Back in the early 80's besides rockin' the spikey short hair and HUGE earrings (yes...I really thought I looked WAY cool at the time), I was sewing baby clothes while my kidlets were napping, to sell at the local swap meet on Saturdays. I was a stay at home mommy of 2 and it brought some extra cash into our household. Back then, I could sew an entire outfit for my daughter for about 85 cents for the fabric.
Butterick #3088 was my "go to" pattern of choice for my little side business. I bought it in every size. Back in those days you had to buy multiple patterns if you wanted multiple sizes. It's a perfectly adorable basic jumper for boys and girls. Totally cute and totally FTS (fun to sew). I can remember cutting out 4 or 5 at a time in different fabrics and then sewing them up in no time. I even took custom orders and made matching outfits for siblings. There are patterns that are just classic and don't go out of style. And when they are simple in design, you have lots of room for embellishing or adding your own "flair". Even using these old patterns with the new fun designer fabrics makes some totally adorable little outfits! For this little jumper and hat for Evie I used Riley Blake's Quite Contrary and mixed it with some Robert Kaufmann fuchsia polka dots and some pink gingham. You could add ruffles at the bottom, or giant rick rack, the possibilities are endless! What old patterns do you have stashed away that you could breathe some new life into?