Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Vintage Pattern Find

Browsing through the shelves at a thrift shop I came across this wonderful pattern.

Handwritten on the envelope is 'Xmas 1936'. I am guessing the original purchaser made one of the views for a daughter for the festivities that year. The pattern cost 25cents. At the thrift shop it was marked 50 cents, but at the cash register I paid only 10 cents! I call that a bargain for a design that would easily work today and is very suitable for an older girl. The pattern is in incredible condition considering that it is 80 years old and the only thing missing from the envelope is the embroidery transfer, but seeing the design on the front of the pattern, it could easily be replicated or something else used in its place. I love that the dress has three sleeve as well as two collar choices.

The bonus to all of this was that inside the envelope was a paper pattern for bloomers (I am guessing that is what it is from the shape) cut from a local newspaper. The date 1936 is visible on one section and the paper was a local Connecticut one from Middletown. One of the readable columns is 'Good Taste Today' by Emily Post. Another column is 'Our Children' by Angelo Patri. There is also a food programme for seven days featuring Fall dishes. It would appear the paper was published around Thanksgiving as at least one advertisement mentions the item would make a wonderful Christmas Gift.

Did you know that in 1936 a portable typewriter could be purchased for $37.50? Or that Arrow shirts cost from $2 each? Butter was 39 cents a pound and lamb was 10 cents a pound!

Even though butter is a little more expensive these days, I think I might just try the recipes for muffins and quick chocolate cake!


  1. What a wonderful find! I am always on the lookout for these treasures, thank you for sharing, it's what keeps us going!

  2. Thank you for sharing this. Loved it all.

  3. I thought the cake recipe looked good - let us know how it turns out!