I started to think for some reason that sewing things disappeared from Norway like the dinosaurs did in a mysteriously massive sewing cataclysm that wiped all traces of patterns out in one fell swoop. So I've been on a sort of pseudo-archeological hunt to track down the history of sewing in this mysterious land of the knitted sweater.
So for about $40 (dirt cheap by Norwegian standards) I bought it all up and raced home to carefully examine each page of my loot.
|Can you say factory folds? Because I can.|
All of the pictures below are from the summer of 1945 catalog. The German occupation of Norway ended May 8, 1945, and the fashion in this booklet clearly represents a country that's able to breathe again after being released from underneath the boot of an enemy.
Check out this lingerie spread, it's to die for! In the picture below, the lingerie page has baby clothes tucked right in with almost every design... because, you know, lingerie leads to babies. This was just practical shopping.
Norway came into some major money some years ago when they discovered oil. With this influx of money came a very quick depreciation of anything old. Antiques are mostly cheap, if you can find them before the careless new generation throws them away. I'm now on a mission to find the last few remaining sewing patterns and save them from an evil generation of H&M clad Ikea shoppers toss them in the recycling bin.
SAVE THE PATTERNS!
WOW! Gorgeous find! So many congrats!!ReplyDelete
What a fantastic find! I love the fourth image. The illustrations are amazing.ReplyDelete
Oh my, these are amazing. The playsuits are extra cute. Lucky girl!ReplyDelete
Great find...I could look at these for hours!!ReplyDelete
WOW! What a great find! :)ReplyDelete
Congrats on your find and thanks for sharing it with us.ReplyDelete
Fantastic find! I love the illustrations :)ReplyDelete
what a find! Congrats!ReplyDelete
I looked a bit more closely and found a solution for a skirt I'm constructing... the brown one on the very right on the 2nd pic incomplete, but I got what I needed.
I can imagine how you felt. :-))))
I never found any here in Germany, only once and they were absolutely not for me, incomplete and expensive. :-(
OOOOOOOOOOOhhh!!! those finds are great!!!!!!! Congrats!!! I enjoy to see all the images you post here!!ReplyDelete
So lucky girl you are!! AS you, here in mexico, well at least in my hometwon I have never found vintage patterns I just found some magazines from the 50's and 40's but not in my hometown I found them in mexico city.
Wow, amazing! I'm laughing at your image of H&M wearing Ikea buying youths. Good luck in your search!ReplyDelete
What a fantastic find! enjoy your new treasures!ReplyDelete
How fabulous, even the more special for the hunt!ReplyDelete
Great finds! The funny part of this is that many of the patterns you show actually are Swedish. That is where the fashion came from back in the days (and still do...). Take it from me. I´m Norwegian! :-)ReplyDelete
Wow what amazing finds. I'm a little bit jealous, and happy for you - but mostly jealous ;)ReplyDelete
Wonderful find, lucky! Your title made me snicker.ReplyDelete
Wow, what a wonderful find! It's really difficult to find old sewing patterns in Sweden as well, but we haven't got the Norwegian oil-money. One thing I do know is that not everyone used commercial patterns back in the day, my grandmother is a brilliant seamstress but she's never used a commercial sewing pattern in her life. Maybe this was more common up here in the north?ReplyDelete
Be sure to post anything you get stuck on language-wise, as I'm sure you have both Swedish and Norwegian readers to help you :)
Thanks for sharing! These images are great! What a find, I wish you every success for your pattern-saving goal :-) Sam xoxReplyDelete
Hmm, thought you were about to make an announcement with that title!ReplyDelete