Sunday, January 11, 2009

Yes! It's mine!

I was a little grumpy when the mailman arrived yesterday -- what with all that snow to shovel and forecasts of subzero temperatures for "an extended period". As anyone who lives near the Great Lakes can tell you, when the meteorologists start talking about an "interesting weather pattern" there's trouble ahead. (Unless you live for sculpting skyscrapers from snow.)

Anyway, tucked in amongst the ad circulars, important letters (Time Sensitive material enclosed! Open now!) and assorted bills was a small bubble-wrap envelope that turned out to be my belated Christmas present from Mary:

McCall Russian costume pattern from 1920
I've had my eye on this 1929 McCall pattern for quite a while over at the Woodland Farms Antiques pattern section. Guess I talked about it quite a bit, too -- because at Christmas Mom handed me a card with the cash and a lovely note instructing me to get that pattern. And, of course, I always do what mother tells me.

Before you ask -- NO. There is absolutely no chance that you will be seeing photos of me in a Russian costume in this lifetime. As much as I adore this little beauty, it's not going to be one of the sewing projects resolved for 2009. Unless I happen to stumble across fabric with the exact floral pattern shown on the model at left. You do the math on those odds :-)

As a pattern collector I always look for interesting styles, but graphics are probably the deciding factor when I finally get around to shelling out cash. These small envelopes with the color labels that McCall produced between 1929 and 1931 are favorites. (You may have figured that out from the Pattern Rescue mascot -- another McCall pattern from the same era.) Simplicity also made patterns with color graphics on tiny envelopes for a short period and I'm delighted to have a couple of those, too.

For fashion style, I usually find the designs from just a few years later -- the 1933 to 1935 "golden age" of Hollywood glamor -- more interesting. And I don't have any particular fondness for costume patterns. Maybe it's just the tighter framing on the small envelopes that grabs my eye. Whatever it is, I fell in love with this at first sight and should have a lot more free time now that I won't have to be checking the site to see if it's still there....

What do you think -- a shadow box with a few period notions and ribbons? A black Art Deco frame? Anybody out there with a favorite technique for displaying small patterns?

Thanks, Mom! In case I haven't told you lately, you're the best!


  1. Hurray for you and much applause for your Mom. She is a grand one!

    Your shadow box idea with period notions and ribbons sounds swell. Years ago one of my sisters visited Russia and sent me a wooden egg - painted in Ucrainan Egg style; if you could find such a thing that would be neat too.

  2. Ooh - it is lovely! I completely understand the urge to buy patterns based on the graphics. I have a few (ahem...) tucked away for that very reason!

  3. Glorious Hat - What a great idea! Spotted a few of those wonderful eggs in a small Ukrainian specialty shop a couple of weeks ago -- will have to go back and check it out. Thanks!

    Brigit - "a few"???? ROTFLOL Seems to me you've single-handedly posted 90% of the patterns in the Vintage Patterns Wikia.....

    (No disrespect to everyone else who has worked so hard on the Wikia -- just can't resist ragging on Birgit a little :-) )

  4. Glad someone caught the insider joke ;) Blushing...
    "Hi, my name is Birgit and I am a Pattern Addict"