Vintage Finds: February 7, 2010

Some people were excited about the Superbowl. I was excited about Alameda antiquing. Yesterday was the first time in ages that the weather was beautiful and the crowds, as could be expected, were quite large (not so great). Other than some sunglasses for my husband, I didn't have a particular antiquing quest and was able to just comfortably browse. I did purchase some neat finds at good prices. I ended up paying $15 in total for these seven patterns. Not a crazy steal, but for these choice patterns, it was certainly well worth the price! I'm especially happy to have two new sundress patterns.

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Especially this one:

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Four yards of yellow floral lightweight cotton & two yards of an adorable floral print: $10

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Four yards of this polka dot floral in blue and khaki: $2

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This feedsack print (I assume based on the dimensions and feel): $2
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Almost two yards of this reproduction fabric: $2
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The total cost of the fabric ended up being $16. If I end up making five garments from these fabrics, I'll say it the money was well spent!


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. Wow, looks like a nice haul! I really like that reproduction fabric at the end that looks like colorful little dandelions.

  2. Nice haul, indeed! Love the Advance sundress pattern! I can see wearing variations of that all summer long!

  3. Wow, wish we could get vintage fabric for those bargain prices over here!

  4. I want to live where you live!

  5. Wow, what great finds! Love those fabrics, I’m swooning all over the place here.
    I’m thinking you need to fire up a shopping service (because you have so much time, ha!). You have great taste and find the best stuff! Imagine how happy you’d make so many sewers all over the country! ;)

  6. I have fabric envy!! I love the blue and kahki polka-dot!

  7. I love the blue & khaki fabric – can’t wait to see what you turn that into. I need to get myself into “vintage hunting” mode!!!

  8. Awesome! :-)
    Funnily enough, I think I have the re-released edition of that Vogue sundress pattern near the bottom left of the photo (the one with the long straps and the overtop). It’s great to see what it would have looked like in it’s original printing! I haven’t tried making it up yet, but it’s nearing the top of my list of patterns to make.


    got to confess am green with envy! That is the sewing reason I miss living in California the great thrift stores and the awesome state sales. Will be a joy to see your wonderful creations!!!

  10. vintage patterns,ahh, I just love the classic styles! I have a fairly good collection of patterns that were my mom’s. She was a product of the dirty thirties and made many of the items, of which I still have also. I have always wanted to recreate them and your website has given me the inspiration to move in that direction! Great fabric finds too! These are going to make some great dresses and whatever else you decide to create from them.