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Craft Rage

...Making a mess of things since 1973



In the city about a half hour north of the small town I live in, only losers wait until the weekend to start their sales. Literally 90% of the garage sales start on Thursday, with a few starting on Wednesday afternoon - by Saturday morning, you might as well stay home, because all that's left is old Barney videos, broken toys, and cheap glassware. Of course, by Saturday morning, it's pretty much all free, 'cause everyone's sick of sitting on their lawn with all their worldly goods around them, but crap is still crap, even if it's free. That's a lesson that took me nearly 30 years to learn. If I've actually learned it, that is.

Anyway, yesterday, on the way home from a meeting, I stopped at a garage sale that was just being set up, and I bought a bag of vintage patterns, sight unseen - the bag was stapled shut and just said "Old sewing patterns". I decided it was worth a chance, and the price we negotiated was certainly fair.

Boy, did I score BIG!

They're all really great vintage patterns, from the '40's to the '70's or so, I think. This in itself is great news, but the best part, the very BEST part, is that they're nearly all larger sized patterns. The smallest one is a size 16, with a 34 bust.


And how about these?

That last one? B3615? Yeah, it's uncut & factory folded! EEEEE!!!!

There are about 10 other patterns here; Honestly, I'm not sure why I'm so excited about these, since I've barely had time to sew anything for the last couple of weeks. Still, I find myself very inspired, and am, this very second, going to go off and work on the last of the adjustments to the Pink Abomination. My goal is to finish it, and get started on the next version - Abomination 2.0, as it were, with a more flared skirt and the new front bodice.

Oh, and by the by, I've also started a new, non-sewing blog, at www.notverycool.com. That way, I can spare you endless stories about my cats and poor driving habits, and my lack of ability to control the sounds that come out of my mouth. Unless you actually want to read about those things, in which case, you can see that stuff over there. Lucky you!

P.S. And for those of you who are fans of Jenny at Chronically Uncool (as I am), please note that I checked with her before starting notverycool, because, well, they're kind of similar names. Thanks Jenny!

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Blogger Moxie Tonic Says:

What a score - I am so, so jealous!

The new direction for the pink abomination's bodice looks great. The style is much more flattering, and the lower neckline seems like a more elegant choice for a wedding dress.

Blogger Marjie Says:

Nice pattern find! You are a lucky girl indeed.

And your non-sewing stories are part of your charm!

Blogger Sew and So Says:

I bet you did the happy dance when you found all those great patterns. The Butterick pattern is fab.

Blogger gaylen Says:

Score!! Once you get the wedding dress drafted and muslined until you're sick of it - you'll be glad you have those new vintage patterns to sew. I don't yard sale - but after seeing your finds, I might have to.

I agree with Marji - the non-sewing related stories are part of the charm -it's all about who we are, right? g

Blogger Kristin Says:

Total score on the patterns!! Do you watch Mad Men on AMC? It's a series set in 1960 New York about an advertising agency. It's an all-around great show, but the ladies' dresses are what gets me - just like these patterns. Check it out for fabric inspirations.

I just got back from a cruise, finished quilting a baby quilt for a friend, and my entry into the local Project Quiltway contest, so I hope to get some sewing on my vintage dresses in the next few days.

I love the new bodice. Very flattering. Much better than mono-boob.

Blogger The Slapdash Sewist Says:

What a find! DC isn't much for yard sales so I haven't been to one in years, but I always fantasize about finding fabric and button caches.


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