Saturday, July 12, 2014

Advance 9328 Fourteen Carat Wiggle Dress, Jacket & Cummerbund / ca. 1960

Just a quick post to show you a pattern I listed today in my store.  It is killer gorgeous.  Normally I don't list patterns with pieces missing but this is only missing the "gusset" which is IMO no big deal.  A very rare and sought after pattern.

Advance 9328 Fourteen Carat Wiggle Dress, Jacket & Cummerbund / ca. 1960

The dress itself dazzles but when you add that little scalloped jacket it pops pops pops!

Here's another fun listing from today.  From formal to extra casual:

NBC-TV Home Pattern No. 12 BeBop Beatnik Jumpsuit 1950's

How cute is this!  It reminds me of something Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly would wear.  Beatnik Chic.  I'm a drawstring waist fan too.

Well off to do some shopping!

Don't forget there is a sale going on JUST FOR YOU READERS!  20% Off all Orders when you use the coupon code 4MYBLOG.  The sale ends Monday night midnight just in case you are off this weekend.

Friday, July 11, 2014



Hello everyone!  I'mmmmmmmmm back.  LOL.  Whew some hectic few weeks winding down and then closing my website and opening my new store on Etsy.  I was quite overwhelmed and buried in patterns.

Downsizing from almost 7000 patterns to about 1000 at this point was tough.  Many of the newer patterns have been passed on to friends or given to thrift stores unless they were pretty dynamic and hard to find - those I have kept.  I won't be listing any of the usual patterns anymore but only those that are unique, vintage, hard to find.  I have two more huge bins of patterns pulled that fit that description and I will over time be putting them into Etsy.

My pattern room has so much room  now I am overwhelmed.  What to do with all that extra room?  Well since my kitchen is stuffed with blenders, juicers, bread makers, etc., I put some of the kitchen overflow onto the pattern shelves.  That works!  I wanted to make yogurt the other day so I popped into the "pattern" room and pulled the machine off the shelf.  No more digging around under kitchen cabinets.  Easier for my poor old body than crawling around on the floor - grin.  Guess that room will become a storage / pantry room now with a small area for patterns.

I would like very much to have you check out my site and have created a 20% off coupon just for you readers.


The sale will be from right now until Monday night midnight (an extra day in case you are away over the weekend).  All orders will be mailed within 2 or 3 business days from payment. 

You can get to my Etsy store by going here:


If you have difficulty navigating Etsy all you have to do is go into the search link and put in my store name of - and it's all one word - OutoftheAshesSewing and it will direct you to my store.

Thank you and enjoy your new shopping experience!

Any questions feel free to contact me directly at my email:

Thanks and blessings,

Sheila Savell

Sunday, June 15, 2014


Sale will end on Midnight July 2nd.

Things are progressing pretty fast in my store closing.  I suspect that by the end of June or first week in July I will be closed.  I have whittled down alot of patterns - probably 1200 that have been reduced in price at least half.  You can find those immediate sale patterns by clicking on the What's New link and there is a link there for the reduced patterns that I have been working on for weeks.  Most are reduced by 1/3 to 1/2 and some even by 3/4 price.  Keep checking back because I am going month by month slashing prices and I am about half way thru February.

Use Coupon Code CLEANOUT during checkout to get 50% off!  Just remember that the 50% off is an even better price because about 1200 patterns have already been greatly reduced.  A $4.00 pattern at 50% off will be only $2.00!!!  

It would be easier for me to just dump all the patterns at a thrift store but then you wouldn't great some great patterns at a great price too!

When the store actually closes I will post a day or so before and if there are enough patterns left I will put in an even bigger discount - so keep an eye out!

Happy shopping! 

Etsy store:  OutoftheAshesSewing

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Store Closing Sale 40% OFF

Sale will End Midnight June 15th AZ Time

Some big news – I am closing my website store due to health issues.  No worries - nothing life threatening.  However - maintaining my huge store with thousands of patterns just is a struggle so I am greatly reducing my inventory and moving the nicest of vintage patterns and items into my new ETSY STORE!  You can find me with my new store name “OutoftheAshesSewing” at Etsy.Com.

My new store will feature only vintage or rare newer patterns.

