Green Vintage Ripple Stitch

Here’s the green scarf I made using the Vintage Ripple Stitch pattern without the “V” design. This was super easy because I didn’t have to pay attention to turning the corner every three sets of stitches.

Green Vintage Ripple Stitch 6

I used apple flavored Red Heart Gum Drop yarn. It was marked down and the only skein in the bin so if it wasn’t enough, I might have ended up ripping it out, but it turned out to be just the right amount for a scarf.

In case you missed it here is the scarf where I found this stitch pattern. , and this afghan pattern was also helpful in figuring it out.

Green Vintage Ripple Stitch 7

I turned the first row after six sets of stitches and it ended up being about 5 1/2 inches wide, and 39 inches long. It’s not quite long enough to go around my neck twice as an infinity scarf, and not long enough to tie if I leave it flat. So I came up with Plan B.


Green Vintage Ripple Stitch Scarf JanMadeIt

But I didn’t want to actually stitch the buttons to the scarf so I figured out another way to use them.

Green Vintage Ripple Stitch 2

I liked these huge turquoise buttons, but they were too big to use without adding a button loop. So, I attached a smaller yellow button on the back which will fit through holes in the pattern of the scarf. It’s kind of a toggle button and works like a cufflink.

Green Vintage Ripple Stitch 3

I used matching pearl cotton to stitch them together and slipped a crochet hook between them to leave space between the two buttons as I stitched them back to back.

Green Vintage Ripple Stitch 5

Now I can slip the yellow button through the scarf to make an infinity scarf. If I want it high around my neck I can wrap it twice and then button it into place. I can criss-cross it across my throat and button it together in any number of ways.

The smaller yellow buttons look just as good on the backside as the large buttons do on the front.

Green Vintage Ripple Stitch Scarf on Jan Made It

I’ll track down a model and show you the variety of ways these two-sided toggle buttons will shape a scarf. I have a few other scarves that could have a whole new look with some toggle buttons. I’m on the prowl, especially in my own button stash, for other sets of buttons I could use on a variety of scarves.

Trouble is we’ve had a very mild winter here and my scarf-wearing days are about over for the season. But I’ll be ready when the next cold wind comes sweeping down the plains.  Which here in Oklahoma might be tomorrow or the next day.

Got a pattern? Make a dress!

I love patterns. I don’t think I’d yet outgrown Christmas toy catalogs when I discovered pattern books.

Stylish Mid Century Patterns on Jan Made It

I didn’t realize turquoise was such a huge color in the 60s, but it keeps showing up on pattern envelopes from that decade. These two patterns are very different, one is understated and the other is ready to party, they equally represent the style of the era.

I used to spend forever flipping through those huge volumes looking for just the right dress or outfit for my wardrobe.

McCalls 6226 1978 vest pattern on

Diane Keaton started a new trend with her style in Annie Hall. I really like the shape of this Annie Hall inspired vest. I might have to make one of these before I sell this pattern.

My back-t0-school shopping started at the fabric store in July. Mom and I sent the pattern numbers I picked to my Florida Grandma and before Labor Day I would receive a box FULL of new clothes ready to wear.

1948 Swing Coat by Simplicity on

I love 40s era swing coats, and was delighted to find this pattern in my stash. It’s lined, but I think I’ll use fleece and make it reversible. It’s Simplicity 2380, copyright 1948 and the pattern is uncut. I’ll draw my own pattern so this one will be for sale soon.

I have several tubs full of personal patterns and recently discovered the joys of collecting patterns that belonged to someone else.

Stylish Mid Century Patterns on Jan Made It

This dress has a pieced bodice, and the jacket is pieced along the same lines. It’s the perfect forerunner to the color block styles that made an appearance shortly. I like the little bow that’s on the jacket. It’s something Sally would wear on the Dick Van Dyke Show. She always had a little bow in her hair.

One batch—a baker’s dozen—was tied up with cotton string. The earliest is the 1948 swing coat, which I want to make for myself.

Stylish Mid Century Patterns on Jan Made It

We didn’t care how much trouble it was to go to the bathroom, these jumpsuits were a huge hit in the 60s. And yes, we managed even with the zipper in the back. These were very cute, and fun to wear.

Most of the patterns in this bundle are from the 60s, with the Nehru blouse set one of the most recent. Seems like about half this batch is uncut. The ones that are used are still very neat and tidy.

