopes, complete with pattern and instructions.  I picked them up at a snip of $1 each from a lady selling at the Vintage Garden Show At Renningers Antique Centre Mount Dora last year. 

First up is a bathing suit and sundress, perfect pattern for preparation for the summer.

The bathing costume wouldn't be suitable for wearing these days but I think the sundress would fit in quite nicely.  The pattern is well used which does make me wonder who made it and where they went in it...if only patterns could talk.
Next up is a Marian Martin pattern for a dressing gown and pyjamas, sent out from New York to Florida.

I may or may not have put this pattern on one side in preparation for some little gifts in December.  I love the romance and the history combined in old patterns, a thought provoking few moments of its life before entering the world of Mamas Mercantile to be stored and cherished forever.
The thrill is in the hunt so happy hunting.


  1. Wonderful! There is something so special about vintage patterns, and so evocative of a different way of life and different fashions. They are to be enjoyed and treasured!
    I have a few wonderful old vintage patterns too,some glorious full evening gowns from the 40s and 50s amongst others, so glamorous.
    I'm sure the first one will make a beautiful sundress for today as it looks timeless, I hope you share it if you make it!
    Gill xx

  2. Love the patterns !!! Vintage and so feminine !!!
    Time to choose the fabric....
    Have a nice day !

  3. What great patterns. Too think that so many vintage patterns were just discarded. It is wonderful to mull what the former owner may have made with them.

  4. Love the vintage patterns. I can't wait to see what you do with them they are so fun.

  5. These are absolutely wonderful!!! I hope you make the sundress. I'd love to see how it comes out!!! I love that they came from New York!! I just spent the day in Manhattan yesterday. Pictures will be posted next week. Have a beautiful weekend!!!! xoxo

    ~ Wendy

  6. That's a great find. It's nice to know they found a home where they are treasured and loved.
    xx Beca

  7. What lovely patterns mama. You will have to make some sundresses for Lily and Daisy (fingers crossed) x