Vintage Collection of Designer Couture Sewing Tips By Spadea Pattern Company | All Pages Posted

Thank you all for following this series of post about 60’s designer sewing tips by a little known pattern company call Spadea, you can find more about this company’s history here at Fuzzy Lizzie.

The Vintage Traveler took the leap and actually contacted the mother Anne Spadea Combs, and it sounds like a really informative conversation, I think you’ll enjoy it check it out. Take special note that the Duchess of Windsor Collection for really for the Duchesses and that relationship lasted over ten years.

Earlier in this series, I spotlighted the Designer’s featured in this book you can find those post here

But there were other as outlined here;

Alan Graham, Anne Fogarty, Brigance, Ceil Chapman, Charles LaMaire, Charles Montaigne, Dinah Shore, Eguzquiza, Fontana, Harvey Berin, Herbert Sondheim, Lachasse, Leo Narducci, Tina Leser, Mollie Parnis, Nancy Layton, Norman Hartnell,Roberto Capucci, Simonetta, Veneziani, Vera Maxwell. I will outline a few below.

According to the Vintage Pattern Wiki Alan Graham created about ten designs for Spadea, unfortunately I could not find a Biography for Alan.

Anne Fogarty was part of the American Designer Series by Spadea. Wikipedia published an extensive bio, but if you want to see images, check out Fuzzy Lizzie once again provides a nice history and some really nice eye candy to boot. You might want to check out “The Well Dressed Wife” it would make a splendid addition library.

I would now like to focus on Tom Brigance relationship with the pattern publisher, it looks like he created about 12 designs which are illustrated noted on the Vintage Pattern Wiki. Pinterest provides a Gallery of designs by the iconic fashion designer. also checkout Couture Allure for one of his most desirable designs — you’ll find is still in demand today.

Ceil Chapman is another contributor to these classic styles you can see more of those designs at the Selfish Seamstress and a bit of background, Squidoo is also one of my favorite places checkout this wonderful lens on the designs at classic Vintage Old Hollywood Style .

According to what information I could find Charles LaMaire, was a prolific costume designer for some very famous movies such as All About Eve staring my favorite actress Betty Davis. I could talk all day–but check out his works here on Pinterest.

The book Designer Sewing Tips By Spadea Pattern Company is a gold mind of tips and techniques and my copy is securely in my sewing library, but I love to share and you can find every page at my Free Vintage Patterns Dazespast, soon each tip will cataloged by page so enjoy!

The cover image Hat is by my up and coming designer friend Mary over at MaryGwyneth Designs or her Facebook Page.

You can find other articles about the Spadea Sewing techniques by following these links.

Spadea’s Collection of Designer Sewing Tips Vintage 1960s

Spadea’s Collection of Designer Sewing Tips Vintage | Pages 18 to 29

Spadea’s Collection of Designer Sewing Tips Vintage | Pages 40 to 53

Spadea’s Collection of Designer Sewing Tips Vintage | Pages 54 to 77 | Pockets to Collar Magic

I’ve written nothing at all about my love of fashion dolls–the dolls are amazing but the doll-sized couture is what makes me go Wow! stay tunes for the best of the best in everything that dresses and furnishes today’s dolls all with a vintage flare.

That’s all for now.

Peace!

Ruby

 

Spadea’s Collection of Designer Sewing Tips Vintage 1960s

Couture Sewing Techniques by the world's most famous fashion designers of the time.

Couture Sewing Techniques by the world’s most famous fashion designers of the time.

Each week new sewing tips from world famous designers appeared in leading newspapers from coast to coast.

The were authored by Dale Cavanagh un the title “You’re Sew Right”, sponsored by the Spadea Pattern Service – which also appeared weekly in over 300 newspapers.

Copyright 1967

Copyright 1967

Table of Contents 1

Table of Contents 1

Table of Contents 2

Table of Contents 2

I’ve tried some of these tips such as; the Golden Chain; How to Keep Snaps Under Wrap; The Welt Seam; Knotted Buttons and many more.

Contents 3

Contents 3

Table of Contents 4

Table of Contents 4

Table Contents 5

Table Contents 5

Needling Your Way to Couture Smartness on a Budget

Needling Your Way to Couture Smartness on a Budget

Introduction 2

Introduction 2

Introduction 3

Introduction 3

Look for the next installment – Spadea’s Designer Profiles

In the meanwhile here’s a few links about the Spadea Pattern company and its fabulous vintage patterns.

There always the Vintage Pattern Wiki with lots of images.

Fuziielizzie Vintage Clothing is another source of background information about Spadea.

A Few Loose Threads is one of my favorites Blogs to follow for many reasons, checkout here recent piece only collectors or would be collector’s can appreciate.

FREE Vintage 1940s Sewing Patterns | German Die Alma Mode Winter 1947 | 1948

Enjoy these three lovely vintage 40’s Dress patterns

This type of system is similar Lutterloh and other systems and one of the easiest for pattern making in my opinion. All you have to do is click on the link and print out the pieces and follow the directions–be sure that you are working with a metric tape measure and the correct rulers.

I plan to add a list of supplies–just though about..stay tuned..

