Friday, November 20, 2009


Calico, calico - another of my favorite fabric patterns. I like it in all colors! But I admit to being partial to red and yellow:
Bright green is pretty, too:
And I like these stuffed ornaments I found at a thrift store:
The red below is a napkin, the pink is a remnant - I will always buy a pretty calico remnant from a thrift store!
Adorable - a red pig and a calico cat in yellow, to make with McCall's pattern #2187. You could probably find it on eBay:
And here's another Calico Cat (with the Gingham Dog!), from a 1973 Seventeen magazine:
More calico - even seam binding. The red is a huge valance that as free at a thrift store:
If you don't want cute animals, then I suppose you could make this funky angel or stuffed eggs. I don't think I want to.
But, oh, I DO like these dresses in calico jersey from a 1970 Seventeen Magazine. Both from "Charlie's Girls":
My friend Debbie had a red and yellow calico dress back in 1971:
And I had a yellow one! (I LOVED it- and I think I wore it until it fell apart!)
And I can tell you I wouldn't have minded owning this pretty ensemble from Jennifer Dale back then! (From 1970,also)
Three years later, in 1973 - Better Homes and Gardens had these patterns you could send for (from Burda Patterns of Germany), so that you could dress your little girl in calico, as well.
And calico is STILL popular, isn't it? Well, even if it isn't, I still love it anyway.


Tina Dawn said...

Calico is a very "Gold Country Girl" fabric too, full of history. It was a cheap and light fabric that the pioneer women used quite frequently. I have two lovely sunbonnets made of calico, and I am in the midst of collecting a costume such as a "miner 49er's" wife would wear in Kelsey, which hopefully will include a nice calico blouse. When I was a young mom I made two simple tops with elastic short sleeves and neck that were out of lovely light cotton calico, and I am sure one of my dresses I wore as a waitress at the Sierra Nevada House was a brown calico. I love the little pig and calico cat patterns, but that poor angel looks like it is being tortured. Great finds, I enjoyed this post a lot. Love T

Jennifer D said...

The more I read this blog the more I am sure that I am a "Gold Country Girl" just... from the East side. I love calico, The second red calico pic reminds me of a bit of fabric I have. I have saved it because I had a little outfit made of it as a child and when I learned to sew I made Barbie an apron out of it. Oh... how I wish I still had that apron. I guess if I was a REAL GCG I would've saved it!

Mid Century Madam said...

I love the picture of you with your family. The whole scene is just so sweet, and your dress is adorable, so Heidi.

Viewliner Ltd. said...

You know, I like Calico too! And the ghost town is pretty cool also! :-)

yosemite faith said...

red and yellow were rhondas favorite colors - so i always think of her when i see them. i love all the examples you found-really cute!

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Is there anything as sweet as calico? Love the calico cat and gingham dog! Twyla