Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Vintage Pattern Love

It seems I'm working on a collection. It must've started when I received vintage patterns that were my great-grandmothers. Add to that my love of old movies and the great styles from bygone years. Now, perhaps that would explain how these charmed their way into my basket at the first thrift store stop yesterday. It seemed I had some good thrifting mojo with me and I did have errands in another part of the city (hear me rationalizing my thrifting lust here?)I thought I'd stop at another local thrift store for a look see. I was looking for zippers, but when I come across interesting cotton fabrics - I don't hesistate bringing them home with me.
Shown next is one of the best things about this particular thrift store. After the grandmotherly volunteer added up the cost of my fabric, she scooped up all of the patterns and notions I had on the counter, stuffed them into my fabric shopping bags and didn't charge me for them. Yeah. You read that right. Shown below is what I got for free.
Ahem. Obviously, my vintage pattern love has me enlarging my children's pattern collection, not just ladies fashions. Then there's some needlework patterns thrown in for variety. ;o)
Oh, yeah, I did find the zippers I originally went there to look for.

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  1. What a great stash, you had a good day. You very rarely see these lovely old patterns over here in our charity shops, they never seem to hit the shelves. Fancy the assistant throwing them in for nothing, better still! x

  2. Wow! You are one lucky lady!! Have you ever tried one of those patterns? I just bought an old one, well not that old - it was from 1971 - that I want to try. I'll have to edit it a little (I'm not really into big poofy sleeves.)

  3. It was a very happy thrifting day for me!

    Louise- It was amazing to find such old patterns. I always look, though which increases the odds of finding them, I guess. The freebies had me skipping all the way to my vehicle afterwards.

    Roxanne - yes, I have sewn up kids' clothes from some old patterns and the results were great. Sometimes the instructions have you do things that are no longer necessary for those of us with sergers, but other than that, I've no complaints. I've yet to make up any of the ladieswear patterns.

  4. You, my dear, look like you are perfectly poised for the New Vintage Wardrobe over at Bitter Betty:

    Check it out.

  5. Oh I love vintage patterns and have a collection of them myself though it's much smaller than it used to be. I had to purge and only keep my very favourites when we made a major life-changing move a few years ago.

  6. Looks like you are really in the groove. Thanks for sharing your finds!


  7. Oh I love those Aunt Martha transfers! I've only found one, it's little pigs, and I have yet to bring myself to use it. :)

    And don't worry, I get the thrifting lust, too, LOL.

  8. The patterns are great! I have only begun looking at vintage patterns. I have a brand new one week old grand baby and I adore the look of vintage cotton dresses and bibs!
    I actually found a raggedy anne that would make the most perfect dress in any fabric!


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