Monday, February 16, 2009

Vintage Patterns Galore!


Dress by Pierre Cardin
Image from The Frock

I love, love, love fashion from the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s and it is my dream to be able to sew beautiful garments inspired by these silhouettes. I have lucked up on eBay before and managed to win a great 60s frock pattern for one dollar plus shipping, but got outbid on all the others. Then I happened upon a wonderful site that specializes in beautiful vintage patterns but their prices are too steep for my budget.

As I mentioned in my previous post, we went down to Arcola, Illinois to check out some Amish furniture and antiques. I was more interested in the quilts. My gosh, those quilts--absolutely breathtaking. My gosh, those quilts' prices--absolutely astronomical! But worth every penny, you'd better believe it.

We bopped into a little quaint antique collectibles shop and browsed their wares. They had an old black antique Singer sewing machine in-table for $300--tell me how I left without that? What a beauty. On the way out, partially hidden in the corner of a bottom shelf was a plastic shoe bin filled with what? Vintage sewing patterns! At 50 cents a pop!!! Here's what I bought:





I also managed to find three very unique antique cast iron trivets to add to my collection (I collect trivets and have them proudly displayed on a wall in my kitchen). After we left that shop we sauntered into a fabric shop a few doors down. My, my, my. A quilter's delight! The fabric prices were comparable to those here in the city so I didn't buy any. But I did manage to pick up some very nice Indian horn buttons for a linen jacket I want to sew, some crochet needles at 2 bucks each and some skeins of yarn at 2 bucks each. And now, I don't know what to do next, crochet or sew something? Perhaps a little of each :)

7 comments:

QueenSH said...

I love me some vintage clothes!! I have a few patterns and I want to add to my collection. I need to hit some thrift shops and see what I can find.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Ohhhh I like the dress pattern on the right! That would make up into an awesome dress. You did good but I have to warn you once you start with vintage patterns it becomes one more thing to collect!!!

MissMasala5 said...

LOL, now I need to spend more time in the thrift stores here in town. I don't mind collecting things that are cheap :D

Cennetta said...

Lucky you! We found some nice ones. I especially like the two dress patterns. Try checking at your local thrift store. They sometimes have vintage patterns.

Faye Lewis said...

Thanks for your comment on my pants. I'm looking forward to seeing your pants completed.

Susan said...

I just bought a 40s vintage pattern from Joann's the other week. Stylish, timeless, and sexy. A perfect combination of things. Great finds!

Chris said...

I had that Simplicity skort pattern, we called them skooter skirts back then. I loved it and made quite a few. Enjoy your patterns, you got a great deal!