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The Hottest Christmas Gifts! 1974 Edition

The Hottest Christmas Gifts!  1974 Edition

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by Andrea Today, we’re taking a peek inside the December 1974 issue of Better Homes and Gardens Magazine.  However, today we’re taking a look at the ads to see what the hot gifts of 1974 were – let’s have a look! (Click on any of the images for a larger…

Vintage Christmas Crafting Ideas

Vintage Christmas Crafting Ideas

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by Andrea Now that it is December, I am thinking Christmas – and thinking Christmas usually gets me thinking crafts.  Need some vintage crafting inspiration?  Here’s some great items from Etsy!   Vintage 1960s McCalls 8401 Vintage Christmas Crafts and Trims Pattern UNCUT** This pattern is perfect for those mid-century…

What’s New In Repro Patterns–December 2014

What’s New In Repro Patterns–December 2014

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by Andrea The major pattern companies are constantly expanding their vintage reissue selection for the retro sewist – which I personally love, as I don’t always feel like grading a vintage pattern to my size!  Here’s my favourite picks of the new offerings from Simplicity, Butterick, McCalls, Vogue and Burda.…

Retro Pattern Review–Butterick 5254

Retro Pattern Review–Butterick 5254

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By Andrea   Usually when I go to do a Retro Pattern Review, I pick everything out for the project.  However, when I pulled out my pattern I found myself having this conversation: Ella: “What you making me, Mama?” Me: “This shirt.” (Pointing at the pattern) Ella: “Let me see. …

Company Casserole – A Vintage Recipe Test

Company Casserole – A Vintage Recipe Test

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By Sara In AZ Wait, what? Did y’all think you made it to the wrong blog and accidentally went on over to the Mid Century Menu by mistake? No, I can assure you that you are, in fact, reading No Pattern Required! Some of you may remember a post I…

Great News For Vintage Yarncrafters!

Great News For Vintage Yarncrafters!

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by Andrea While shopping online for yarn the other day, I made a fantastic discovery – did you know that Mary Maxim sells downloadable versions of nearly every pattern they’ve produced, going right back to the 50’s?   If you’re not particularly concerned about owning the actual original paper pattern,…

Vintage Crafting Shopping Roundup–Baby, It’s Cold Edition

Vintage Crafting Shopping Roundup–Baby, It’s Cold Edition

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by Andrea We have very quickly and unceremoniously been thrust into winter, up here in Alberta, Canada, and it’s really cold!  It’s got me thinking about a new coat to spruce up my winter wardrobe – here’s some great sewing and knit coat patterns from eBay!   Vintage ORIGINAL Ladies…

Make It Yourself – 1973

Make It Yourself – 1973

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By Andrea As soon as the weather turns cold, I really get the urge to knit or crochet – and love to make something that looks a bit retro!  I picked up volumes 1-5 of a series called Make It Yourself: The Complete Step-by-Step Library of Needlework and Crafts a…

Looking Wonderful–1971 Style

Looking Wonderful–1971 Style

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by Andrea I know when most people think of retro beauty, they think of the looks of the 40’s and 50’s.  However, I must admit that I really like some of the looks from the 70’s, especially the 70’s does 20’s and 70’s does 30’s looks.  Let’s take a look…

Vintage Crafting Shopping Roundup–Fall Knitting Edition

Vintage Crafting Shopping Roundup–Fall Knitting Edition

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by Andrea   Fall has definitely rolled in around these parts, and I am already feeling the urge to cozy up with an awesome knit sweater – and do some knitting!  Here’s some great patterns to get you started on your fall knitting from eBay.   MARY MAXIM Graph Style…

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