It’s Fun to Sew for Halloween — 1950

McCall pattern 1557: witch's robe and hat, tail wagging stuffed cat, too! McCall needlework catalog, 1950.

McCall pattern 1557: witch’s robe and hat, tail wagging stuffed cat, too! McCall needlework catalog, 1950.

mc call nov 1950 catlg witch cost text 500“Broomstick-riding attire for a Hallowe’en masquerade party — a full flowing robe of black sateen or chintz, with a shoulder cape and high peaked hat. Applique a big orange-colored pumpkin on the front, and face the full sleeves with orange. Hide her own hair under the hat, which has a ‘wig’ of  black or orange-colored wool yarn attached. Of course, standard equipment for all witches is a black cat. Make this stuffed one with pearl buttons for eyes, yarn whiskers. Pattern is cleverly designed so the tail wags.”

Personally, I think the little witch with the purple lining and hair looks pretty delightful, too. McCall’s came right out and said this was a witches’ costume. A year earlier, Butterick described a  much less interesting child’s pattern as “An all-time favorite, the broomstick-rider:”

Hallowe'en costumes from Butterick Fashion News, Nov. 1949.

Hallowe’en costumes from Butterick Fashion News, Nov. 1949.

Well, it’s a little late to sew for Hallowe’en now, but it’s nice to see that a little girl could choose to be a ballerina or a pirate in 1949:

Butterick Fashion News, Nov. 1949.

Butterick Fashion News, Nov. 1949.

“An adventurous young lass in search of treasure is sure to find it in this pert pirate costume. Sizes 2 – 18, 22 – 36.”

 

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Filed under 1940s-1950s, Children's Vintage styles, Old Advertisements & Popular Culture, Vintage patterns

6 responses to “It’s Fun to Sew for Halloween — 1950

  1. Oops! I meant to schedule this for Oct. 31st. Maybe there is time to sew for Hallowe’en — but not Hallowe’en 1949.

  2. I made myself crazy sewing Halloween costumes for my children. Now, I am basking in glory as some of the outfits I made will be re-used by my grandchildren!

    • They are soooo fortunate! I have a 1950s picture of me in a Halloween costume at school — In my class, we felt sorry for the kids who had to wear store-bought costumes — how things have changed. Vintage costumes = lucky grandkids!

  3. I love that the witch comes with the pattern for the cat!

  4. Pingback: Hallowe’en Memories | Remembered Summers

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