February 24, 2011

Side Tracked Again

Like many of my vintage obsessed sewing fans, I could spend hour upon hour looking on ebay and etsy searching vintage sewing patterns. It makes me happy, happy, happy. I can't really explain it. Can anyone else? Please do tell. What is it about these pattern images that is sometimes so horrifying and delightful all at the same time?

Today what got me started was researching a pattern (of which there does not appear to be one of) for a men's hat. I cut out the plaid wool for hubbies 'real' shirt and there is so much left over I thought I could not only make a cute hat, but also a vest for him or for Miss Moll Doll.

I then became utterly obsessed with some of the hat patterns.

Take this one for example, especially the lower three. Where might one wear this? I guess I could see Barbra Streisand (images as shown on http://barbrastreisand.tumblr.com ) in one of her sixties movies wearing it. Who else?
 Perhaps with this suit.

 Now take a look at the pink hat below.
 Look familiar?
 Helmet head anyone?
I cut out all the pattern pieces for hubbies Men's Shirt Sew-A-Long. The Sew-A-Long is over, but I am still chugging along with the actual shirt. Remember the other shirt I sewed was just the muslin for fitting...even though it ended up as a very wearable shirt.

I also did my gauge swatch for the Briar Rose Sweater Knit-A-Long. I used the wrong size needle. Size US3 instead of 3mm, Woops got my 3's mixed up...and that is not the only thing. I think Tasha may have had it with me as I just am having the worst dyslexic moments with this whole gauge thing.

Before blocking

After blocking

 See you all tomorrow...


  1. I can totally see Doris Day wearing the green hat in the top pattern.

  2. Cute Blog! I’m a new follower Happy Friday!! I would love for you to stop and take a look at my blog as well! Thanks!

  3. Hello, I could stay here all day just looking at the different patterns you have on here. I found you from Boost My Blog and I look forward to following you.

  4. Oh...I love newsboy caps. I have a few.

    Thanks for your comments this morning on my blog - the discussion is heating up and I'm glad I'm not the only one who feels that way! I would *love* to see the product you made to accompany your book! Can you send me the link?


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