|Route 66 ran right thru the town where I grew up.|
My friend Tilly suggested I start a blog, as I usually send out more than a few emails when I complete a project (with photos, of course). So here goes. I've recently purchased 2 vintage sewing patterns via Ebay (thanks to Tilly's suggestion) and it jives nicely with the vintage knitting pattern I made last winter. So here's a Slenderette pattern (Simplicity 2847 - 1950s?) I completed a few weeks ago (just in time for Tilly's DC trip, of course), made with Route 66 print fabric. (You'll soon notice that my husband & I like "cool" prints.) I happened to have a red belt that I got at Esprit in SFO back in the late 1980s with great western-style icons on it (horse, cactus, etc), and it works perfectly.
I don't know about you, but I think those old patterns take a lot for granted. They seem to have less instructions than patterns do nowadays, even though the patterns are more difficult. It must be a reflection of the good old days when most girls learned how to sew and would already know things I've had to figure out. I wish my mother lived closer--she is an expert seamstress and can figure out things so quickly.
Fortunately, as I've gotten older (I'll be 50 soon), I've realized that do-overs aren't time wasters. Instead, they fix the item so I won't be ashamed to wear it! I am also better about not getting bored with something...I either stick with it 'til the end, or I put it aside until I feel like working on it. (I have a wool cardigan that I lost interest in when the temperature outside got to 85F, but I'll get back to it this September.)
Update: I have been wondering about the date of this pattern, so just did some research: ©1958