Category Archive: Vintage Clothing

Surprises from 1947

Some of you rightly guessed that the mystery magazine was from the late 1940s — and Mary from Zippy Quilts got it exactly, with her guess of 1947. (Tara Sparling claims she wrote… Continue reading

Mary Schenck Woolman

Over the years, I have picked up several old weaving, sewing, and home economics manuals.  Their publication dates range from 1906 to 1964. I have always wondered about the authors of these books,… Continue reading

Textile Traditions on Independence Day

This past weekend, we went out to our favorite Hill Country town, Rocksprings, for the re-dedication ceremony for the newly restored 1891 county courthouse.  Edwards County has a strong history of sheep and… Continue reading

Cream-colored Scarf

KerryCan at Love Those Hands At Home was curious about the textile that I had beneath the hats in yesterday’s post, so here it is in more detail. (Incidentally, KerryCan is doing a… Continue reading

Hats for the Four Seasons

National Hat Day is coming up on January 15th, so I thought I’d inspire you to participate by showing some vintage hats.  I picked them up at different antique shops back in the… Continue reading

A Great Coat for Great Weather

This coat belonged to my husband’s grandfather!  Gary Cooper wore one like it in The Fountainhead, which was made in 1949, so I would guess this is from the 1950s. It is only… Continue reading

A Perfect Christmas Eve

I’m home for a night between visits to relatives.  Tonight is just a quiet night to sit by the fire and catch “Shop Around the Corner,” and then step outside to look at… Continue reading

Back to School – 1950s Style

These are two skirts that my mom wore to high school in the early 1950s.  I wore them again in the 70s, often.  They are very comfortable and wear like iron! All you… Continue reading

Late Summer Picnic

As you might have figured out by now, I collect all kinds of old household management books – books on cooking, sewing, cleaning, entertaining, and etiquette.  One of my favorite finds (for which… Continue reading

Woolen Baby Belly Bands

My title today (say it three times fast!) is  from the lovely 1914 book,  Household Discoveries and Mrs. Curtis’s Cookbook. Published by the Success Company, this 1205-page compendium of housekeeping advice is printed… Continue reading