I don’t always have that much time to scour the local estate sales, antique shops, and other venues for vintage goodies, but sometimes I just stop off on my way home for a few minutes. Today, I learned that the best way to find the best Pyrex, is to walk into a shop with no money on me. I found several gooseberry casseroles, the turquoise butterprint bowl set, a turquoise cinderella bowl with hot air balloons (which I’ve never seen in the wild before), two complete primary colors sets, and three of the yellow bowl that I looked for for several years to complete my set. *sob*
The same little antique mall also has a stall that sells used sewing machines. Some are vintage, some are not, all are “as is.” And since I’m always in the market for that elusive pink Atlas vintage machine, I always take a look. This time, I found this:
It’s not in the best condition, which is probably part of why it was only $2.00. But it’s a lot of fun. I don’t have too many vintage sewing books, and this is my first vintage quilt book. I do, however, have a lot of vintage cookbooks. So, judging by the font and layout, I’m going to guess this book dates to the 1920’s or possibly the early 1930’s. It’s not an instruction book, it’s effectively a catalog of mail order patterns. All sorts of them:
There are patchwork patterns, applique patterns, and patterns that combine the two. The other reason that I think this little booklet predates WWII is that there are some honest-to-goodness swastikas. Not just patterns that sort of look like them, but patterns actually labeled as such.
Still, there are some fascinating patterns in here. I might even see how some of them sew up! What do you think?