‘Vintage’, when used as an adjective, means “Denoting something of high quality, especially something from the past or characteristic of the best period of a person’s work” (according to The Oxford Dictionary). I like this definition! The word ‘vintage’ usually refers to the quality of fine wines. I like those too! But, for my purposes, I am using vintage as ‘old’ 🙂
Since carbon paper is a dated object, and the era of home economics classes is gone, and I was a part of this, I must be vintage too!
I remember using the colored ‘carbon’ paper to mark fabric when I used to sew my own clothes. Do you remember using the tracing tool? The picture above is the actual package and tool I used in my junior high school home economics class (they call them middle schools these days). For my younger readers, home economic classes taught you how to sew, cook, iron, and do many other domestic household chores! Sadly, these courses have not been offered in schools for several years (to my knowledge); budget cuts and possible lack of interest of students. 😦
Since I have not sewn garments in several years, I am assuming this method of marking is no longer used. I have seen the sewing gauges though, at a much higher price than I paid for mine! I still use this handy tool!
I was consolidating my sewing box with notions from my late mom and grandmother’s sewing boxes a few months ago, and found several ‘treasures’. (I shared the old spools of threads I found on a previous post.)
It was interesting to notice the prices on these old spools of threads. The amount of thread you could purchase for 15 cents then would cost at least $2.50 today! Today’s spools are certainly not made of wood either. I guess that is part of the charm of these old threads. Don’t you just love the wooden spools? I know there are lots of projects that I can find to use these. Here is a great idea for making a wreath from old spools of threads from Mrs. Hughes blog. (She has a wonderful blog about retro sewing, DIY and other interesting items. Certainly worth a visit!)
Several packets of sewing needles were included in my grandmother’s sewing box. I love the way they are packaged! They had a sense of ‘style’ to them.
Here are two of the packages as seen from the outside. The designs are priceless and I love the package from England!
I was surprised to find a little round, zippered box. I had not seen this before, but I could tell it had been around for a very long time.
I wanted to share these sewing items of past years with you and I hope you enjoyed looking at them. What ‘vintage’ sewing items do you still own?