Up first is this standard issue housewife's handbook by Better Homes & Gardens Sewing Book circa 1962-1965
It looks straight forward enough on the cover, a no nonsense guide to straight hems...
...but when you open it up, you are treated to a blast of color and a fantastically Mid Century craft & sewing room that would be the envy of any crafty lady (myself included) in today's day and age. Hello starburst clock! Hello drop down ironing board! Hello cheery yellow walls! When can I move in?
There are detailed instructions on how to make some of the standards of the 1960's like Shift dresses and different versions of the standard evening dress.
There are mostly illustrations and instructions in the BH&G guide to sewing, so if you want real honest to goodness patterns, try our next collection, of Stretch & Sew patterns on for size (one size fits all!)
I'd date these to the late 60's early 70's...judging by the size of the bells on those pants!
Look chic in the ever so versatile fabric of the future, Polyester!
The very best part of this lot is the accompanying book that showcases all of the Far-Out Fashions and the cat-eye bespectacled church ladies that wear & make them! OMG, I'm IN LOVE with the photos in this book!
Allright! All aboard the Stretch & Sew Express!
Here is one of our very lovely Stretch & Sew Matrons sporting a pinstripe cape and pencil skirt number. Doesn't she look fetching!
Look at this lady with the perfectly coiffed bob with bangs wearing the same exact top as Bert from Sesame Street! Perhaps she is in the park to feed the pigeons...Burt had a thing for pigeons too.
More of our Matrons hard at work in the fabric store. These books & patterns are marked with an address for a Stretch & Sew store that used to exist in our town. It is long gone now, but what we still have is Fabric Town U.S.A. that still looks EXACTLY like these pictures. I do believe the same ladies have worked there for centuries.
The fellas also love Stretch & Sew! Why, here is Herb modeling his favorite alpaca cardigan. What a smart looking fella! All the other gents down at the lodge will be green with envy!
And lastly....if you thought putting dogs into ridiculous outfits was a modern fad, think again!
They still did it in the 60's, they just used poodles instead of chihuahuas! I find this picture so funny! The dog looks mortified. As if it wasn't bad enough that he has the dog world's silliest haircut, his doting owner is about to sew him a Where's Waldo pull-over. Ahahahaha!
How about some COLOR? Lets take a 'trip' to the 70's! Prepare to be wowed by the energetic and glowing (sometimes literally) models in the pages of Restyling Your Wardrobe and The Sporting Scene, two DIY fashion books. Get ready to disco baby!
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Up first, Restyling Your Wardrobe, which is covered in some very mod canvas material
Inside is a round up of fantastic fashions!
Flapper inspired style a'la the 70's
Oh how I want this dress! And that hair! Did you notice it was a Before & After re-do? Look at he before on the left, what an improvement!
Smart office attire in the drabest of drabs, but check out that industrial fireplace in the background!
Another Before & After re-do. I like the frumpy expression she is wearing on the left!
Now, the really fun scene...The Sporting Scene!
Bound in orange corduroy, it sets the tone for what's inside!
Knit dresses that cover your entire body, or a knit bikini that covers just the essentials!
Is anyone else wanting to watch episodes of Threes Company right now?
Okay, the track suits are rad...but I'll take those bikes please!
Whoops, I spoke too soon! LOLS!
So, I feel like I have to ask, what was your favorite style decade, whether you lived through it or not? I myself like a mix of the old (almost any decade) matched up with some of today's more comfortable options, like jeans & t-shirts! What do you do to dress vintage?