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More Vintage Patterns

12 July 2010 5 Comments

I spent most of the afternoon hunting for vintage sewing patterns. At one location that shall not be named because I selfishly want to keep all of the patterns to myself, I stumbled across a gold mine of vintage patterns stuffed haphazardly into several clear plastic bags.

I couldn’t resit the urge to find out what was inside before I purchased anything, so I attempted to discreetly open the bags.  At one point, the security guard walked by and just shook his head…lol.  I put a good number of ugly patterns aside, but I found quite a few goodies that I couldn’t leave behind even though I had no desire to sew them for myself.

I ended up buying more than 30 patterns, including several dresses from the 40’s and a few Dynasty-inspired 80’s ensembles. I debated about purchasing some of the Vogue patterns from the 90’s (my least favorite decade for fashion), but I bought them anyway because they were inexpensive and another collector out there might be looking for the patterns.  Even though I didn’t find any of the vintage patterns on my wish list, I greatly enjoyed the thrill of the hunt.  And because I am a Webaholic, I enjoyed searching for the patterns on google to find out more about their value.  I couldn’t find any information regarding some of the patterns, so I will assume that they are probably rare.

Please let me know if you have any tips about how to track down vintage pattern information. I am thinking about  setting up a small online vintage pattern shop.  I need to do something constructive with my vintage pattern obsession, since I haven’t actually sewn any of the patterns I own :).  Stay tuned for more info…

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  • toy said:

    wow, great find!

  • Ebony said:

    Cute pic! If you ever decide to sew the Vogue patterns, please, for the sake of humanity, leave out the shoulder pads.

  • Carla (author) said:

    @ Ebony: LOL! No worries about the shoulder pads or chance of catching me wearing any of these Vogue patterns. Not my style at all :-)

  • Danielle said:

    If you ever decide to sell any of your patterns, try Etsy. It only cost 20cents per listing and I already have an account set up! **wink** I too am a pattern junkie!

  • Carla (author) said:

    Thanks, Danielle. I am also an Etsy junkie. I’m getting around to setting up a separate account for selling patterns and will list them on my blog as well.

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