15 March 2013

Vintage & Repro Sewing Pattern Haul










Recently, my dad's partner invited me to raid her vast collection of vintage and repro sewing patterns and borrow a few pieces. Well, it would have been rude if I'd declined, non? :) And before you ask, yes, 80s is vintage!!

In other news, have you heard that Google Reader is closing? I don't actually use it anymore, I much prefer Bloglovin - this is me if you want to keep following me. Oh and while we're at it, I'm also on Facebook if you'd like to like me (being British, that's so hard to type), PLUS I've started a mailing list for very occasional super duper special announcements - sign up here!

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37 comments:

  1. I read somewhere that for "fashion lingo" purposes anything 10+ years old was classified as Vintage... but please don't take that as Gospel LOL!

    P.S. I just signed-up for your mailing list :)

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  2. Pretty!! I am not at ALL jelous! :p
    I saw that google is closing, and today I converted all my blogglist to Bloglovin:)This is me if would like to check me out:) http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/5152175/stitches-and-pearls

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  3. What gorgeous patterns! I've just signed to your newsletter as well.

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  4. Wow! Yes, 80's is definitely vintage now - although I prefer my vintage from an era when I wasn't conscious of fashion at the time. I'd like to say before I was born, but unfortunately that would exclude 70's too... :(

    Anyway, I love all of these, even that bottom 80's dress! What a great back!

    Am already following you via bloglovin!

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  5. oh wow, those patterns are beyond gorgeous! any chance of some pattern names and numbers to aid an ebay search? I know they will be hard to find but you never know :D xXx

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    1. Let me know which one(s) you like and I'll fish them out for the numbers...

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  6. Oh man, those patterns are ACE! I especially love the second one up from the bottom. You should make that ASAP so I can see what it looks like finished ;) So cute! p.s. I'm following you on bloglovin' already.

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  7. When my hubby and I were visiting Oxford over the holidays, we went to the antiques market and there were some vintage patterns. They were really pretty but I got overwhelmed having to choose one, so I ended up taking some buttons home instead!

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    1. I live in Oxford and never thought to go there! I love all of these patterns.

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  8. Oh I'm so jealous! I've recently bagged myself 3 bargains from eBay that are 1950s vintage patterns. One's a nightie - but like it said in the description, it's fancy enough to be an evening dress! Can't wait to sew them up later in the year.

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  9. Oooooo. It looks like she has some treasures in her collection. Which are you going to make first? Funny as it is to say to a person I've never met, I can absolutely see elements of your style in each of these.

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    1. The top one is begging me to make it :)

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  10. Oh my, they're beautiful! The 80s one is actually one of my favourites ;o)

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    1. The version on the right looks a bit Colette, non?

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  11. Oh! Very pretty patterns! which one are you going to do first?

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  12. The last pattern you have shown is the one I used to make my prom dress in 1986. (In a wine-colored brocade.) Enjoy!

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    1. Oh wow, that's amazing!! Do you have a photo?

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    2. Can you share more info on the last pattern?

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    3. Christina it's: Vogue 8671 - Dress Pattern (1980's white and black dresses - low back with big bow behind) :)

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  13. I's love to see you make those 30's and 40's ones! So cool!

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  14. I love the old patterns, so much more character than the new ones IMHO. However, I do not have the body to wear one, yet.

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  15. What a great haul! Please tell us more about the 1930s pattern...4th one down!

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    1. It's a repro pattern - unfortunately not the original!

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  16. I heard about six months ago that it was going to close down, got all huffy and indignant, and quite it before it could close (yes, I can even be vengeful towards technology, haha). I use Bloglines now. It was the only one I could find that uses the visual features that I like, and it's been great!

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  17. Gorgeous patterns. Why don't any of my relatives sew? And just signed up for your emails.

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  18. Fabulous finds! And I especially love that last image! What pattern is that?

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  19. Yummola, Tilly! Green here in the US & not for St. Patrick's Day. The ones w/ the bows at the back are soooooo special. Fun fun fun.

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  20. Oh my goodness you are so lucky, that is an AMAZING selection! I would so struggle to pick which one to make first, although I am a little scallop obsessed at the moment so that top one is so appealing!
    Hehe- love your comment about being British. Self promotion does def NOT come easily does it!

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  21. Pretty sure I have that first one, too - can't wait to see what you make with it (since you will inevitably get around to it long before I will). :)

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  22. I love them! I recently "hauled" a box of my mom's old patterns out of storage and I plan to make a few summer dresses. I really like seeing how they constructed garments back then; there's always some new technique to learn.

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  23. I love the last pattern - can you give me more info?

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  25. Okay, so I had insomnia & couldn't sleep last night... so I used Google's upload-an-image thingey to search out all the pics above to try & identify the pattern info.

    Here's you go (from top to bottom):-

    (1) Simplicity 8401 - Dress (Blue scalloped dress / Red & White Dress)

    (2) Butterick 5281 - Dress (Floral Dress / Black Dress with square neckline)

    (3) Unidentified - sleeveless button-front dress (Black & white envelope image)

    (4) 1930's Crosswise Tucked Inset Evening Gown Pattern 8192 (30's style light blue / grey? dress, Pattern Company unspecified)

    (5) Vogue 1084 - Repro Dress Pattern (Black short-sleeve, boat-neck dress + floral tie-back dress)

    (6) Unidentified - short-sleeved dress, with belt and bow on neckline (Black & white envelope image)

    (7) Vogue 8671 - Dress Pattern (1980's white and black dresses - low back with big bow behind)


    Enjoy :)!...

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  26. Hi Tilly, I discovered your blog last week and found this post tonight, just as I was searching for an alternative to Google Reader. Thanks very much for the Bloglovin' tip, I am now officially converted and it's brill.

    Good luck with the rest of GBSB!

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