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This business grew out of my search for old doll patterns. I’d find some fantastic old dolls but they either came naked or in some horrible and unsuitable outfit. I thought I could do better. After all, my Mother taught me to sew and what she didn’t teach me I picked up in home economics class in school, but the problem was finding suitable patterns.

The new patterns were totally wrong in look and fit so I started searching at doll shows for old doll patterns. Somewhere along the way I fell in love with old patterns. I mean I really, really fell in love with old patterns. There haven’t been too many patterns I’ve let pass by without snatching up “just in case”. Collecting old doll patterns soon lead to collecting old craft patterns and then I found old baby patterns and the rest is history. I literally have hundreds & hundreds & hundreds of old patterns…

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  • Joined April 2, 2008

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I love the old crisp vintage organdys and the old fine french lace I snatch up wahtever I can come across and have quite a stash for making old doll clothing

About

This business grew out of my search for old doll patterns. I’d find some fantastic old dolls but they either came naked or in some horrible and unsuitable outfit. I thought I could do better. After all, my Mother taught me to sew and what she didn’t teach me I picked up in home economics class in school, but the problem was finding suitable patterns.

The new patterns were totally wrong in look and fit so I started searching at doll shows for old doll patterns. Somewhere along the way I fell in love with old patterns. I mean I really, really fell in love with old patterns. There haven’t been too many patterns I’ve let pass by without snatching up “just in case”. Collecting old doll patterns soon lead to collecting old craft patterns and then I found old baby patterns and the rest is history. I literally have hundreds & hundreds & hundreds of old patterns.

Along my journey I found others who provided copies of old patterns and I thought I had found the mother lode. I was in heaven until I got home and started to use them. The instructions were so small I needed a high-powered microscope to read them and then I found that in many cases the patterns were incomplete or pieces were cut off. Again, I thought, “I can do better than this” so I did.

My library of patterns dates from the late 1800’s through the 1950’s. I have taken many of these old patterns and have reproduced them so that they are available to collectors and seamstresses to use and enjoy.

My patterns are clear to read and, in most cases, the instructions are enlarged and “easy on the eyes”. They have all the pieces and come ready to cut & sew. Patterns are reproduced onto 11x17 paper and are delivered in a re-closeable clear plastic bag. (In cases where the pattern is too large to fit onto 1 sheet of paper the pattern is carefully copied in sections and the user will need to combine before cutting fabric. These pieces are labeled 1 of 2, 2 of 2, etc.)

I would like to mention that the patterns sold here on the site are in the public domain and do not infringe on any copyright. My image and pattern layout are my copyright.

I hope you enjoy browsing my collection of old doll patterns, old craft patterns, and old baby patterns. I’m sure in many of you may remember some of these from your childhood and I hope they rekindle happy memories of a simpler time.

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