August 08, 2014

New Patterns

I haven't been doing a lot of sewing.... ok, I haven't been doing any modern sewing at all, but my want list is still growing. Our summer is over and we are back to the school thing again. That means my spare time will be spent at home and sewing is at the top of my list of ways to fill that time. You know productivity and all.

Anyway, as the story usually goes, we stopped in at JoAnn's (to use the bathroom, that's always a good reason) and they were having a sale. Not the 5 for $5 that I live for but a $1.99 sale is still a steal. I decided to use this opportunity to feed my current hunger for vintage patterns. I've been surfing the web "shopping" for 1950s patterns but I haven't worked out what my sizes would be so it's really hard to justify a $25. purchase just to see.

There must be quite a demand for this sort of thing because Simplicity is redoing more than a few vintage patterns. Here's what I got:

Simplicity 1460 - 1950s Vintage Peplum Top
I am such a sucker for scallops and this top, in view C, is right up my alley. I'm thinking about using that purple cotton burnout that's sitting in my stash. Could make for a quick 50s fix.

Simplicity 1459 - 1950s Vintage Dress

I'm thinking that with some better fitting and the right petticoats this could really make a fun dress. I'm interested in seeing the pieces that make that great collar. Perhaps I can chop the skirt and just do up some fun tops.

Simplicity 3688 - 1940s Retro 4 Piece Sportswear Set
I'm not really into the 1940s. Those shoulder pads and straight skirts just don't do anything for me. I picked this one up because of the pants. I already have a wide leg pants pattern that I want to make, I just wanted to see how this one compared.

Simplicity 2154 - 1960s Retro Suit
The 1960s aren't my thing either but there is just something about this set that draws me. I'd love to do the skirt in a raw silk suiting, the top in a brocade and I really wish there was a hat pattern included. Oh well, I'll have to console myself and make up a pair of gloves instead.

My teen even got into the act on this pattern shopping spree. She found a "vintage" pattern she liked too.

Simplicity 3847 - Poodle Skirt Costume
Lol, I think that we can manage a circle skirt on our own but I let her have this one anyway. I'm sure that hat and apron will come in handy some day when we open our own retro malt shop.

Then she picked one up that is totally her style:
Simplicity 1543 - Tunic & Knit Pants
While this isn't a retro design, it is reminiscent of my own youth style. I can't wait to see what she does with it.

Have you picked up any new patterns? I'd love to read all about it.

Bye for now,
Happy stitching!


  1. What a fun "Bathroom" stop.. Love your new patterns.Cant wait to see what you make.

  2. You lucked out! I love the 5 for 5 sale -- I cannot resist.

    1. Don't I know it. I can never get out of there without at least 5. ;)


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