Stylish Mid Century Patterns on Jan Made It

In 1968 Nehru style was a big hit. I love this blouse set. The print on the left is open down the front and can be worn as a jacket. Check out the bell sleeves. The white one fits closer to the body and slips over your head. These would look great over a pair of leggings or skinny jeans. I wonder if I have a piece of vintage paisley somewhere around here.

I started itemizing my pattern collection last week but I  haven’t done the math to guess of how many patterns I might have. Every time I turn around I find a few more shoe boxes, or maybe a grocery sack full of them.

Stylish Mid Century Patterns on Jan Made It

Can’t you see Peggy wearing this dress to the office in the early years of Mad Men

I realize I have way more patterns than I think I do. A stack six or eight inches tall turned out to be about twenty patterns so a shoe box might hold fifty patterns. I have a LOT of shoe boxes full of patterns.


This looks like a dress and jacket, but it’s a blouse and skirt. And the blouse has a waistband so you don’t have to keep tucking it in. The blouse buttons up the back. That very tiny slit at the throat was a popular style element at the time. I think Betty Draper on Mad Men would have worn the floral print, with the matching jacket on the right. The solid color with contrast trim looks like something Jackie would have worn. The light and dark contrast and pillbox hat remind me of the pink and navy Chanel suit she wore in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963. I like the 3/4 sleeves that perfectly line up with the hem of the jacket which makes them just right for those gloves.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Stylish Mid Century Patterns on Jan Made It

Again on Mad Men this is absolutely something Peggy would have worn after her promotion to copy writer. This dress has a low waist that drops into a V on one hip. There is a sew-in waistband and attached bow. I’m not a fan of the kimono sleeves, but I like the waistline.This is a Marian Martin mail order pattern.

In the meantime, contact me if you see something you want.

Stylish Mid Century Patterns on Jan Made It

Have you seen Alfred Hitchcock‘s Rear Window? Thelma Ritter played Jimmy Stewart‘s health care attendant in that movie, which is one of my favorites. She showed up as a housekeeper in a few movies of that era, and this dress and coat reminds me of something she might have worn when she worked with Doris Day.  How’s that for six degrees of separation from Rock Hudson?

Some pattern companies have reissued old patterns in the past few years and there are some retro-inspired patterns also available.

Stylish Mid Century Patterns on Jan Made It

This is your basic “I Love Lucy” kind of pajama set. A loose-fitting button front shirt with elastic waist pants is all there is to it, but I really like the little pouch they included. It’s a simple envelope all decked out with lace trim that matches the pjs. Too cute!

Tell me if there’s a style or specific pattern number you’re looking for and I’ll let you know when I come across it.

Tent Dress on

Tent dresses, as we called them, were all the rage when I was in junior high. I had a few, usually made by mom. My favorite was similar to this with a rolled collar. It was lightweight polyester crepe, white with huge green polka dots. I remember wearing it the last day of school in ninth grade. It was so cool and comfortable.

Shipping will be about $2 for most patterns. The oversize Vogue Designer patterns, and overstuffed pattern envelopes will cost more to ship and I will combine shipping for multiple purchases.

Stylish Mid Century Patterns on Jan Made It

This was a “mail order” pattern company. Once a week on the women’s page there was a small ad with one of the patterns and where to send your money to buy it. For fifty cents you could get a catalog.

As to individual pattern prices, it will depend on which pattern it is, and the condition of the pattern. I’ll check each pattern as I list them (which is why this will take a little while) to make sure all the pieces are there.

Stylish Mid Century Patterns on Jan Made It

Matching coats were part of ensembles at the time. The dress, a simple construction with inset waist, sleeveless or with short sleeves, is made more interesting with a matching coat. The coat can also be made with 3/4 length sleeves.

I know some of the patterns have missing pieces and some patterns will be too wrinkled, crinkled and tattered to use for sewing. Those odds and ends will go into a stash and be available for decoupage or other paper projects.

Even if you don’t sew it’s fun to look through the fashions we wore.

Is there a certain style or era that speaks to you?


Baby Bibs and Slippers ~ Recycling Denim Jeans

Here’s what I’ve been up to this week.


I’ve been stitching up more of my Denim Jean Skirts  and of course my mind is wandering over all the ways I can use the leftover denim.


