Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Finding a Cache of Threads

In the last couple of weeks, I've found some delightful thrift store scores. One of them was this stack of Threads magazines from the late 90s/early 2000s. There were 21 in the stack but I already owned two, so came home with 19 new-to-me magazines.

I really like having physical magazines to flip through when I'm in the mood for it. I can flag any technique or project I want to try; I can pick them up and put them down without fear of losing track of which website I was on when I saw something interesting! And I'm not a Marie Kondo follower, so I actually like having a row of magazine boxes on my shelf :)

In any case, I had a lot of fun looking through these old magazines. I found a couple of articles in particular that are really useful to me right now. Isn't it funny how styles may change, but the sewing info found in these articles remains golden for years.

And I found familiar names from today's sewing world on Instagram and Pattern Review, in the tips and letters sent in, even from the early 2000s! (TCSewhat, I'm looking at you LOL)

Something I really enjoy about older magazines (these ones are at least 20 years old now) is checking out all the advertisements, especially the ones in the back. Even with only a 20 year gap some of them feel ancient. But there are SO MANY Indie pattern designers advertising regularly; we'd be remiss to think that the Indie revolution started with Colette.

I was so intrigued by the advertisements that I started searching online to see if any of those indie designers were still in business. It was surprising to find that many still were, with a few no longer designing but still having their patterns available. So to close, here are just some of those originals who are still designing and selling in the Indie Pattern world albeit most of them with very retro websites. Have fun checking them out!

Islander Sewing Systems

Petite Plus Patterns

Christine Jonson Patterns

Cutting Line Designs

Green Pepper

Pamela's Patterns


Saf-T-Pockets Patterns

Silhouette Patterns

L.J. Designs

Great Copy

Pavelka Design (so 90s! No longer designing but patterns are still available to order)


  1. What an interesting thing to do ... looking at all the ads and thinking about them!! It is a bit of social history. And to see who has stayed the distance. I have had patterns from a few of them over the years.

    1. I think it is my history background -- I've always been interested in the ads and the forgotten bits in old sources :)


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