My mom is visiting this week, and brought along a pile of nostalgia, largely featuring vintage Simplicity patterns.
Remember sewing in the ’70s? I do — it seems like more people used to sew then, although maybe it just seems that way to me since we did in our family.
Let’s begin with this one. I never sewed it, but my mom made me the outfit on the top left — both the top and pants in purple corduroy. It was my “Seymour Owls” outfit, since purple was the school colors. I remember wearing it, quite shyly, as a child when my dad invited members of the basketball team to our house.
Next, it’s on to this one. My mom made the dress on the right for both my sister and me. The bottom was quilted fabric. We wore these in formal photos, and our aunt made us dolls with matching dresses — this was the pre-American Girl era 🙂
Now, the pattern of my sister’s and my famous Bicentennial dresses. Mom made the dress at the bottom right — mine was yellow with flowers, and my sister’s was orange. We wore them a lot during 1976, and they’ve gotten wear since then as well when my girls needed to dress like a city founder for a school report.
Finally, a pattern I sewed. This is my 8th grade home ec pattern — we all made the top, I think, and I also made the skirt since I already knew how to sew thanks to 4-H. It was the 1970s, and the peasant look was “in.” My skirt and top were light blue with little flowers. I loved that outfit and wore it so much — I made the pattern at least once more, for my Easter dress one year. That one featured the over-skirt thingie the lady in the top row center is wearing. I would not try pulling off that look now, but at the time, I loved it.
I like noticing how the pattern prices increased over the years — here, from .75 up to $2. Have you priced patterns recently? They’re ridiculous — many like $12 or so! Of course, stores often run them on sale for .99 or so, so that is when I buy them. Sewing one’s own clothes was fun for me for many years, and I sewed matching Easter and Christmas dresses for my girls when they were little. But I don’t think I’d ever sew my own clothes anymore. It seems like clothing is one thing that hasn’t increased a lot in price over the years. In many cases, I think you would spend more sewing an outfit than buying it on sale.
How about you? Any sewing memories?