January 27, 2013 by thepolishedbutton
When I owned my costume hire business, we often had donations of lovely vintage clothing and fabric. Not long before we closed, I had a call from a lady who had ‘a few bits and bobs’ that may interest me. What I recieved was a fabulous and extensive collection of 30’s and 40’s gloves, hats and handbags. Also included in the box was a large selection of vintage sewing magazines and patterns. I have recently dug these out and had forgotten what a wonderful resource they are. I am pretty much down to just paper transfers now, but the designs are so classic I had to share some with you.
The transfers (known as hot iron transfers for obvious reasons) were designed for embroidery, and you just ironed the transfer in thr right place, peeled away to reveal the inky lines and followed them to create a pretty embroidered area. Often seen in tablecloths and napkins, they also leant themselves to collars, cuffs and petticoats.
I am selling the patterns myself through my etsy shop, but will make sure to document them first as you never know when they may come in useful for research purposes! (you can see how they have inspired my Spoonflower fabric designs!)