Thursday, August 19, 2010

Vintage sewing tool: skirt marker

Vintage skirt marker

When we're at home in Indiana, I have no one to mark hems for me, save Douglas (who's not the most experienced). So I was quite chuffed when my mom brought this home for me from a garage sale.

Based on the woman's dress, I would guess it to be from the late 1930s or early 1940s. The marker works by puffing chalk dust onto you skirt at a uniform height from the floor. This one is missing its base but I think it will work fine without it (or I can scavenge up a makeshift one). I can't wait to try it out!


  1. Gosh, when I was learning about sewing in home-ec class (grammar school, I guess), we were taught how to use one of those - this was in the '60s.

  2. What a brilliant find! I love that you can do it yourself, and chalk hems are so accurate -- and with the original box? Quite a treasure!

    I just have to say, I was thrilled to see someone used the word "chuffed." I think it's high time it is adopted into American usage!


  3. Grand! I wish these were still being produced. Do let us all know if this little treasure proves to be useful.

  4. Awesome! and it's cute besides!
    My sewing teacher told us to mark a broom handle or wooden dowel-and then even you're hubby can manage, or You can drill a hole to hold a piece of chalk if you usually use the same heights..... :)
    First time here! You have a beautiful blog! and i've never heard the word 'chuffed' used that way before.... :)