Fun Finds: Antique Acme Dress Form and Vintage Knitting, Crochet and Sewing Supplies

by Dana

This weekend was filled with many great finds. Not only did I score an awesome antique dress form, but I also was given some vintage/antique knitting, crochet and sewing supplies. Keep reading to find out the details!

I have been in need of a dress form to help me with creating and displaying the items that I make and wanted to get one second hand as I like reusing items as much as I can and enjoy the look of vintage/antique pieces. I didn’t have to search long for one as my parents were able to give me a dress form that fit all the criteria I needed and more. They had an antique Acme adjustable dress form stored away that was my grandmother’s from the 1950s to offer me. Not only was this a vintage piece that was in great shape, is adjustable, didn’t cost me a thing, but it has personal family history attached to it as my grandmother used to make all of her dresses with it. I couldn’t have found or bought anything better. The picture above and below shows my Acme dress form.

If you’d like to learn more about vintage dress forms and the Acme adjustable dress form that I use (as shown in the images above),   blogger Amy Meade has a wonderful post on her blog that goes into more detail and history about them. Click here to read her post  “True to Form.”  Two fun facts that I learned about this Acme adjustable dress form is that it is featured in the HBO documentary Schmatta and that older models made around the early 20th century were under the name L&M (or Ellanam) as they were all made by the Ellanam Adjustable Form Company in Brooklyn, NY.

I also got a Styrofoam head (shown above) from my mom that is a little stained and worn, so I am planning to decoupage it with some interesting fabric or paper.  She figured that I am crafty and could do something with it rather than having her just throw it away. Once I get it all fixed up with some interesting fabric or paper and Mod Podge magic, it’ll be as good as new and perfect for displaying all the hats that I knit and crochet. 

The next items I am really excited about getting from this weekend all came from my husband’s mom.  (Who I might add is amazing!) The items are all vintage/ antique as well and consist of crochet hooks, knitting needles and sewing supplies that were in her family  She wanted to pass these down to me since I enjoy these types of crafty items. The first items I will share are some antique crochet hooks made from bone:

I plan on getting these mounted in a shadow box to display in my computer room once I get it converted and decorated to be used as a craft room. They are just too delicate, old and precious for me to even think about trying to actually use them. I’d be terrified of breaking them and be heart broken if anything happened to them. So, I figured that displaying them in my craft room as decorations would be the next best thing to using them. Aren’t the details on the handles beautiful?

The next items are some vintage knitting needles. I especially like the huge size 50 knitting needles with the red tops on them. They look so pretty displayed in my red vase.  

 

Finally, the last items are some vintage, antique sewing supplies: a wood darning tool, a Prudential Girl pin holder (from the early 1900s),  a National Life and Accident Insurance sewing kit, and two sewing boxes (not pictured). I plan on using the sewing boxes for storage and display once I get my craft room together as they are perfect for holding small supplies. 

Hope you enjoyed my post!

 

 

 

 

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