Posts Written On July 2012

Rose of Sharon Quilt Pattern

Whenever I see this pattern I am reminded of the beautiful Rose of Sharon bush in our backyard, and also the character Rose of Sharon (or “Rosasharn”) from The Grapes of Wrath.  There are so many different Rose of Sharon patterns, but this is one of my favorites because I like the little center pinwheel and the quilted leaves (Lady’s Circle Patchwork Quilts, 1981).  Keep clicking on each page until the pattern pieces are full-sized.  This pattern will make an 18″ block.


Toddler Dress with Hand Embroidered Yoke

This cute owl print fabric inspired me to make this little dress for my niece’s daughter, Marjorie, who is 3 1/2.  The dress is a size 4, but Marjorie is tall for her age, so I made the dress a bit longer than the vintage 60s pattern (McCall’s 9464).  As usual, I made a few changes to the original pattern — this time to add my vintage Irish linen as trim and the owl-inspired embroidery work on the yoke.

When the dress was finished, I was a little disappointed that the  embroidery didn’t show up all that well on the yoke.  There’s enough owl fabric left to make another dress, so I think I’m going to try a different pattern where I can isolate the embroidery a little more.


Happy 4th of July Birthday, Gail Gray

Today is the birthday of my wonderful Mother-in-Law, Gail Gray. Here she is at age 16 looking very pretty and patriotic.  I’ve always loved this picture, and that great military looking band uniform.

Gail Ann Kollie Gray – July, 1945

Now here are the Wednesday vintage fabric photographs, completing the Independence Day themed posts for this year.



Toddler Dress with Linen Collar & Cuffs

Here’s a dress that would be perfect for a little girl to wear on the 4th of July.  There isn’t much vintage action going on here, with the exception of the linen collar and cuffs and the vintage pattern.  The fabric is another print from Joann’s that I thought looked patriotic and reminded me of rick-rack.  Most of these new, better quality Joann fabrics are $13/yd, but it’s not bad if you have a 50% coupon.

The pattern is Simplicity 2667, and I think it’s from the 1950s.  The pleats are deep, so the dress is very full, which I like.  The version on the pattern envelope with a solid red dress and striped apron is pretty cute, too.