Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Sewing Pattern Splurge






 



Okay so I haven't done this in a looooong time, but the other day I had a sewing pattern splurge. Well, three. Ahem. You know how these things happen - once I'd bought one haul, it wasn't much more effort to add a few more to my basket. And then I found a pile of vintage (1980s - that's vintage, okay?) sewing patterns in a local charity shop, which is a pretty rare find in London, so in celebration I bought the high waisted skirt pattern above. Ignore the awful illustrations, squint and imagine the skirt with a Breton top or pussy bow blouse. Oh yes.

There are worse vices to have in life, non?

Have you made any of these patterns? I've seen some lurrrrrvely versions of New Look 6000...

[Soundtrack: 'Oh Me Oh My (I'm a Fool for You Baby)' by Aretha Franklin]

40 comments:

  1. Great selection! The Simplicity/Cynthia Rowley 2215 seems particularly "you" from what I've seen on your blog.

    I've seen some gorgeous versions of New Look 6000 too.

    Which are you going to make first?

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    1. I'm not sure which to make first - maybe the New Look 6000 or the vintage skirt... we'll see!

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  2. I'm about to start the Simplicity Cynthia Rowley 1873, I love that style of dress and already have a few bought from the high street so thought it was time to attempt my own!

    I also really like the other Cynthia Rowley pattern and those little blouses would look great with embellished collars as per the current trend.

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  3. I've made a wearable muslin of the Cynthia 1873 and it's rather smashing. New Look 6000 is on my list- there are indeed lots of amazing versions out there in the blogosphere. I must admit that in cases like this (patterns I would never think to look at twice) blogs are amazing because I uncover great versions that inspire me :D

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    1. Definitely! Maybe the commercial pattern companies should get bloggers to model their makes on the covers rather than have those blandly styled pictures?

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  4. Nice! NL 6000 is the first pattern I brought 2 years ago when I started sewing but haven't made it yet! Sounds like there are more finished versions of this out there now so I'll take a look!.

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    1. Oops I meant 6968 not 6000. I'm not used to patterns with numbers as names!

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  5. Thanks. Thanks a lot, Tilly. You've just made me go and order New Look 6000, having remembered how much I love it. Good news, though - it's on sale for £2.95 at Sew Essential! Enjoy your new patterns.

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    1. Frankly, Karen, I can't quite believe you didn't have it already.

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  6. These look great, Tilly! I bought New Look 6000 last week in the £2.95 sale in my local market. I'm thinking of going for view E in bright blue polka dots!

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    1. I was thinking view E in dark blue polka dots!

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  7. lovely selection - it's ok to treat yourself once in a while, I reckon. I've made the 2215 skirt, and love it. I've been meaning to make the dress version too (it's on my long list of things to make!). I just love the sheath dress style, but find them such a bother to fit.

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  8. just currently sewing the NL6000 actually. Some great patterns in there. I agree once you start it's so easy to add a few and nl patterns are so reasonable esp when there is a half price sale on....

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  9. I am in love with the Cynthia Rowley patterns especially the pinafore-skirt-shirt combo. Also i agree that the Vogue pattern has definite potential for awesomeness. I made a pencil skirt from an 80s burda pattern a few years back and my main gripe with the pattern was the shape around the hips - it had a real flare that wasn't flattering on someone of shorter stature (i'm just 5'1...). So definitely make a muslin to make sure the shape can be updated for a flattering fit. happy sewing!

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    1. Thanks for the tip - I'm the same height so have to be careful about not making something that's going to swamp me...

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  10. I made the New Look 6000 with a nice tan, gaberdine. Good pattern, cute options.

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  11. I love patterns especially old ones. I have some from the 40 's, 50's and 60's that my mom kept. I still remember the fabric used for the dresses and other things! So fun! I also have old children's patterns, cannot get rid of those! And I hardly sew anymore..... But who knows?
    Enjoy your patterns!
    Katherine

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    1. That's lovely to have patterns that were your mum's - what history!

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  12. I've also just bought the Cynthia Rowley 2215 after seeing the gorgeous version from The Workroom...
    http://www.flickr.com/#/photos/theworkroom/6275177391/

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    1. I can't open that photo for some reason...

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  13. I want the Simplicity 2215. I like how the top looks. And the skirt.

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  14. Hi Tilly. I've made Simplicity 2215, the skirt and it turned out really well. Blogged here:http://funkbunnysgarden.blogspot.com.au/2012/08/absent-but-not-idle.html

    I did have a few issues with the pocket/invisible zip but got there in the end. I also have NL 6968 but am yet to make it. Look forward to seeing your interpretations!

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    1. It's lovely - great fabric choice.

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  15. Hello Tilly,

    First comment ever to a blog! Love your style darling, I have made the Simplicity 2215 dress, it is great, I get comments all the time, I have a similar build to you so it would look great on you. Amber in Australia.

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    1. Thanks Amber! So chuffed you chose to comment here!

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    2. Ta honey, I am about to make another version of that pattern I am going to lower the neckline a little. The original pattern suits wearing a layer underneath. I live in Brisbane so it is hot a lot of the time, I need it to be a sundress.

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  16. Hello again, just corrected on the impolite nature of an anon comment, sorry, Amber in Australia.

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  17. These are lovely. Looking forward to seeing the finished dresses :)

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  18. I have the Cynthia Rowley 2215 pattern. I haven't made it yet. So many other (non-sewing) things to be done first. Wish I had more time...alas maybe when the kids are bigger. Love all of your finds!

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  19. I'm making 6968 right now. It's a nice easy project. I love 6000, I can't believe I haven't pinned it on Pinterst or bought it yet. I've been looking or a slim dress with a sleeve longer than a cap sleeve and this is perfect!

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  20. I used NL 6968 to make my Joan inspired dress for Julia Bobbin's Mad Men Dress Challenge. I keep meaning to make it again - love the collar!

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  21. I recently bought a huge box of patterns from a yard sale so I know how you feel. eeee!

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  22. A great haul! I'm leaning to all those New Looks.

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  23. I've made both the Cynthia Rowley ones, love them both! 1873 is now my go to bodice pattern and have used it several times lately with a variation of skirts. I love the sleeve dart detailing on it as well, it seems like such an effort but in reality its super simple and really effective. I made the other last year in chambray and have been meaning to do so again but in a lightweight wool for winter.

    Can't wait to see what you do with all these lovely patterns!

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  24. I have made New Look 6093 twice. I love it. It was easier than I expected and it's one of the most fun to sew dresses I've made in a long time. Here is the first one I made.

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    1. It's great! Glad to hear it's fun to sew - when I was considering buying the pattern I wasn't sure if those style lines would be easy or a nightmare to fit.

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  25. I have the Vogue skirt pattern, bought when it was 'on trend'. Oh dear, I feel so very old...

    However moving on, I made it up numerous times for work skirts and wore them to death. Miss 14 was flicking through the pattern collection the other day and this one came out as a 'like'. I did find that rather amusing :)

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  26. I've made a version of New Look 6000, which turned out really well! Was surprising, as it was the first dress I ever made!!

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