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[15 Apr 2013 | No Comment | ]
New Vintage Pattern: Simplicity 4228

I can’t watch Mad Men without searching for new patterns! Here’s the latest circa 1962! I love the draped bodice and I think it might be pretty if I make the drape and sleeves in lace or a sheer fabric or maybe do some color blocking. I’d love to hear your ideas!

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[24 Jan 2011 | 5 Comments | ]
Sexy 1960’s Vintage Bombshell Dress Pattern (McCall’s 6998)

Here’s my latest vintage evening dress purchase. Isn’t it fabulous? And it’s even uncut! I think it’s definitely very classy and Va-va-voom despite its simplicity.  I am looking forward to making the cocktail length version one of these days. I need fabric ideas. Please share!

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[20 Jan 2011 | 4 Comments | ]
I Couldn’t Resist Buying This 1970’s Vintage Top & Dress Pattern Before Going to Bed

Even though I wrote in my last post a few minutes ago (about the vintage wrap dress I am working on) that I was going to bed, I had the 70’s on my mind, so I decided to hop on Etsy for a quick peek at the latest vintage patterns before hitting the sack. I really liked this cute McCalls top/dress pattern, so I snatched it up.
I think the maxi dress will look cute when I rock my natural hair in a big curly ‘fro.  I’m thinking about altering the …

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[20 Jan 2011 | 7 Comments | ]
In Progress: Simplicity 7705 – 1970’s Jiffy Wrap Dress (DVF Knock-Off)

I am currently working on a great 1970’s vintage wrap dress (Simplicity 7705). This pattern is a knock-off of the classic Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress, so I am eager to see how it turns out.

I bought the pattern when I was searching for the DVF Vogue 1549 pattern.  Actually, I bought two patterns because I am out of control obsessive when it comes to patterns.  I bought the first one on Ebay and then I bought another one shortly thereafter on Etsy (it was uncut and the price was …

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[22 Jul 2010 | 16 Comments | ]
I Went Banana’s on E-bay and Won Diane Von Furstenberg’s Vintage Wrap Dress Pattern for my Birthday….Yes, Vogue 1549!!! (The One With the Cuffs and Collar :)

I am extremely excited that I won the auction last night and my Diane Von Furstenberg classic wrap dress vintage pattern (circa 1973) is on its way! I love wrap dresses and have had my eye on this pattern for a long time, so I was super excited to find it in my size and in uncut condition just in time for my birthday. Whoo hoo! I’m not sure who was bidding against me, but I’m really sorry you wasted your time because this pattern was destined to be MINE MINE MINE …

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[12 Jul 2010 | 5 Comments | ]
More Vintage Patterns

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 …

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[26 Jun 2010 | No Comment | ]
New Vintage 1976 Dress Pattern from Etsy! (S7805)

The final pattern from my recent Etsy order arrived from Canada today in good condition (uncut)! I’ve been checking my mailbox religiously every day. I love the wrap bodice and cap sleeves.  Aside from the back zipper, the instructions are super easy and I think this will sew up quickly. I’m definitely leaning towards making the shorter version.

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[24 Jun 2010 | 2 Comments | ]
I Love It When the Mailman Brings Me Goodies from Etsy!

Yippee! The mailman delivered 3 more Vintage patterns from Etsy today! I watched him put the patterns in my mailbox this afternoon but forced myself to wait until dinner to retrieve them so I wouldn’t get distracted from my work. This actually took a great deal of restraint because my sewing pattern addiction is out of control.

McCalls 7839
This 1965 pattern appealed to me because I want to sew a classic shirt dress pattern. I like the A-line and pencil skirts, but I think I prefer the short sleeved version better …

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[22 Jun 2010 | No Comment | ]
New Vintage Patterns from Etsy!

Look what arrived in the mail today! I purchased 7 vintage patterns on Etsy last Thursday after searching through more than 2,000 patterns in my size until the wee hours of the morning (I know I have issues). I didn’t think the patterns would arrive so soon, so I was pleasantly surprised to find four patterns in my mailbox.
I am in love with Vogue 6258 (1964 dress). The bat wing sleeves are fabulous and I love the skirt’s center pleat! I think this would be very chic and elegant in …

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[10 Jun 2010 | No Comment | ]
Diane Von Furstenberg Wrap Dress Pattern (Missing Instruction Page): Vogue 1610

OMG! Words cannot express how excited I was to find V1610 in my size for sale on Etsy for $13.99 plus shipping (don’t hate me) !!! Seriously. I almost dropped my laptop when I saw the price because I’ve had my eye on this pattern and I’ve seen it listed for $95 and up. Clearly, I didn’t have to think twice before I snatched it up for $16.49.
It arrived in good condition, but I was disappointed to discover that a few critical steps appear to be missing or omitted for …