Friday, January 25, 2013

A Bit of Old...

  A Look at the Past

     Hello again!  January got off to a quick start - 2 of the chicks went back to Boston (when they went back, it was colder here than it was there!), I had a birthday (thanks for all of your birthday wishes!) and I have been subbing the last 2 weeks for a teacher who lost his father over the holidays.  Let me tell you, working can really cut into your sewing time!


     I have been sorting and cleaning and moving and organizing (though not too much throwing away yet) and have come across some of my old 'Modern Priscilla' magazines and thought I would share some of the pictures and articles with you!  This is the cover of one of them.

     A beautiful dress that has been embroidered - white on white for the baby!

      Some select women's fashions of the day, along with some children's looks.  I must say, I am glad that the 'pigeon' look is NOT one if those that keeps returning every few years!

     A closeup of an pattern add for a christening gown - you can see the insetion panel down the front of the dress.  You can also see the eyelet and cutwork on the front of the girl's dress.
     Here is a baby's bonnet - if you look carefully, you can see the ribbon weaving in and out that is pulled to fit around the baby's head.
     Sometimes, the adds are as much fun as the articles!  Here is one for leather English sandals - and I still have seveal pair in my kids' baby boxes to pass down!
     Last by not least, an add for Stork Pants, made from Stork Sheeting that buttoned over the diaper, from the Stork Co., in Boston, MA.  We have come along way!  And speaking of diapers, I also just got a sample of diaper flannel in - nice and soft and thick - I am going to play around with that also. I am going to run it through the wash for a shrink test tomorrow to start with and go from there. I will let you know how it turns out and if I will decide to carry it.  It makes great cleaning rags to start with!  When I was growing up, we always used old diapers as cleaning rags.  When I got married and started having kids, I bought a package of diapers to use as burp cloths (before they got so fancy) and rags.  Remember the Curity brand?  But they were not the same diaper fabric that we had growing up - the fabric was not nearly as soft, and not just because it was new.  I am thinking beyond diapers, as it makes great burp cloths, receiving blankets, and is wonderful for underlinings!
     I hope this has brought a smile to your face!  I just got a package in the mail today with a new sewing 'toy' that I have decided to carry - I will be playing with it over the next few days and will post pictures soon. 
Happy Stitching,


  1. I have enjoyed a glimpse of your Modern Priscilla's . Love the old magazines and love the name!!

  2. Yes........I love looking at these and then just letting the creative ideas take hold!