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Retro Pattern Review–Simplicity 9936

Retro Pattern Review–Simplicity 9936

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by Andrea   My daughter is a big fan of both princesses and dresses.  She’s gotten a ton of wear out of the dress that I made her back in August 2013, from Style 4641 (you can read my retro review on that one here).  However, after lengthening that one…

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. …

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…

Holiday Shopping At Sears – 1959 Edition

Holiday Shopping At Sears – 1959 Edition

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By Eartha Kitsch I don’t know if you’re like me but when I go out shopping for holiday gifts and ensembles, I am often left feeling kind of well, “Meh”.  I have a hard time finding much razzle-dazzle and excitement in many of the newer goods of today. Call me…

Retro Pattern Review – Simplicity 4024

Retro Pattern Review – Simplicity 4024

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By Andrea Here I was last week, promising to bring you some retro pattern reviews with patterns for other pattern companies. What do I do? I bring you another Simplicity one! I am thinking that around these parts at least, Simplicity was definitely the more popular pattern, as I definitely…

Retro Pattern Review – Simplicity 7197

Retro Pattern Review – Simplicity 7197

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By Andrea Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had an excellent New Year’s. I’ve got another retro pattern review, Simplicity 7197, which dates back to 1975. Ella is a girly girl who loves to dress in skirts and dresses, so I thought something with a longer sleeve would…

Hosting A Retro Little Girl’s Birthday Party – A Photographic How-To

Hosting A Retro Little Girl’s Birthday Party – A Photographic How-To

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By RetroRuth If there was one thing my grandmother had, it was style. And she had it in spades. When Grandma decorated, she decorated.  Every few years my grandparents North Side Chicago flat would get all new wallpaper, new carpet, new curtains and sometimes even new furniture. When she dressed,…

Funny And Ridiculous “Gags And Gals” From The Prelinger Archives

Funny And Ridiculous “Gags And Gals” From The Prelinger Archives

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By RetroRuth Yep, that’s right. These girls are in giant boxes. You see, they’re mail-order girls, ordered by Ted Jones in “Oskosh”, WI (yep, it’s spelled wrong in the film) who wants a wife, but wants to have his choice of women mailed to him. In the end, he decides…

Vintage Tiki Postcards Including A Weeki Wachee Mermaid

Vintage Tiki Postcards Including A Weeki Wachee Mermaid

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By RetroRuth I’ve been digging around in our boxes of precious, precious collectibles lately (read: our junk room), looking for bits and things that I can use for art on some of our more…naked walls in the house.  While digging through one of Tom’s old boxes, I came across his…

Thrift Finds: 1930’s Nancy Drew, Viki Barr, Cherry Ames and Judy Bolton

Thrift Finds: 1930’s Nancy Drew, Viki Barr, Cherry Ames and Judy Bolton

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By RetroRuth Attention!!!! My local Goodwill considers all Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Viki Barr, Cherry Ames, Judy Bolton, Trixie Belden and Hardy Boys to be children’s books. Do you know what that means??? It means that I got… …all… …of these… …for… …25 cents each!!! It was a good weekend.…

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