Sunday, May 23, 2010

Lovely Vintage Pattern Finds & Only One Day Left to Enter Give Away!

Yesterday I had the most magical day with Michael and Boo-Dog. We went to Flinder's Beach, near Red Hill - about 1.5 hours drive. It was too cold to swim, but we went for a nice long walk on the beach, and collected some sea shells and bits of glass. We also laughed like crazy at Boo - since she moved to Victoria, she has become a bona-fide swimming dog. She used to hate the water! It is so nice watching her just plonk down in the water of her own accord.

But - onto the sewing! I have a few more pattern purchases to share with you. Scouring etsy and opp shops for patterns is one of the only things keeping me sane at the moment. 

I bought this one on etsy - Simplicity 4255 from the 1950s. I have wanted this pattern soooo badly since seeing Tilly's Awesome Green Version. I have been checking etsy and ebay regularly for this little baby, and I'm so glad I found it. I want to make mine in green too and wear it with a black pencil skirt. I also want to make the pants but am unsure the style will suit me. What do you think?

The next ones I bought from an opp shop today on the way back from getting my x-rays. I never find nice patterns in opp shops, so I am incredibly stoked. I got all six for $11. These first two are my favourites:

Simplicity 4920 - c1961
Simplicity 6170 - c1965

Butterick 5355 - c1970s/1980s?
Butterick 3046 - c1960s - I'm not pregnant, but how super cute is the maternity one? I reckon I can wear this when not pregnant.

Simplicity 6851 - c1980s?
Butterick 5031 - c2007 - These last two aren't so vintage, but cute anyway, and were 50 cents each.

On Wednesday I'll be posting my pants! And a tutorial on how to amend a trousers pattern to make fly-sewing sooooo much easier.


  1. Oh cool, let me know if you make the pedal pushers so I can get some tips from you (I haven't sewn trousers before)...

  2. I love Tilly's version too! So darling! So glad you got your hands on that lovely and can't wait to see what you come up with. I'm glad your luck with Opp shots is on the up and up. I have your same problem. Never quite find what I really want. Very excited for your tutorial.

  3. Cute patterns, love the pedal pushers :)

  4. Gosh, that Simplicity 5355 brings back memories! I made that dress when i was about 14 or 15, which dates it to very late 70s/early 80s. I still have it somewhere. Great blog, by the way!