My Favorite Vintage Patterns for the Week

BODICE SKIRT SEWING PATTERN BUTTERICK 5935 SIZE BUST 30.5-34 HIP 32.5-36″ UNCUT

One of my favorite patterns this week is this Thin Strapped Boned Bodice and Skirt Pattern

The fitted, lined Bodice Top has shoulder straps, princess seams and back zipper.
The flared tulle lined Skirt can be made in featured in the above ankle tea length or long evening length with back zipper and hook closure.
You could purchase or make the petticoat.

5935 Butterick Boned Bodice and Skirt

5935 Butterick Boned Bodice and Skirt

JACKET SKIRT DRESS TOP PANTS VOGUE SEWING PATTERN 1747 SIZE 12-16 BUST 34-38 CUT

MISSES JACKET DRESS TOP SKIRT AND PANTS

SIZE 12-16 BUST 34-38 WAIST 26.5-30 HIP 36-40″

Tamotsu makes comfortable office wear with a classic flare–this pattern would have stayed in my stash, unfortunately it is too small. This loose-fitting, partially lined, slightly below waist Jacket pattern, has slightly extended shoulders, shoulder pads and long sleeves. The loose-fitting, slightly tapered Dress is above mid-knee or you can make the Blouse both feature a collar, shoulder pads, slightly toward shoulder seams and above elbow sleeves. This full wardrobe pattern comes with a  tapered Skirt, above mid-knee and Pants with a mock fly and back zipper

1747 Vogue Designer Pattern Skirt Jacket Slacks and Blous

1747 Vogue Designer Pattern Skirt Jacket Slacks and Blouse

MISSES CAFTAN

VINTAGE CAFTAN 1960s SEWING PATTERN SIMPLICITY 8354 ONE SIZE UNCUT

Another one of my favorites is this one size fits all Caftan pattern, the style has returned with a modern flare.
The Caftan is collarless and has shaped neckline and front zipper closing.
There are openings at ends of shoulder and side seams of the arms.

1960s Vintage Caftan 8354 Simplicity

1960s Vintage Caftan Pattern 8354 Simplicity

VINTAGE 1 PC DRESS 50s MCCALLS SEWING PATTERN 3630 SIZE 14 BUST 32 HIP 35″ UNCUT

VINTAGE 50’S MISSES ONE PIECE SHEATH DRESS

SIZE 14 BUST 32 WAIST 26 HIP 35″

I love vintage 50’s fashion, this simple One Piece Sheath Dress Pattern features a front zipper with round neckline with deep front V slit and short cuffed sleeves. This is one of those styles where you could add all sorts of detail giving this dress a totally different look and feel from casual to elegant to formal.

3630 Vintage McCall's Sheath Dress

3630 Vintage McCall’s Sheath Dress

VINTAGE 1930’s SPOOL COTTON COMPANY VINTAGE CROCHET KNITTING PATTERN BOOK

STYLE IN CROCHET | Spool Cotton Company — 1936

ORIGINAL CROCHET AND KNITTING PATTERN BOOK

Instruction Book Number 73

This lovely and rare pattern book features 1o gorgeous crochet patterns and one knitting check out this post for more images from Style In Crochet published by Spool Cotton Company

vintage 30s crochet patterns dresses blouse patterns

Vintage 30s Crochet Dresses and Dress Patterns

Macrame is no longer a 70’s Hippie thing–checkout these beautiful designs…

VINTAGE MACRAME PATTERNS 70s TABLES HANGING PLANTERS  WALL HANGING LAMPS

In Macrame Enchantment Number 4, you’ll find wonderful furnishing that are unique and would fit into any laid-back decor, a few of my favorites include the Park Avenue and Winter Lace Table and Hanging Lamp Sets and the Merry-go-Round Piece for your baby’s room.

 

 

 

Vintage Sewing Pattern Fashion Trim Detail

Sewing for me has always been about the details–distinctive, one of a kind details that make the garment uniquely mine.

That’s what I love about sewing vintage, especially the 40s and 50s..These details are not simple, but boy they can transform a piece from simple to spectacular.

Here’s some examples of spectacularly beautiful vintage sewing detail. These examples range from buttonholes or bias binding, tabs, collars and pockets.

Take a look at these and examples and tell what fashion sewing detail you’d like to master?

vintage sewing pattern detail pockets

1950s Bound Asymmetrical Pockets with Covered Buttons

Bound buttonholes are challenging — but what do you think about these pockets, is this a sewing technique you want to master?

50s sewing pattern vintage

Vintage 50s Sewing Pattern Neckline Variations

How about these necklines–which one do you like the best?

Here are some other examples of sewing patterns from the 1950’s with dramatic show-stopping accents.

Now let’s look at the 1940s–in my opinion some of these accents are not difficult to master but other’s given that vintage patterns were not marked with any detail, you really had to know how to sew. Not only did you have to use the machine proficiently your hand sewing skills had to be pretty good because some of these accents are difficult even with the technology of today. Here’s where your vintage sewing books would come in handy and I have a collection spanning from the 20’s through the 1970’s.

Now lets a visual journey through the high-end sewing patterns of the 40’s and please tell me what technique would you like to master?

In closing tonight’s post, I want you to know that running my vintage pattern store is time consuming and it leaves me very little time for sewing–but I do have some great projects already cut and ready–stay tuned because I really need to take the time to finish these pieces. Remember browse and let me know what trim details you crave to master.

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