Recently I decided to photograph and catalogue all of them, primarily so that I can easily look up what I've got (since they usually live in a box in my attic). I've never been brave enough to use them yet, but I'd like at some point to trace, adapt and use a few of my favourite ones. Unsurprisingly my favourites are the ones from the 1950s and early 60s!
I've decided to share them here, partly because they may be of interest to others, but also because if they're all on the blog, I'll be able to access them on the go - so when I'm sitting chatting with friends about potential sewing projects, I'll be able to show them what I'm talking about, or have the pattern to hand when I'm choosing fabrics.
I've divided them up by decade, starting here with the 1950s; however my dating of them is based on educated guesses for the most part (especially ones on decade cusps), and so I'd appreciate comments and views on whether I've dated them incorrectly! Some of them are also rather battered - the result of, in some cases, decades of use.
I'd particularly like to make the playsuit, the shirtwaist and the blouses at some point.
|Girls' dresses and aprons|
|Girls' jumper dress and blouse|
|slip in 5 versions|
|Girls' school tunic|
|Teenage slip and petticoat|
|Women's one yard blouse|
|School blouse and skirt|
|Playsuit and jacket|