I've been absent for about two weeks. I transferred to a new location at work two weeks ago and have been getting my bearings on the new commute (which is entirely too long) and the new job. It has been a tough adjustment for the entire family but I'm finally getting my sewing mojo back and have some lovely things to share.
Yesterday, as my husband and I were driving into town to run errands (and hit the fabric store), we passed by a sign for a community garage sale. It was for a senior community and they have it every year. I decided to stop and take a look-see in case they had any fabric I wanted.
I found the 'arts & crafts' table with a scattering of fabric scraps. I hooked onto 2 yards of black jersey (for 50 cents, thank you very much) and then my eyes fell to the boxes below. With a sharp intake of breath, I snatched up just about everything I could! I was suspended into vintage pattern heaven!
The above patterns were mail order from Anne Adams. I've never heard of these patterns before but I was charmed, nonetheless. The envelopes were a little tattered and discolored but the patterns inside were complete.
Next came Stretch and Sew Patterns, all complete and uncut. The pieces had been made out of a sheer fabric, by hand, by the owner.
Don't you just love the man's little back kick?
Next, I found some Simplicity patterns called 'Primer'. I've never heard of them and these patterns did not have their envelopes but they were complete and in pretty great condition.
Then we get to the Betty Draper originals, heheheh. I can imagine that character wearing each of these outfits.
I found some late 60s / early 70s patterns:
And for the men:
I just love them! All the patterns are complete, if a little rough around the envelope edges. I'm also loving the artwork on the front of the envelopes, especially the men's patterns. Aren't they great?
I've never sewn a vintage pattern so I'm not sure when, or if, I will sew them. I like just having them, to be honest. While I was there, a young woman was looking at them as well and we both oohed and aahed over each pattern.
So, tell me. Have you ever sewn a vintage pattern? Would you say they are easier than modern patterns? I'm curious to hear your take.