Thursday, January 17, 2013

Vintage? Really?!?

Time sneaks up on you like a windshield on a bug.
~ John Lithgow

My sister got me an Etsy gift certificate for Christmas.  You know Etsy, right?  It's one of those places where the result of receiving a $30 gift card is a $90 bill...  ;)

Anyways, while browsing I came across a listing for vintage doll clothes patterns.  No specific dates were provided, but I know what I consider vintage and I find myself drawn to all things historical and sewing-related.  So, I purchased them.  And I paid for them.  And the seller put them in the mail.  And I received them.  And as I tenderly held these fragile connections to the women who sewed from past generations I discovered that, by and large the patterns were printed 5 years or so AFTER we were married!!!  

Vintage?  Really?!?   


Okay, I thought you might like to see what the best dressed dolls were wearing in the not-so-distant-to-me-but-apparently-long-enough-to-be-labeled-vintage past:  

Here's the "Modern New Born Romper Suit:"

Of course, if you have twins, you'll want to dress them in these matching brother & sister Modern New Born overalls instead:  

This next one is probably my favorite, because it is inspired by "Shirley" and if you  have to ask "Shirley who?" then you really are young!  

At least this design LOOKS like my idea of vintage:  

The next pattern boasts "French Hand Sewing by Machine" - that just sounds wrong to me...  

And this christening gown makes me doubt the veracity of the brand name "Easy Sew Designs"

Here's a dress for a toddler - it scores higher marks in adorableness than it does in practicality, I think:  

Last, but not least, the traditional baby jester outfit:  

If you'd like to see "inside" any of these patterns, just let me know and I'll post more details.  (You might as well pick your favorite, because I'm likely to do this anyways, just to generate a few more posts for my blog!)  


  1. Well-those are cute patterns,although you didn't get what you thought you were paying for. I too, like the Shirley dress, and yes, I know who she is! It amazes me when someone doesn't know Shirley or Elvis or John Wayne, for instance. I guess I think everyone is as old as me!

    1. I know what you mean! I'm the oldest in my work group and I don't usually think about the age difference, but then something cultural will come up that was a big part of my childhood or teenage years or young adulthood and many of them won't have any idea what I'm talking about and it brings me up short...

      Of course, to be fair, there are probably twice as times when I'm clueless about today's culture! ;)