Destashing on Etsy

I've vowed to reduce my sewing stash and this week so there's no Weekend Vintage Finds post. Instead, I'll be listing ten patterns a day at my Etsy shop. Most patterns are $3 or $4 dollars and span the 1940s to the 1980s. Check them out now!

Here are a couple of my favorites:

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Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. Oh how exciting! I’ll have to go check it out right now!

  2. Well done for getting rid of a few patterns. I couldn’t bear to part with mine. I have a question though if you don’t mind. How do you know the era and/or year the patterns are from? I’ve bought a load of vintage patterns from ebay and can’t find a date on them anywhere.

  3. Oh, so now you’re going to enable our bad habits, huh? ;)

  4. aow… I live in Europe :( can’t buy them. Is there another way to buy vintage Simplicity patterns? ’cause I can’t seem to find anyone who will send them to EU.

  5. If there’s a date, it’s going to be at the bottom of the pattern’s instructions in the form of a copyright. Some have them, some don’t. If that fails, you can look up the pattern on and see if someone else has done the guesswork. A lot of time it’s just an educated guess based on what you know about the era’s trends. Usually hairstyles are the best indicator.

  6. If you’re really interested in some patterns, contact me on Etsy and I’ll figure out what the shipping would be and relist them. As a rule I try not to ship outside of the US since I don’t want to deal with calculating the actual postage. However, for a Sew Weekly reader I’ll make an exception. :)

  7. Your patterns are gorgeous, and I am in total love! I have a quick question for you though that I hope you can answer so I can buy a few. When the pattern says it’s a size “32 Bust” how hard is it going to be for me to enlarge it to fit my more busty self? Or are patterns How big a consideration is size when you find that cute awesome vintage pattern? Do you buy anything you find that you love and deal with the sizing later, or do you restrain yourself and only buy the patterns in the size you are. I have never sewn anything with a semi-fitted top before, so I am a little worried. But I am going to start, your blog has totally inspired me and I love what you are doing!