I was sewing at the flea market a couple of weeks ago and someone came by and got all excited about these bibs she’d been making for friends.


She was making the kerchief trimmed ones and said they are excellent “drool” bibs for teething toddlers. Then she came back the next week and brought me a sample and a template so I could sell them.



After I made a couple with kerchiefs I spied a stash of eyelet trim and decided to use it to decorate a few in a different style.



Then I was checking through pinterest looking at other uses for old jeans and came across some baby slippers, which I adapted with an elastic band around the heel.



And then I added trim to match the bibs.


Aren’t they cute?

I have them at my booth at the flea market at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds this weekend and I’ll add them to my etsy store next week.

Do you have an idea for a denim makeover? I’ve made small purses, a small tote, and lots of skirts. What’s your favorite?


More Jean-Top Skirts ~ Cute, Huh?

Last year I scrounged up a handful of jeans that I intended to make into purses or aprons.

Since I tend to scrounge up too many things I haven’t done that yet, but I did come across a couple that I turned into few more jean skirts! You can find the first batch I made here.

Jeans Makeover into a Skirt on JanMadeIt

First I made these two adult size skirts… too big for me—thank goodness—but I had them, so I made them. The one on the left is a denim skirt with those rarely used cloth napkins attached on the diagonal. Very light and fluttery.

On the right, it’s a black pair of jeans with a cotton skirt detached from the waistband. Both are cool and comfy with all the handy pockets intact.

I admit I should have pressed the hankies before I took this picture, but “C’est le vie”…

So following up on this I wanted to do some more with the cloth napkins… which are bountiful at estate sales, and way underappreciated.

Jeans Makeover into a Skirt on JanMadeIt

Again, I should have cleaned off the ironing board and pressed these, but you get the idea.

Jeans Makeover into a Skirt on JanMadeIt

This was a Gymboree size 5 jean with pink stitching.

Jeans Makeover into a Skirt on JanMadeIt

I found an oversized napkin—only one—and cut it into quarters. I hemmed the raw edges of the napkin pieces and then trimmed the other two sides with rick rack, pink lace, and more rick rack.

Jeans Makeover into a Skirt on JanMadeIt

The other pair of jeans was from Arizona & Co., size 10 1/2 Plus.

Jeans Makeover into a Skirt on JanMadeIt

I cut three lace edged napkins in half on the diagonal—making six pieces—and layered them before stitching them to the bottom of the jeans top.

Jeans Makeover into a Skirt on JanMadeIt

Cute, huh?

If you want to know how to make one of your own let me know and I’ll post a more detailed tutorial. And these are for sale if you’re interested.

Thanks for reading!


Mash Up: Jeans and Salvation Army Skirts

Last week I was scrolling through a crafty email I get and found this very cute Prairie Skirt DIY. I couldn’t wait to make one of my own.

I wear jeans practically every day. Picking through old furniture—painting, sanding, and hauling—jeans are absolutely the way to go. And the pockets and belt loops are so practical. With my phone tucked into a pocket and my keys clipped to a belt loop I have both hands free to work. And nothing beats the dark blue indigo to wipe off dirty hands after handling rusty old junk.

Jeans Skirt Mash-Up

But now that summer is here, jeans are not hot-weather friendly and it was time for me to alter my wardrobe.

I’ve been shopping the half-price clothes on Wednesdays at the Salvation Army Store from time to time. My primary goal is to find fabrics I like and the occasional vintage piece I can’t resist. I also had a couple of “prairie-style” dresses from several years ago. I really liked the fabrics and I couldn’t bring myself to discard them. Now they have a second life and I’m enjoying them all over again.

Blue and Gray Calico Jean Skirt

They had a shin length skirt attached to an empire waist so there was quite a lot of fabric to add to a skirt. The dresses buttoned down the front center, but I slid the buttons to the side when I put this together.

I cut the skirt away from the bodice just above the waist seam to take advantage of the gathers already sewn in place. Then I cut into the jeans.

Jeans Skirt

I cut into the first pair about an inch below the zipper. Keeping the jeans flat I did my best to cut a straight line across the front. I folded them in half to mark a spot below the side pocket that would be even on both sides.

Jeans Skirt Back Pockets

When I cut across the back, I detoured around the hip pockets.

