Vintage Finds: March 14, 2010

Apparently, I've gone black and white polka dot crazy! Without even realizing it, I picked up three patterns with almost the identical dress on the cover. I paid $15 for all of them (from two different vendors at the Alameda Antique Fair) so that makes it all okay. My favorite of the bunch is the 1960s parties dress on the top right. That's a neckline I don't have represented in any of my existing patterns. 

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After the antique show, we headed up to visit with my in-laws in Petaluma. While there my mother-in-law gave me some fabric that was hers from the 1980s and some lace that belonged to her grandmother! I'm no doubt going to save some of the lace for my Gatsby dress for this year.

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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. Isn’t inherited fabric the best! While packing for our move, I re-discovered 4 bins of fabric passed down to me from my Grammy. Inside were quilt pieces dating back to my great-grandmother’s days and an unholy amount of double-knit polyester. I have quite a few pieces of polished cotton with 1950’s scenes on them that I’m thinking of making into curtains in the new house. Your lace is beautiful–perfect for Gatsby!

  2. Hi there. Have you thought of selling some of your patterns? These are absolutely drool worthy. I am loving the bottom five.

  3. Oh that upper right one is darling! I think it is very Nancy Drew goes to a party. You wouldn’t want to be swapping copies of patterns, would you? ;D I’d only need the bodice, after all.

  4. argh! feeling ‘green’ with envy.. desperately want the top two! great finds Mena. Are those laces on the bottom right hand made? wow!

  5. I used the center left pattern for a friend’s wedding dress! It sew up like a dream!
    I recomend tacking down the front skirt darts with the straight skirt option, then you get less hip-poof.

  6. Wow… what lovely finds! The fabric and lace is especially pretty; can’t wait to see if you use it for Gatsby!
    Isn’t it funny sometimes how you end up acquiring almost identical patterns? I find that sometimes my newest pattern purchase (which is what I’m most excited about) is very similar to something I already had! lol. I guess that just means I know what I like…
    ♥ Casey