VTNS Fan Freebie Friday – Vintage Instructions from the 1940s on Making a Man’s Suit into a Woman’s Suit

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Welcome to VTNS (Vintage Textile and Needlework Sellers) Fan Freebie Friday!

Vintage Crafts and More - Using a man's suit to make a woman's suitEveryone is always talking about recycling cans, paper and bottles, but have you ever thought about recycling your clothes. Specifically changing a man’s suit into a woman’s suit, well that’s what we’re talking about today.

This isn’t a new idea, in fact, the chapter we’re sharing is from a sewing book published in 1943.  Another time in our history when people were looking for ways to recycle what they had. There was rationing and everyone wanted to do their part during World War II to help the nation.

Maybe nowadays we can easily find a suit in any store close by, but there’s been a turn back to a simpler, less consumptive lifestyle and that is a good thing. Many of us are finding great bargains at our local Goodwill or Salvation Army thrift store. A perfect place to find a fashionable man’s suit to use with this project. You may find it made in a wonderful fabric that just isn’t available in a ready made woman’s suit.

This chapter in the sewing book is called Repeat Performance. A very suitable name for remaking a man’s suit. They do suggest using commercial pattern pieces to put your suit together. VTNS members have several suit patterns available. Illustrations of two different pattern layouts are shown with the instructions.

This is a great starting point to begin coming up with more ideas for clothing recycling projects. Be sure to share any you have on our VTNS Facebook Fanpage.Vintage Crafts and More - Instructions for recycling a man's suit into a woman's suit


Making a Man’s Suit into a Woman’s Suit

The instructions are in pdf format so to download the file you’ll need the Adobe Reader software on your computer. Most computers come with it, but it is free and can be found here.

Download Instructions: Right-Click the link and select either “save target as” or “save link as” depending on what browser you are using or simply click on it and save or print.



Crochet and Tatted Cross Book Mark Patterns – Fan Freebie

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It’s Good Friday and today we have some terrific cross book mark patterns from 1949. The nice thing about them is they’re easy to make, at least the crocheted ones, and can be made in a weekend. Plus they can be used for gifts for many occasions including Mother’s Day which will be here soon.

Two are crocheted and one is tatted. We did a blog post in January of this year about tatting that includes instructions, you can find it here.

They can be made with Tatting Cotton, Size 25, tatting shuttle or Mercerized Crochet Cotton, Size 30 and a size No. 12 or No. 13 steel crochet hook.


The first one is:

Crocheted Motif Cross Book Mark Pattern

This cross book mark would be very pretty using a variegated color cotton thread.




The next crocheted book mark includes a narrow ribbon through it.  Very pretty and easy to personalize with the color ribbon.

Crocheted Cross Book Mark No 6609 PDF






Tatted Cross Book Mark


This is the tatted book mark. Also would be pretty done in a variegated thread. The tassel on the end makes it easy to find your book page. Again there are how to tatting instructions on an earlier blog post you’ll find the link above.

The instructions for this book mark are small and a little hard to read so I’ve put them on two pages.

Tatted Cross Book Mark 2 pages PDF



Hope you enjoy the patterns for these pretty little book marks. Please be sure to share a photo if you make one.