Denim Jean Skirt Hip Pocket

When I matched the thrifted skirts with the jeans hip bands I started by pinning at the side seams and matched it up across the front. I laid it flat, with right sides together and pinning it all the way across the bottom of the pockets.

Jeans Skirt Hip Pocket

When I stitched the two pieces together I skipped stitching over the pockets. Next step I turned the skirt to the right side and pinned the skirt to the pocket doing my best to keep that unattached section from sagging. Then I picked a starting placed and top-stitched to flatten the seam allowance below.

Hip Pockets

With a snip to the corner of the denim pocket I left the raw edge on the outside of the skirt. I top-stitched again just below the pocket stitching and trimmed the raw edge to reduce future fraying.

Hip Pocket Wrong Side

Here’s a look at the inside if that helps any.

Turquoise Jean Skirt

For the turquoise skirt, it matched up with the jeans less than an inch above the top ruffle. I cut about six inches on the top of the skirt.

Floral skirt, belt loops

The floral skirt had a wide flat band at the top with extra wide belt loops on each side. I removed about two inches from the top of this skirt to get it to fit. I snipped the belt loops off at the top and then reattached them into the seam when I stitched it to the jeans. I didn’t want to make a hole at the bottom of the belt loop and who knows, I might need a couple of extra belt loops one of these days.

Pocket Flap

These jeans had a floral lining to the pocket flap that didn’t match my skirt. I thought to cover it with the skirt fabric but didn’t want to worry with the button-hole.

Pocket Ruffle

I decided to edge the flap with a ruffle made from the fabric I removed from the waist.

I love my new skirts and can’t wait to make a few more!

Jeans and Skirt Mash-Up

The hard part has been finding jeans I’m OK with cutting up. I wear Talls and two of these jeans were regular length, but they cost me about two dollars at an end of year clearance so I bought them anyway. They fit beautifully and are so comfortable without the crotch in them. I found the other two pair at the Salvation Army. One pair of jeans fit perfectly and turned out to be Tall! But I cut them up anyway. The one with the pocket flaps was a pair of shorts.

You can top these off with a t-shirt, tank top, or whatever you’d wear with jeans. A pretty lacy camisole and sexy sandals take you out for a summer evening, while a simple t-shirt and tennis shoes gives you a work-around-the-house outfit. I won’t be painting in these, but I have more than once used the skirt-tail—as my grandmother would call it—to dry my hands.

I have a few red and white print skirts, a small stack of pink print skirts, and a couple of sun dresses with full gored skirts. They are all looking to hook up with a pair of jeans.

Where would you wear one of these, and what would you wear with it?

Col. Dick’s Antique and Collectors Market

I rounded up some of my things and took them to the local flea market in May. It was my first foray into this kind of  selling. Dick Ross has held this flea market at least once a month for the past 14 years.

Some vendors have tidy little spots filled with impeccable antiques: lace doilies, clean tablecloths and polished tables catch your eye.  Others are a jumble of boxes you would find piled in an old garage: greasy tools, light fixtures, door knobs, knick knacks, old toys, dusty baskets, and household appliances from decades past. Anything goes at this event, new stuff, old stuff, some junky, some pristine.

Pillowcase Dresses

My retro aprons, pot holders, and pillowcase dresses attracted a lot of attention.

My booth was the only one of this type, so people were not coming to here to shop for what I had, but I was well received by other vendors and visitors alike. I received a lot of positive feedback and made sales enough to make it worth my while to go back next month.

Flea Market Table

The ceramic tile coasters were a best seller.

There were nostalgic comments about my school desks, but I need to do something to make them pop in order to sell them. I have some ideas, but first I have to find the right paint to stick to this surface. In spite of the bad memories they might bring up, these tablet chairs are surprisingly practical for making a grocery list, jotting notes on a calendar or other mundane tasks.

Trust me, when I get through with this, you’re going to want one for yourself.

Student Desk

This practical student desk needs some help.

I especially enjoyed the feedback about my Owley Cats. Everyone who saw them was taken by them. “So cute!” was heard most often. Several visitors helped me embellish the legend of this endangered species.

Owley Cats

The Owley Cats were easily the most "awwww" inspiring item on the table.

I’ll be back at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds on Friday and Saturday, June 10 and 11.

I’ll have more ceramic coasters just in time for Father’s Day gifts. They’re 2/$5.

