life: vintage sewing patterns yard sales
by Mommy Hobbies
In my napsack stash
Over the weekend my family and I were at Something Annual yard sale for a neighboring town. I say “Something Annual” because I don’t know how long it’s been going on but these people are hard core and the WHOLE town participates. The town literally shuts down for the day and people mill up and down the streets picking through other people’s stuff to add to their stuff collection. D and I managed to leave only spending a mere $5…if that. I like yard sales, but I tend to get a bit overwhelmed and my thinker stops thinking. System overload.
We were there to help the church with a bale sale, so yard sales weren’t really a priority. (If you follow me over on my Mommy Hobbies page on FB you’ll know all about the baking I did for this).
D and I picked through a few sales, found a baking dish $1, some sewing notions .25, a vintage measuring cup .50. Like I said, not really a priority. It was on our way out for the day, that I hit the mother load. I ran into an old friend. Ethel. She will always be a bright spot in my memory of living here.
I gasped when I saw her. A little dramatic, I know, but I hadn’t seen her in over a year. I ran and hugged her. We chatted for a bit and then she asked me if I’d like some fabrics…well, sure, what was I going to say, “no”? Then she asked if I wanted some patterns because she was “cleaning out” her basement. Three boxes. Three boxes of vintage patterns. Like I said — mother load.
The beauty of these patterns is that a lot of them are classic style and would only take a couple of “tweeks” to modernize them. Nothing major, but these will stand the test of couture time because these are the base for most, if not all, of our clothing today. It just keeps getting recycled and “upgraded” is all.
Notice the sleeves? Similar cut to the top in the first pattern I shared. Fashion is just one big circle.
*Runway photo via Sartorialist*
I’m so excited about these. Fashion is your friend if you know how to treat it.