Yes, it’s October 1st, so I missed September by a mere 12 hours. I usually just post my fabric finds, but this month I also found some good deals on patterns that I’ve been wanting, so I thought I would share those, too. :)
I won a $20 gift certificate from NY Fashion Center Fabrics by guessing the fabric on their Facebook page one week and put it toward this lovely turquoise gingham. I’m going to use it to make myself another Hawthorn.
And yes…. I’m still making warm weather dresses as it’s in the upper 80′s here in sunny California and will likely be warm for another month or so. I can wear them with cardis when it gets cooler as well. It’s been warm here for the past few years through Thanksgiving, which I think I prefer to when I lived in the midwest during college and the first blizzard would arrive around Halloween. Parkas and leggings sure can mess up your Halloween costume!
I have on my sewing list to make myself some blouses this fall. I don’t have any blouses (can you believe that?) and I thought it was time to change that. I did have some, but they were all donated to the American Cancer Society thrift shop a few months back when I decimated my closet and weeded out most of my manufactured clothing. Anyway….. these three fabrics are J Crew fabrics from Fabric Mart that were part of Julie’s Picks Club for September.
The one on the left is a burgundy/ivory floral print cotton gauze, the middle one is a maroon/gold floral silk/cotton voile and the one on the right is a pale grey/ivory polka dot cotton lawn. I’m planning to make the Hawthorn peplum blouse, Simplicity 1590 and a retro blouse from BurdaStyle magazine that Diane sent me from the UK (not necessarily in that order….)
This brown/pink floral cotton corduroy was also from Julie’s Picks Club. I’m thinking about making the Sewaholic Hollyburn skirt with it.
This Anna Sui suiting came from FM as well, but was an “end of the line” sale. It’s a forest green, gold, with a bit of fuchsia/magenta plaid wool blend suiting that I’m going to make this Claire Shaffer jacket with. I have never made a jacket before and as I’m dealing with a plaid fabric and an advanced pattern, I’m going to make a wearable muslin of this first in another suiting fabric before I cut into this. I think this jacket will great with a denim pencil skirt and brown riding boots.
This fabric was ridiculously cheap during a FM sale a few weeks ago, so I bought loads of it. It’s a pale mint Hawaiian print cotton broadcloth that I think is very retro 50s/60s. I’m planning on putting this away for now, but next year I’ll be making a 50s dress for myself and a Hawaiian shirt for my husband with it. There are photos of my grandpa from back then in shirts like this and I think Brian will really like it. Just need to find a great pattern to make it with!
I often like to buy out-of-print patterns on etsy and ebay and I found this lot of uncut vintage reproduction Buttericks from 1999/2000 on ebay recently that I didn’t have. I got all of these for about $18, which is much less than they would have been individually. One of them I do have in my pattern stash, but it is in a smaller size.
This Anna Sui peasant dress pattern is another OOP pattern that I’ve been wanting. I found it for less than $5 on etsy and grabbed it up.
I find Etsy to be a great place to buy patterns individually as it’s easier to search for them on there as the sellers usually put all of the info from the pattern envelope that you need to search. The sellers are always nice and ship them fast. Ebay has more sellers and thus more to look at and the sellers often don’t put much info for you to search for. I find the pattern lots to be the best deals, but it takes a lot of time to sift through all of those. My MIL has bought pattern lots on ebay with patterns that go individually for $100 and up and the lot only $20 or so!
I also purchased my first vintage pattern. I do not have any in my collection that go past the 80′s. My grandma gave me all of her sewing stuff, but had given away her sewing patterns long ago. My mom did give me all of her patterns that are from the 60s/70s, but for some reason I do not know where I put that box…… so I haven’t even gone through them yet! This pattern is an uncut peasant dress pattern from 1952. I have been wanting one of these dresses for a while now and now I’m going to make one! I will obviously have to grade this pattern up to fit me, which I don’t think will be difficult as this pattern looks very simple and easy. I think it will be a pattern that I’ll want to make a few dresses out of. I had planned on making this for The Monthly Stitch vintage pattern month, but now September is gone… It will work for Frocktoberfest though!!! :)
And don’t you love how the kitty likes to make herself at home on my sewing table?
So… I mentioned before that the Butterick pattern lot I bought had one pattern that I already had. My MIL bought a pattern lot on ebay a few months ago and gave me this one (she already had it, too) and as I now have the same pattern in my own size, I don’t need this one, which is in a smaller size.
This pattern is Retro Butterick 6409, an evening gown OOP 1948 reproduction pattern in sizes 12-16. It obviously has seen better days as the envelope is torn. It is a used pattern, but all of the pattern pieces appear to be there. The instructions are there as well. If anyone would like this, I will send it to you. The first to speak is the first to keep! I will also need your email address so that I can get your mailing address and send it to you. If you wanted this and missed out, I am still hosting the pattern pyramid giveaway until 10/4/13 and as I just bought a lot of 80 vintage patterns on ebay, I bet I will share some of those sometime….. :)