Monday, October 12, 2009

Put on Your Best Bib and Tucker!

For a week I've been handling this pattern. Scanning, writing, listing, etc.........and every time I look at View D, that phrase pops in my mind. The tucked bib, just screams "Put on your Best Bib and Tucker" I decided to look up Bib and Tucker and find out exactly what that means.

Of course all of us of a certain age, remember the phrase, we grew up with it and it translated to "Put on your Sunday Go to Meetin' clothes". But where did the phrase originate and what did it originally mean?

I found several references.

On The Phrase Finder , I found this definition:

This term originated not in any figurative sense, but literally - both bibs and tuckers were items of women's clothing from the 17th to late 19th centuries.

Early bibs were somewhat like modern day bibs, although they weren't specifically used to protect clothes from spilled food as they are now. Tuckers were lace pieces fitted over the bodice - sometimes called 'pinners' or 'modesty pieces'. These were known by the late 17th century and were described by Randle Holme in The Academy of Armory, or a Storehouse of Armory and Blazon, 1688:

"A Pinner or Tucker, is a narrow piece of Cloth - which compasseth the top of a Womans Gown about the Neck part."

Tuckers, as the name suggests, were originally tucked in. Pinners differed by being pinned rather than tucked. Pinner is clearly the precursor of pinafore - originally pin-a-fore, i.e. pinned on the front.

On World Wide Word I found this which says roughly the same thing:

A tucker was a bit of lace worn around the neck and top of the bodice by 17th-18th century women, presumably something that was tucked in; the bib was closely related to our modern term — a shirt-front or covering for the breast. The expression is first recorded from the middle of the eighteenth century, initially only for women and girls, as you might expect, but later on also to men, when the words had become a fixed phrase and disengaged from their real meanings. Before then, the common expression seems to have been best bib and band (band meaning collar), also commonly used for men as well as women, which continued after the new term had come into use, though it seems to have died out at the end of the eighteenth century. The word derives from the same source as the tucker of food, but is unconnected in meaning.

Now you know all about Bibs and Tuckers.

You can find this and many more fabulous blouse patterns at cemetarian

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Heads up, Granma!

This just in! A rather large lot of vintage infant and toddler patterns, all with smocking details. From the 50's with one beautiful infant dress from 1936. During the next few days, I will be listing these particular six patterns on cemetarian at eBay. But there are duplicates in various sizes that will be added to

These and other adorable childrens patterns from the 1930's thru 2004 are easy to find by searching these categories!


Girls 0-3
Girls 4-7
Girls 8-12

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Rockabilly Chic

When buying patterns at Estate Sales it is common to find a lady with a certain style who bought every pattern that came down the pike...........this lady was one of the 50's she knew what looked good on her and she used her knowledge to the she had several and they are all stunning.......I'm in the process of listing these right now so just go on over to and search for Rockabilly and you will find them and many others.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Do you Twitter??

There's a new Twibe just for sewist.........come check it out!!!!

Sewing Twibe

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Vintage Weekenders NOW is the time to get them ready

Before there was a Company named Weekenders in 1999, travel or Weekend Ensembles were often called Weekenders. Simply because you could take one outfit and have something for the entire weekend. Also called Mix and Match.....the concept was simple. A blouse, a skirt, pants or shorts, perhaps a were set for whatever came your way. The trend faded a bit with pants and shorts becoming acceptable at Restaurants and other tourist attractions, but it never hurts to have a skirt to throw on just in case. These Weekenders can be found under the Weekenders Vintage category at If you are looking for more current styles you can find those under Wardrobes Modern.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Vintage 1940's Lovely Tucked Blouse

Here is a very cute front tucked blouse from the 1940's. It has that look of cute and delicate to it!

This is just one of many vintage patterns for sale at Cemetarian. Stop by and check out all the goodies she has!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Newly Listed Dresses & Suits from the 40's & 50's

1940's Butterick 4266 Two-Piece Dressmaker Suit Size 14 - Bust 32

Here is a sweet & sophisticated suit pattern that I came across today and listed. It has a peplum type jacket that I just adore! You can get this one at Your Pattern Shop.

Butterick 8089 Vintage 1950s Portrait Collar Rockabilly Dress Pattern B36

I just love the necklines on this pattern, especially that Portrait neckline!

This gorgeous one can be found at Cemetarian along with many, many others!

1951 Vogue Couturier 620 Yoked Slot-Seam Dress Sewing Pattern B34

Here is another beauty at Stitches & Loops along with many other gorgeous vintage patterns!

1957 Simplicity 2321 Dress & Cummerbund Size 14

I just found this little beauty at Patternmania2. I love the U shape back neckline along with those bouffant sleeves. I'm not real fond of bright yellow, but I think it looks great with dress!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Mail Order Patterns from the 1940's

Bizzie Lizzie sent me this wonderful Anne Adams Apron pattern as it is one of her favorites from the 1940's and now after seeing this one it has become on of my favorites. I love aprons, I have a big collection of them, I don't wear them, I just love to look at them, now how crazy is that?

Jackie @ Pattern Rescue sent this pattern, as the shoulder detailing caught her eye! I have to agree with her, it is catchy, and it goes very well with that dropped waist!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Walk A Way Dress And Its Rockabilly Cousin

In 1952, Butterick Pattern Co experienced a phenomenon it had not known since the 'Garibaldi Suit' of the late 1860's. They released pattern #6015, and dubbed it the 'walk-away' dress, because it was so easy you could "Start it after breakfast... walk-away in it for luncheon!". It's simple yet flattering wrap design and easy construction were what made it so popular.

