A Pinafore With Shoulder Ruffles

I’m drawn to the odd corners of estate sales, those rooms that most other people pass by. The dens stacked with old tattered books and papers, or hobby rooms filled with half-finished projects. I hit a gold mine at one, and spent a fascinated hour looking through piles of old sewing patterns, half-filled button cards, snaps and straps and so much more! Imagine, the “Fashion Service” Company of San Francisco would mail you the latest patterns.

Vintage pattern envelopeJudging by the 1.5 cent Martha Washington stamp and pre-canceled envelope with the phrase “Sec. 562, P. L. & R.”, the pattern was mailed sometime in the 1930s or 40s.

Martha Washington stampThe back of the envelope gives a glimpse of other patterns you could order, from a fetching bathing suit to a variety of skirts and dresses.

Vintage patternThe pattern in this envelope was for a pinafore (don’t hear that word much these days), which you could make either with or without shoulder ruffles.

Vintage pattern

Next time – the art of vintage button cards! What items do you make a beeline for at garage sales?


One comment on “A Pinafore With Shoulder Ruffles

  1. Janice Adams says:

    This was something I made the first year of what was called “Domestic Science” as a 5th grader student. In those days, in my country, all girls were prepared to become wives and mothers (it was the 50’s) and toward that end we all had to learn how to cook, clean sew and take care of babies. Some of you may find that rather horrific but it was a different time and space and that was life then. I have since moved on and haven’t sewn in years, I barely cook and cleaning is definitely for the birds and required only enough so we don’t turn into hoarders. Thank god we all moved forward. Please god don’t let us go back.

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