I enjoy all kinds of vintage things, some of which include glamorous clothing, hats, furniture, lighting, and fabrics. I especially like feed sacks, sometimes called flour sacks. They were used to transport flour and grains from the 1920s – 1950s. After they were emptied they became valuable as fabric and were used to make dresses, aprons, nightgowns and many other household items. The manufacturers of the sacks realized the value of making pretty or cute feedsacks and so companies competed for business by making feedsacks that house wives would want to use for sewing. Here is a link to an interesting article on the Etsy Blog about feed sacks….
I was lucky enough to find a large collection of feedsacks at an estate sale about a month ago. I thought you might like to see the patterns… I was very excited to realize that what I thought were just vintage sheets were, in fact, feedsacks. Many are unopened, meaning that they are still in the form of a sack. Others have been opened at the seams and are ready to use as yardage.
This is another beautiful gown I recently purchased. It’s a 1950s Vanity Fair nylon and Chantilly lace creation with a very full acordian pleated skirt. This would be perfect for a bridal trousseau or even a wedding dress, if worn with a full slip. I think it is heavenly!
I had to show you my latest acquisition! This is one of the most beautiful gowns I have ever purchased! It’s late 1930s or early 40s sheer net lace dress with lace appliques and graduated bands of velvet on the skirt. There’s a side zipper and little zippers at the wrists. I am keeping this one!
I have been away from my blog for quite a while. I have a bit more time now to devote to adding content. There are quite a few things I have to tell you!
First, I have some rather exciting news! I was contacted by the asst. costume designer for a new television series and they purchased a lot of inventory from me! I was so excited, especially when I found out the name of the series will be “The Astronaut Wive’s Club”. I lived through that part of our American history and can remember where I was when we first landed on the moon. The show will be about the space race starting in late 1950s and ending in the early 70s. The wives had a club, of sorts, that was formed to offer encouragement and support, as they were the only people on earth who were going through the stresses and fears of having a spouse go into space. The series will be based on a book by the same name. Here are a few of the items they have purchased for the show so far…… I can’t wait to see them in action! It is supposed to air next year.