one of my favorite things to do throughout the year in portland is go to estate sales.
usually i find many treasures. one of the particular kinds of treasures i like is paper ephemera. i collect vintage sewing items and have for what seems like a million years. most of the patterns and booklets are items that i already own, but sometimes i come across new ones.
another of the things i enjoy finding is booklets on how to build homes from the post war days.
below are some recent acquisitions of random paper ephemera.
these two ladies are so pretty. i wonder why their families didn’t keep these.
this booklet gives step-by-step instructions on the entire process of constructing a garment. pretty impressive for only 49 pages.
it even includes these directions on how to set up your work space!
the ultimate in diy….how to build your own concrete home.
this is a mod girl from a booklet on how to sew zippers into your clothes.
i crochet, too, but i’m not very good at reading the patterns. too bad…i have a ginormous collection of these booklets on how to knit and crochet from the turn of the century up through the sixties. will trade sewing with someone who wants to make me a new sweater.
…and another booklet that runs the gamut with instructions on everything related to making a dress…even below….how to choose a color of fabric that will work well with your hair color!
remember when fabric and everything else was made in the united states. this shift to virtually everything being manufactured overseas has occurred during my lifetime. very odd…
to summarize, i love going to estate sales and getting a glimpse into the lives of people from another era with other interests and values. i, obviously, love looking inside the homes, too.