I truly enjoyed sewing for my daughters. Sewing days were often crock pot or casserole dinners; it helped free up more time for sewing. 

Holly HobbyWe had a lot of fun coming up with different outfits.  The television show, “Little House on the Prairie,” was popular at that time and was an inspiration for some of the things we came up with.  The Holly Hobbie craze was big too.  We made a trip to the historical Virginia City, Nevada dressed in the Holly Hobbie outfits.  My youngest daughter was in over-sized ego mode as strangers were asking if they could take photographs of them.  An antique photography studio owner approached me and asked if  she could purchase the outfits.  I used Simplicity 5996. The sewing pattern consists of a dress, pinafore and bonnet.  However, instead of elastic at the wrists, I made a band, buttoned cuff.   There’s a similar pattern offered by Butterick; Butterick 3186

1930s Photograph
In a different vein, I used this photograph to help date Simplicity 447.  The photograph was taken between 1934 and 1936.  Styles didn’t change as often back in the day as they do now.


Until next blog…..

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  • Mackenzie says:

    Wow! You are quite the seamstress. The outfits are adorable and I too, am a fan of Little House on the Prairie!

    • The Goose Mother says:

      As many Simplicity patterns, this one was quite easy to construct. Making a band cuff is simple too. A cute pattern and very easy to sew.

  • Robert says:

    Holly Hobbie girls? Are those, by any chance, your daughters? Robert

    • The Goose Mother says:

      Hey Robert!! Thanks for stopping by. Yes, those are my girls, except they’re all grown up now. Hope all is well with you. Take care!