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No Pattern Required was started in February 2009 by Ruth in an attempt to vent her overwhelming enthusiasm for everything vintage and mid-century without driving her husband, Tom, crazy. Over time she collected a wonderful assortment of loyal followers and wonderful friends, some of whom got sucked into the vortex of this blog and couldn’t get away, even if they wanted to.  The growth and following of the blog have overshot every expectation Ruth had, and she couldn’t be happier.

Your Blog Authors:

Ruth aka RetroRuth:

I am a writer and collector of all things vintage. My most recent passion is Mid-Century Modern, thanks to the recent purchase of our house, which is a 1950’s time capsule.  I didn’t know anything about MCM style before we bought this house, but now I am getting a crash course in everything – and loving it!  One of my goals is to thrift for everything we need. How far am I going to get?  Well…I guess you will have to read and see!

I collect vintage patterns, fabric, linens, ephemera, cooking gadgets, cookbooks and just about everything else that has to do with the kitchen!  Feel free to contact me!  You can email me at ruth@nopatternrequired.com if you want to submit a retro picture, a nasty vintage recipe, or just to say “hi”!


Sara aka Sara in Az:

I am quite sure I once lived in the 1950s/1960s, what else would explain my obsession with that era! I adore vintage kitsch……from wacky atomic shadowboxes to spaghetti poodles and chalkware ballerina figurines…I simply can’t get enough of it. I started buying vintage clothing when I was in high school, back in the 1980s, and I love to wear petticoats and dresses to this day! After literally years of searching my husband Mike and I finally found our dream ‘time capsule’ retro ranch in the Phoenix metropolitan area, please join us as we work to rehab, restore and decorate our new old house!

Eartha Kitsch:

I live in Nashville, Tennessee and love crazy old Western things, kitsch, googly eyes, thrifting, swishy skirts, vintage recipes, photos and stories about people that I don’t know (and people that I do know), crafting, absurdity, crafting with absurdity… and a million things more. I also blog on my personal blog, Ranch Dressing with Eartha Kitsch.

Email me at earthakitsch@nopatternrequired.com





There once was an impressionable young girl who fell in love with California, and mid-century modern came along for the ride. Her newly adopted Southern California home was alive with atomic age architecture and glorious kitsch. There, during the glory days of thrifting, she would stumble upon cheap mid-century goods- and to be honest, it’s like she became obsessed. She later sashayed her way across the globe for a spell before putting down permanent southern roots. Today you’ll find her back home in Nashville, TN, where she quite regularly writes about herself in the third person.





My love for vintage started in high school, with scouring the thrift stores and vintage shops for the perfect pieces of clothing.  That love extended into houses and decorating styles as well, and now me and my husband Darren spend a lot of our spare time hunting for the perfect pieces to put the mid-century back into our 1949-but-renovated-sometime-in-the-80s home.  I am also a sucker for anything vintage related to sewing, vintage glassware and vintage salt & pepper shakers.

I’ve been sewing ever since I was little, and would sew clothes for my Barbies.  I run Sew What? Fabrics from my home in Central Alberta, Canada and am mother to my two daughters, Kat and Ella.

You can email me at sewwhatfabrics@gmail.com!

AndeeOccasional Contributor: Betty Crafter

I am Betty Crafter, a vintage dealer and enthusiast, crafter of all things, and owner of a 1962 time capsule ranch house.  I live with Mister Crafter, Little Betty, a dog, cat, and 4 chickens.  The Mister and I both loved and collected vintage when we met, and then we began collecting mid century pieces for our home together!  My most beloved of all vintage things are Enid Collins box purses, bakelite jewelry, and kitchen goodies like Pyrex and salt and pepper shakers.  The Mister is always on the lookout for vintage matador decor, rusty signs with flaking paint, and danish modern furniture.  We work together to create a home that reflects our love of old things while remaining a space that is unique and artistic!  You can also find me at www.bettycrafter.com, and email me at betty@bettycrafter.com.

This blog is dedicated to our friend and colleague Jan, AKA Sablemable, who passed away suddenly in 2013. 

Jan will always be with us, and we hope that she can see all of our vintage fun up in heaven! To visit Jan’s Memorial Page, click here.