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November 28, 2017

Tools of the Trade – Vintage Sewing Kit Favorites

by Arleen


When you sew or craft, there is an arsenal of tools that comes with it. In my world, some tools are necessary, and some don’t have the utmost purpose, but their charm reminds me of why I do what I do. Here are a couple pieces of my ever expanding collection of notions and supplies.



This cigar box of buttons found its way to me one day while I was working at the fabric store. So many buttons with so many stories. I can only image the garments they once hung to.

This binder of sewing knowledge is extra special to me as it once belonged to my Nana. Of course there is a good amount of context missing in-between the lines, but it is a good reference. And the hand typed pages with pen drawings is so special. A printed book, or a web page for that matter, can’t quite compare.



Pattern adjustments, techniques, and working with different fashion fabrics are just a few tid bits this sewing binder covers. I am finally at a place in my sewing journey where this is exactly what I need to learn next. You see, a sewing pattern is more of a guideline. You almost always have to make pattern adjustments to get that perfect fit to your unique shape. It took me years to learn this, so I spread this message whenever I can.


Creating a sloper like the drawing above is based on your own measurements and will insure a perfect fit every time. It is your pattern making building block.



I don’t sew all that many pleats, however this really makes me want to find the excuse. I have some lovely flannel in my stash, and I do believe I am in dire need of a new skirt this season.


My Nana was in her later 40s in by 1969. Since I only knew her in her 70’s on, I had no idea her measurements (minus the bust size… darn it!) were almost exactly the same as me, If only she had kept all her garments!


Button holes have always been just a little bit scary. I still can’t make them totally beautiful, however they are still functional. I can really be  a perfectionist about some things. Not buttonholes.


According to this literature, I should just give it up on my mediocre button hole making. Nope. I wont be defeated.


So many trims! I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a sucker for some delicate details. this pamphlet really does expand my horizon. Rickrack, anyone?



Fancies? Yes!



And of course, last but certainly not least, these lovely mod ladies in neat color blocked dresses. Can I get an amen?



Do you have a favorite piece in your crafty collection? Tell me about your favorite pieces!


Arleen xo

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One Response to Tools of the Trade – Vintage Sewing Kit Favorites

  1. Cheryl Reply

    November 28, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    What a treat! This was the era when I learned to sew in homemaking class. I remember learning how to make welt pockets which were very difficult. We made our buttonholes using the “fancy” Singer buttonhole maker. I still have my Singer from the mid-1960s.

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