Make Do & Mend

In the good old days clothing was rarely thrown away and garments were mended, repaired, and repurposed. Now we live in a time of fast fashion, we consume and discard. Rinse and repeat. I’m not wagging a finger at fast fashion, I’ve occasionally purchased a thing or two at Forever 21 and H&M because let’s be honest, we all like cheap thrills every once in awhile. You know, I have a crewneck knit top from Forever 21 that I have had for nearly SIX years. And it’s still holding up. I can scarcely believe it myself!

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Anyhow, this post is meant to be about one of my summer projects that I briefly outlined in this post. No. 3: Embroider a few 1920s dresses that are a bit too plain. However, in this case it is a 1920s slip.

I posted it over on Snapchat, which I have yet to figure out how to navigate and use. I am constantly accidentally shutting it off or swiping the wrong way. Have I just hit my “glass ceiling of technology“? Like, I could figure out Instagram…but what is this newfangled Snapchat you whipper snappers are talking about? Je suis vieux? 

Adored Vintage | Make Do & Mend

Adored Vintage | Make Do & Mend

Adored Vintage | Make Do & Mend

The mess I made while doing this little project (no, it is not complete, I will post progress photos!) was so pretty so thus, it had to be documented.

After I spent about 40 minutes finding inspiration and sketching a rough outline of the embroidery work I want to do, I realized my initial stitches are way too large! I studied a few embroidered vintage lingerie pieces I already own, and next to those…my own stitches look like a cavewoman did them.

Ahh, woe is me mes amis! Shall I undo them or leave them be? The stitches on the bottom stem are a bit too taught. The thing is, there was a large tear here and I needed to stitch it up! Embroidering something lovely over a tear or hole is much more becoming than just plain stitches.

Adored Vintage | Make Do & Mend

Adored Vintage | Make Do & Mend

Adored Vintage | Make Do & Mend

I’ve only done one side, so on Sunday perhaps I will make more petite stitches on the other side. Then on to the leaves. I really enjoy embroidering leaves!

It was a very moody day at the studio today and I quite enjoyed milling about, taking a few product photos, doing a few mends on my very large collection of “vintage-that-needs-rescuing” and watching copious amounts of my favorite Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot!

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Vintage Sewing Booklets 1949, 1958, 1961


Let us dive into some vintage sewing ephemera! I obtained these three booklets from an estate sale. Quite some time ago. I often pick these up as they are wonderful for research especially in dating vintage clothing and also in general sewing knowledge.


This is a feature inside the 1949 Simplicity Sewing Book. I love that so much attention was paid to what colors suited you best. I feel this is something we don’t really take into much consideration anymore.


Inside the 1949 sewing book is an illustrated guide of sewing tools one should have. I really dislike this bright orange color motif (the ENTIRE booklet features this highlight color, yuck)


Here are two advertisements for fabrics in the Spring 1961 McCall’s Pattern book. On the left Paris inspired prints from Lowenstein and on the right an advertisement for Du Pont fabrics showing Dacron (a type of polyester fabric) and Cotton.


Another fabric advertisement in the McCall’s 1961 Pattern Fashions book. This time for Estron acetate fabrics.


These are pages from the Vogue 1958 August-September Pattern Book. It is interesting for me to note these styles look more in tune with what we know the early 60s fashions to be in America. BUT, remember! These are fashions from PARIS and Paris was always on ahead in fashion!


These couple of pages from the 1958 Vogue Pattern book features a lot of wonderful separates and I love that they are referred to as “Change-About Wardrobe” I quite love the  dress worn with the peter pan collar blouse.

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