Two new patterns in the works right now – both at various stages of completion.

First up a 1940’s Bathing Suit/Play Suit.  Even though I know it’s much too cold for this perky little outfit now – it will make a delightful addition to the wardrobe come summer.


This is a lovely pattern from the mid-194o’s, the double tie in front for the halter top is a nice, distinctive touch.


Digitizing is completed.  Graphics scanned.  Currently typing and editing text for the instructions.


November 20, 2009.

After migrating most of the inventory to our new site provider, it became clear that there were a lot of categories that we had few or no patterns in.  Imagine my surprise when I saw that we had not a single 1920’s skirt pattern available!

This pattern seems to catch the classic 1920’s styling perfectly.  And it features three options for the skirt panel insert.  A plain straight panel, a pleated panel, and a gathered draped panel.  The addition of the attached camisole to keep everything in place is found on quite a few of the 1920’s (and some of the 1930’s) patterns in the archive.



4 of 8 pieces digitized and proofed.  Remaining pieces to be digitized, graphics to be scanned.


November 28, 2009

Sew Along Event! 1920’s Cloche Hat!

Announcing the first Vintage Pattern Lending Library Sew Along!

Starting November 6, 2009

The 1920’s Cloche Hat!


The Sew Along is a new Event hosted by the Library that will delve into the details of sewing a specific pattern from the Library’s collection.  Usually the pattern will be one in which the source material instructions are sketchy, incomplete or missing.  However, if there is a popular request, a pattern with more complete instructions may be featured.

For those participating in the Sew Along, the featured pattern will be offered at a discounted cost.  The participants will receive the pattern sheet(s) only.  As the updated graphics and detailed instructions will be posted here on the blog, as we work through them.

Every Friday the next section of the tutorial will be posted.  Participants will have one week to work through the set of directions, and ask questions before the following Friday when the next tutorial will be available.

Until the Sew Along for the current project is complete – it will only be accessible to those who are signed up as participants.

Interested?  Want to Sew Along?  Drop an email to us at:

And a Paypal invoice will be forwarded to you for the pattern sheet, and you will be emailed a list of materials, and registered to access the first tutorial going up on November 6.

News From The Library

All sorts of things this week!

I’ve added Twitter to the website – so I hope you will all go over and sign up at the site’s front page –


Just scroll down towards the bottom and you’ll see the Twitter sign up box.  I’d love to be kept up to date on what vintage fashions you’re sewing!

If you haven’t seen it yet – the 195o Ladies Dress and Jacket is finally finished and up on the website.

f7138_It features some very interesting shaping – including a means of creating an attached collar on the jacket, by slashing the neckline.  The facing of the jacket is also sewn in such a way, as to allow the jacket to “wing open” at the lower edge.  Those little upside down “V”‘s you see in the picture at the bottom of the jacket are openings.

The techniques are so interesting, I’ve been thinking of sewing up the jacket, just to see what it looks like.  Since it’s a smallish size, I wouldn’t be able to actually wear it – but I think it would be a lot of fun to sew.