I'm a fan of old sewing patterns. They are fun to display and provide a nostalgic reminder of a gentler time, when sewing your own clothes wasn't meant to provide instant gratification like buying something ready-made might. Making clothes was a slow and savored process that began with skimming through pattern books at the local fabric store, selecting the pattern, fabric and necessary notions, sewing and fitting the garment, and ultimately, proudly wearing your creation.
Three patterns from the 1940s feature tailored designs for vests, blouses, jackets and weskits (which is another name for a waistcoat). They are for sale in my Etsy shop here.here.
Have you ever sewed your own clothes? As a kid, I was lucky to have a mother that was an expert seamstress who made me and my sister pretty dresses that fit like a glove. I remember a favorite lavender gingham maxi-dress that I wore to my junior high school graduation in 1973. And fortunately, my mom was able to help me with a final sewing project in my seventh grade home economics class. I made a bolero vest and a dirndl skirt. It was quite an outfit!