Thursday, July 2, 2009
Hurry up and get here
Anyone who's handled many vintage sewing patterns knows that you can find interesting bits of history inside them. Legend is that many ladies hid their "mad" money inside the envelopes, though I've never found any. I keep hoping....
I have found lots of snippets of fabric, buttons, and newspaper clippings. I once found a WW2 love letter that was so sweet, it almost brought me to tears. But this particular pattern really made me stop and think.
When I got it, it was in the original mailing envelope. In our moving of the store, it's somehow gotten separated from it, but I'm sure it's going to show up soon. The envelope was from Vogue, of course, and was address to Miss So-and-So, and marked as Rush. Almost fifty years later, this pattern is still in factory folds. This got me thinking.
What made Miss S0-and-So order this pattern (in 1959, btw), and what made her order it as a Rush? Did she have an event to go to? Was the weather changing, requiring a new coat? Did she have a new job? Then take it a step further and ask, why did she never sew it? Did she break an engagement? Was there a horrible accident? What would make her rush it, then not sew it?
This pattern intrigues me like none other. What do you think?