This Weekend’s Vintage Finds: 3/22/2010

FabricOnce you get used to rummaging around estate sales and flea markets, going to something like the Vintage Fashion Expo is both a breath of fresh air and a rude awakening. On one hand, the selection is amazing and bountiful, on the other hand, almost everything is expensive and, in my opinion, overpriced. But since you’re also paying for the convenience of selection and well-taken care of stock, the prices can be almost justified.

Or maybe I’m wrong about things being expensive and that Novato estate sale just ruined me for life.

And now, the fun stuff — the purchases.

Of course I bought fabric. One vendor had the most wonderful assortment of vintage rayons. Even though the prices were higher ($5-$10 yard) than I would usually pay, I couldn’t resist purchasing some pieces.


And, not to anyone’s surprise, I snagged a few 1940s patterns.

My big find, however, has nothing to do with sewing. When I started The Sew Weekly project I had allowed myself a few exceptions to the no new clothes rule. One exception was I allowed to buy vintage and another was that I was allowed to buy something I just couldn’t make on my own. It turns out that I haven’t really had the desire to buy anything other than a sweater here and there.

Here’s my non-sewn splurge — four deadstock sweaters from the 1930s-1940s. I LOVE THEM!



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 my gosh! I LOVE the patterns you picked up. they are so sweet. How cute is that blouse with the 3/4 bishop sleeve? sigh

  2. Wow, what a successful shopping trip – you scored! Love the red square print and the last one with big blue flowers – chrysanthemums maybe? And the black-and-white bows, so cute! Fantastic finds! Can’t wait to see what outfits you create from these.

  3. That red fabric reminds me of legos – I’m intrigued to see what it’ll become.
    I covet that last black sweater – GORGEOUS, and will look so cute with the right skirt!

  4. I love the dress pattern with the bows at neck and hip. So cute!

  5. I know what you mean about the Novato estate sale ‘spoiling’ you… had that happen to me at a garage sale here in Denver this summer. Bought a whole box of antique silk Japanese Obi for $25, and another box full of antique Japanese pottery and china for $20. I am totally spoiled now.
    Enjoy your new patterns, fabric and vintage sweaters – they are wonderful!

  6. Those fabrics are great – what kind of yardage are they? And that black sweater is stunning.