With all the talented women who have lived and do live in Indianapolis, I’m guessing the number of capable seamstresses, in total, is astronomical.  A few such accomplished locals have started an organization called Pattern if you want to stay in the know in the now. (Fingers crossed for an up and comer with an eye for vintage  style).

So, speaking of “pattern” … A stack of dusty vintage patterns were my treasure from this weekend’s Old Northside Treasure Hunt–and in my size–no easy feat when you’re an Amazon woman. One problem down, a few to go: not exactly sure when I’ll find the time to make these–becoming a more proficient seamstress being the first obstacle. In the meantime, I’ll continue pondering where in Indianapolis I would have purchased the patterns and materials had I been around to buy these brand new.

Summer frocks, 1947

I’ve seen patterns with a sticker from Wm. H. Block & Co before, but who’s in the know? Where’d you go if you wanted to sew your own dresses?

1949 and dressier

1954, dressiest. Of this bunch.

Moms and grandmas may not be teaching sewing so much anymore, but in 2012 Indianapolis, Mass Ave is the place to go–specifically, Crimson Tate–a girly wonderland of fabrics and sewing goodness. Heather, the adorable goddess and owner of Crimson Tate offers classes and features some of the coolest fabrics you’ll find in the city.

She’s also the genius behind the fabulous Indiana pillow!

A few of Crimson Tate's Indiana pillows. Still need one...

Who else wants to take sewing classes soon? Adult sippy cups brimming with wine and using heavy sewing machinery…what could possibly go wrong?


4 responses to “Ladies Lounge: Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me Sew Me”

  1. basil berchekas jr says:

    Ayres, Wassons, and Blocks; those are the “big three” I remember…as a “kid”…

  2. Heather Givans says:

    Seriously. Love it. Check out to find our class schedule! Thanks, Tiff! xoxoxo

  3. Thomas Brown says:

    Having been raised by a woman who was a master seamstress, I spend a LOT of time fidgeting as Momma leafed through ALL the pattern books at Ayres, Block’s and Wasson’s. She made most of her own clothes and also whipped things up for a lot of friends and neighbors. Another strong childhood memory is of the parade of ladies who came to our house in Irvington for dress fittings…oh, and Momma clearing the breakfast dishes from the chrome dinette table to transform it into her pattern-cutting table.

  4. Tiffany Benedict Berkson says:

    Thomas, I love this. I wasn’t there, and I picture this perfectly!

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