My friend Mary Alice was game to get up first thing on a Saturday morning and head on over with me to the South Park fairgrounds and sift through piles and piles of vintage fabric -- all in the name of charity, of course.
Mary Alice headed first for the upholstery fabrics while I made a beeline for the patterns. I wanted to get there early and comb through the stacks of 80s abominations and find the gems before someone else did. At $5 for a box of patterns, I did pretty well. And I found my most favoritest pattern EVER: a Vogue Paris Original 1554 by Guy Laroche.
Also giving me the vapors: Vogue Paris Original 1951. Also by Guy Laroche.
This one's been cut, but the sew-in tag is still in the envelope.
Like I said, it's $5 for as many patterns as you can fit into a box, so my pattern shopping didn't end there. I've been saying for a long time that I want to take a crack at knits. Well, now I have a whole collection of 1970s "Stretch-and-Sew" patterns to experiment with!
And in the extremely unlikely event that I want to try some 80s style smocking, there are these two gems.
I actually think the nightgown on the right is beautiful. I'm not sure if I want to put forth that much handwork into something I'm going to sleep in. But you never know.
I got a bunch of other 60s and 70s patterns. If you've made it this far, you're no doubt tired of reading about my pattern purchases, so here are just a few highlights.
Five bucks, people. Five bucks. Not bad.
Then we get to the fabric. It is a FABRIC fair after all. Readers, I did some damage. But keep in mind it's all for charity. So it's ok.
I'm trying to sew more professional-looking clothes that I can wear to work. I have to dress very conservatively for my job, so that means lots of black, navy and gray. Rather than show you every boring piece of suiting I bought, here's another highlight reel:
I did manage to get a few casual cotton pieces, including this pink dotted swiss.
It's twee and girly and old-fashioned and I absolutely love it.
My last stop was the notions section, where I picked up a vintage hem marker and some hem tape. I also snagged a singer buttonholer for $1, but it turns out it doesn't fit my Genie. So I will fight another day in my quest for a way to make decent buttonholes.
The day ended in a pact between me and Mary Alice to get together weekly and sew. I don't really have many sewing friends, so I'm pretty excited about this idea. We're considering doing a sew-along together of one of the 70s patterns I found:
Simplicity 7522. The jumpsuit version of course. Who doesn't need a 1970s jumpsuit?
Now I'm brimming with inspiration and creative energy, so it's back to the sewing machine before the weekend is over!