I’ll have sizing on my pillowcase dresses. They’re $25.

And I’ll have Potato Bags, a shopper request, which makes great baked potatoes. Check out my baked potato posting on Larrupin to see what I’m talking about. These will be $6 each for the Two Potato Bag; and $8 for the family size. Instructions and a few recipes will also be included.

Potato Bag

Fast and fluffy baked potatoes come from this simple cotton bag.

Pillowcase Dresses Are Here

I put pillowcase dresses in the back of the closet over the winter and now it’s time to shake them out and make some more. So far no actual pillowcases were harmed in the making of these dresses, but I did use real kerchiefs for this hot pink number.

Black paisley ribbon adorns the ruffle at the neck and black polka dots tie the dress at the shoulders.

Kerchief Dress

This little dress is cute enough to starch and pair with strappy sandals for a nice event, but it’s also durable enough for her to wear to the playground. At 18 inches from shoulder to hem it’s a little long on this two-year-old—who is about 3 feet tall—and it’s not something you’ll have to discard after a season.

Kerchief Dress

Pair it with bloomers, shorts, or jeans and it becomes a tunic and then a top before she’s done with it.

Kerchief Dress

Alice was a great model!

Paintbrush Print Dress

She wanted to wear “more colors” and picked out this bright one to model. It looks like it’s been swiped with a wide paint brush. At 22 inches long it would fit a 3–4 year old. The heavier fabric is 100% cotton but if you hang it up while it’s still warm from the dryer it doesn’t look like it will need any ironing to keep it looking smooth.

Matching Accessories… SOLD!

Fabric Layered Hair ClipI couldn’t find the right shade of ribbon for a hair bow so I used scraps from the dress to make this hair clip.

It’s almost 5 inches across and three layers of fabric. The fabric is scalloped or cut into a deep V before I gathered each piece into a circle and piled them on top of each other. It’s attached to a French clip.

I can make this style of flower accessory different sizes and attach it to hair clips or pins. It can adorn a dress, jacket, hat or purse unless you simply want to wear it in your hair.

Kitty Cat Print DressHere’s the dress I was matching. It’s about 29″ long and is already spoken for (I think). It’s one-of-a-kind since the cat print is discontinued and I used all but a few scraps.

Green on Green with Falling Leaves

  • Appliqued dress, 21″, $35.
  • Matching Hair Clip or Pin, $10.

Green on Green With Falling LeavesHere’s new take on the Green on Green toddler/preschool dress I made recently.  It’s the same dress in the previous post with the addition of gold, red, rust and yellow leaves appliqued around the hem and the collar.

The dress is 21″ long from shoulder to hem and the price is $35.

Falling Leaves Pin or Hair ClipThe matching accessory is 4 layers of fabric: green plaid, gold, light yellow, and red with gold pine cones. It’s over 5 inches across. It can be fitted with a hair clip or pin and is $10.

If I made this into a pin, will it best be called a brooch, or a corsage?  Broosage?  Hmmm.  Either way, it’s a fun addition.

Pretty darn cute! This outfit will go a long way into cool weather with matching tights and a turtleneck. Dark green, dark red, gold, and off white are just a few of the colors that would work. It can also be worn over jeans as a top for school age girls.

Enjoy a Kerchief Dress in a Collection of Colors

Orange and Black Kerchief Dress

This is a different look for game day if your team colors are orange and black. And if not, I have lots more colors to choose from. Worn over a t-shirt or light sweater and jeans this little number will make it through football season with ease.

These traditional paisley print kerchiefs are 21-inches square and available in about a dozen colors, polka dots, animal prints, ballet dancers, dog bones, red peppers and an assortment of  other designs.

Colors include black, white, red, dark red, navy blue, bright blue, baby blue, turquoise, green, baby pink, hot pink, lavender, purple, and other shades.

The dress/top is 100% cotton and machine washable in cold water. Use a hot iron if desired.

This one is about 20 inches from shoulder to hem. The front features the black inset and the back is solid orange. The ruffle is made of strips of black kerchief and the ties are 3/4-inch polka dot grosgrain ribbon.

  • $25.00
  • The matching bows are $5 each.
  • Shipping and handling is $6.

Black & Orange Kerchief Hair BowKerchief and Lace Hair Bow

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