The envelope back states: Here’s the smartest idea of the season….a dress that has only back, waist and shoulder seams, that has its back wrapped around to the front for a sheath-and-overskirt look. Binding finishes the edges. Wear it for any occasion.

Sales of the pattern were so great, that at one point manufacturing of all other patterns ceased, and only the 'walk-away' dress was produced until all back-orders for this dress could be filled.

The pattern was reproduced and released in the 90's under Buttericks "Retro" line, but the originals remain elusive to most collectors. Of the thousands of patterns I have collected and sold I have only had two.

And later that year Advance tried to steal Butterick's thunder with this lovely creation. It too is a wrap dress and very simple to make with only three pieces. So versatile you can whip it up to wear to the market, wear it over a sweater as a jumper, leave off a piece of the bodice and wear over a sexy jumpsuit for at home occasions or a strapless underslip for the fanciest cocktail party.

Both are available right now at cemetarian on ebay.

Friday, February 6, 2009

1940's Sweet, Classy & Sophisticated Suits

Here are two wonderful patterns from the 1940's. Both suits are beautifully tailored. I just love them long slender skirts, although I only envision 6' tall women wearing them, not someone like me that is only 5' tall!

You can find Vogue Couturier Design 373 at Stitches & Loops and Simplicity 2182 at What-I-Found-Sewing Patterns.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Up to no good...hmmmmm

"Betty, do you think we can fit that old painting underneath my skirt?"

"I think so Ruth, just let me get these gloves on so that I don't leave any fingerprints!"

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Turn the Clock's now 1928

This slide show combines 3 of my passions. Fashion, Patterns and Magazines. It's a McCall's Pull Out section from 1928............aren't they scrumptious?

Monday, February 2, 2009

Just found this sweet little bolero and skirt! This can be found at Patternmania2.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Are these pockets for breastfeeding?

I really like this simple little outfit, a real simple blouse and skirt, but the model on the right, with her little blouse, them pockets just don't do it for me, maybe with a pair of jeans or maybe if I were breastfeeding or something, but not with this graceful skirt! All I can see is the pocket being unbuttoned and a breast falling out!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Not Patterns but Squirrels and Woodpeckers and Such

Since I spend so much time at this computer, I had the hubby remove my widow screen so I could get photos of the birds and squirrels as they feed 4 foot from my desk.

We just had an Icestorm and the babies were hungry. But I didn't realize HOW hungry til I noticed this beauty eating a birdseed popcicle. The sleet had frozen in the bottom of the cup with the last bit of seed and he managed to dig it out and sat there for 15 minutes munching away on ice and millet.

And then I spotted this duo which is very unusual. A woodpecker and a wren sharing the same peanut butter and seed pine cone. Their friendship didn't last long but I did manage to capture it for posterity.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Say that again and I'll Poke you in the Other Eye!!!!

Kids can be's hard tell if the girl in the pink dress wants the little girls red hair bow or if she just wants to poke her in the eye.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Texas Weather! Ya Gotta Love it! Icestorm SALE

Ya know what they say about Texas Weather. If you don't like the weather, wait 5 minutes and it'll change.

Well it was 75 Saturday and today we are having an icestorm. So by this afternoon I will be completely House bound..........and maybe without power. But it will be gone Thursday and back in the 50's or 60's.........So to keep me busy, I'm listing NEW Old patterns over on cemetarian.

Come on over and play with me and use the coupon code Icestorm and get 20% off any and all purchases for the next 48 hours.

These are the ones I'm listing today. I hope!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Speakin' of Rockabilly......

Here's pages and pages of Butterick patterns from 1960........aren't the FUN. Viva Las Vegas.........or Mad Men.

Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Heaven

1955..........Pat Boone..........SWOON!!!! I know he isn't the epitome of Rockabilly, but..............he was so dreamy back in the day and his voice was what little girls dreams were made of. So........... Wanna be a Pair for those RAB Belly Rubbing Occasions. Well here's the chance. Pat Boone Twixt Twelve and Twenty Shirt and Dress.

The shirt can be found at cemetarian and the dress at Stitches and Loops on Main Street Mall.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

3 Legged Race

Jenny, on the left, & Sue, on the right, are getting ready for the 3-legged race. I think someone forgot to tell them that the legs should be tied together instead of Sue's foot being on top of Jenny's!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Covering Hickies!

Oh Betty, "I have a problem, the husband and I got a little friskie last night, does this scarf cover them hickies on my neck?"

Friday, January 23, 2009

Ever get that not so fresh feeling?

Duh! That is why I am wearing this red dress!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Leave it to Beaver

Doesn't this little boy look just like Jerry Mathers of Leave it to Beaver? The way he stands and the little smile on his face, not to mention the ears (sorry Jerry if you catch this but face it, you had the ears). The pants are pretty cool too. They have the Sailor type flap front that snaps up both sides and lots of pockets for boys to collect those things that boys frogs and snakes and rocks and such.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Just Patterns and Such

Find more photos like this on Just Patterns and Such

Cemetarian and I decided to start Just Patterns and Such for "commercial" patterns of all kinds. Patterns from vintage to new! Sewing, crochet, embroidery, knitting, plastic canvas, quilting, or whatever your passion may be, feel free to share and discuss it here. Share your tips and techniques with others!

Buyers, we have a section where you can list the patterns that you are looking for!

Sellers feel free to promote the patterns that you find!

Most of all, we want you all to your enjoy your time here and have fun!