Friday, July 5, 2013

A Display of Old Patterns ~ A Favorite Thing

One of my fondest memories, as a teenager, was going to the fabric store with my mother, browsing through pattern books, searching for something that caught my eye. Whatever pattern I picked out, I knew Mother would create it with perfection.

Earlier this year, while spending time at my parents’ home, I pulled a box of old patterns from under the bed and felt a rush of memories come flooding back. I couldn’t resist bringing a few home with me. They are sweet reminders of how fleeting those years really were, and how blessed I am to have such a talented mother.


Not long ago, I found the perfect container for displaying some of my favorites—an old sewing machine drawer.

No wonder it is now a favorite thing.

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  1. How clever and pretty, displaying those things together. I love it.

  2. I have mine in a box where I can't see them. I love your display idea!

  3. Wow - that was a jolt from the past! My mom had a sewing room and made many, many outfits for us. Seeing those old patterns brought back a lot of memories for me too. I'll have to ask my mom if she still has any of her old patterns.

  4. What a wonderful idea! I love the way that looks! I think my kids tell a very different story about fabric stores though, lol. I LOVED LOVED LOVED them and it use to be you could find them all over the place. These days there are just not that many of them. I could get lost in one for a couple of hours or more. But all I would have to say is, "Come on kids, get in the car, we are going to the fabric store" and they would begin to flip out. They REALLY hated it. Of course I preferred to go alone but that didn't happen very often. To this day they laughingly tell stories of "mom and her Fabric stores" haha. I wonder if there will EVER come a day it will bring back a rush of FOND memories. They never had a problem wearing what I made for them (thank goodness!) but I honestly wonder if they would recognize a pattern if they saw one. Sorry this is soo long, but this triggered a button in me, lol. Can ya tell? Hope you are having a good day!

  5. I used to spend hours looking through pattern books with my Mom too. I loved to sew but now only seem to do it for my home. You are so lucky to have those vintage patterns. Wish I had saved mine.

    Big Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  6. Clever use for the drawer. I remember lookinig at patterns too. The stools were high and I could spend time looking at the pictures. My mom made all of my clothes.

  7. What a great use for the drawer. What sweet memories you have of that time of your lie. I have a couple of my own patterns from when I was growing up. I was sewing my own clothes by the time I was 15. Growing up on a farm with an ill Dad meant my mother didn't have time to do it anymore.

  8. Great to have such sweet memories of the fleeting years, Dayle. Your Mama was (is) very talented. Love the idea of the old drawer, too. Nice job! Susan

  9. Brings back memories, indeed. Mother was dynamite behind a Singer.

  10. I had to sew my own, but buying patterns and fabric were wonderful fun, something kids today don't spend time on. As a Nana, I still enjoy selecting fabric for my granddaughter's clothes. However, there are fewer and fewer fabric shops nearby.
    Take a look here for a post on a similar theme!:

  11. I found a box of old patterns I had used to make clothes for my two girls when they were small and just see them again filled my heart with such joy.
    Smiles, Dottie

  12. I love the feel of a pattern in my hand.
    That may sound odd-
    but they remind me of my mother.
    She made all of my clothes.

    What a sweet post-
    White Spray Paint

  13. I used to love looking through Mama's old patterns, sewing books and button can. I still have her button can.
    Thanks for sharing the memories.

  14. My mum sewed for me, too. In our bedroom is our engagement portrait - there I am in a wonderful red wool suit that my mum made for me. She'd buy a pattern and then put her own stamp on it. I was very lucky!

  15. I am suddenly plunged into memories of my mom and I, in the fabric department at Sears, looking through pattens and choosing fabric. Your beloved patterns look lovely in that sewing machine drawer.

    Thanks so much for joining in this week.


  16. Oh...I need to see more of your patterns!
    This is a fond memory for me,too.

  17. I love the patterns in the sewing drawer! Very fun with buttons close by!

  18. what a great thing to display in your home! I have the first patterns I ever sewed in a box in my closet... I will remember this post when I get my act together and fix up my sewing room!


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