I anticipate closing my website at the end of July if not sooner.  I have slashed a lot of prices and every day will reduce prices even more to move these less collectible vintage patterns and the newer patterns.  Many of the craft patterns have been lowered to $3 just to move them.  I can’t bear to bag so many patterns up to give away to the thrift stores so please shop away!  It would be good to keep checking in daily because as I said every day I am reducing prices by going thru month by month.  I am just starting November 2013 so a lot of months to go.  I am happy to combine multiple orders to make sure you get the free shipping within the U.S.

I am offering a big 40% OFF all items from now until midnight Sunday June 15th Arizona time – you can use the coupon code EXTRA to get your discount.  At that time I will eyeball what is left and decide whether to close or do another sale with even more of a discount!

Happy Shopping and huge thanks and blessings to all of you who have shopped with me since the beginning or recently found me.  Your business has been so very appreciated and I have made some life long friends along the way.  God bless!

Friday, May 23, 2014


Use COUPON CODE HONORVETS during checkout.

I am still downsizing my store and have lowered the price on about 90% of my patterns.  Not sure when the actual closing date will be but I will post it and have some big sales in the coming weeks.  Keep an eye out for those sales!

Wishing you all a wonderful Memorial Weekend.  Please take the time to honor our past and current veterans.  They have given their all to protect our freedom.

God Bless Our Troops!

Friday, May 9, 2014

A Whopping 30% Off All Orders from right now until midnight Monday.

Use coupon code LOVEMYMOM during checkout to get your discount.

I am working hard on downsizing my site and shifting over to Etsy when I get low enough to close my website.  Boo Hoo.  Health issues and poor economy made this decision difficult but necessary.  I can't give it up entirely but it's alot of work and I'm  just not able to give it 100% anymore which isn't fair to you.

Don't give up on this blog yet please!  More and bigger sales to come.  As soon as I make the full switch I will let you all know.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014


I just looked at the calendar and realized that April 15th is only days away and I haven't touched my taxes.  Okay I am freaking out.  I am setting everything aside and won't be listing anything until after April 15th and in fact I won't even be doing any emails or Facebook or Pinterest - arghhhhhh!  I swear every year I won't do this but ......

While I am cussing and crying and tearing my hair out I need to have a sale to ease my conscience of ignoring my website.

USE COUPON CODE 15APRIL during checkout to get your discount.

The sale starts right now and ends midnight April 15th AZ time.  Happy shopping and wish me luck - or better yet say a few prayers that I don't owe too much - grin.

May all of you have refunds and not owe anything



Friday, March 21, 2014


If one has to in their golden years (hee hee) get a part time job no one, absolutely no one, is as lucky as I am.  Being a rabid animal lover I happened to be in our local pet store just a short way from where I live buying kitty food and asked them if they needed help.  They said "you're hired!" - they have been friends and even attend the same church that we do so it's working with friends and I get to pet and hold every animal that comes in.  It's a pet friendly store so all kinds of dogs come for a visit.  They don't sell pets only supplies luckily.

It has taken up quite a bit of my free time so my blogs will be brief if at all - except for letting you know about sales!

If you want to see what is the best of my postings I am now on Pinterest.  I so want to preserve the best of the vintage patterns and unique patterns so that people will always be able to access the pictures.  Here is a link to my Pinterest

I'm really enjoying putting other fun things up on Pinterest as well.  Favorite recipes, pet pictures, favorite websites, etc. 

Having a sale to start off the beginning of spring!  So 20% off all purchases from right now until Monday Night midnight AZ time.  I meant to start the sale yesterday but got home late so an extra day to shop.

Use coupon code SPRINGTIME to get your discount.  I'll ship on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Oh oh - I just finished a really interesting book and thought I would share with you.  If you haven't read Divergent give it a try.  IMO it's not as well written as I had hoped but the concept is truly original.  A bit too "teen romance" between the main character and a trainer but again the story itself is really interesting.  I have a feeling the movie will be better.  I downloaded the audio book and enjoyed the narrator too.  Just downloaded the audio of Insurgent and looking forward to seeing what else happens!  Not near as good as the Hunger Games series but worth a read.

Enjoy your spring and I hope that wherever you live that you are enjoying warmer temps than we've had.  Okay well Arizona has been great but I know that most of the middle and east coast have been slammed with awful weather.  You deserve a warm spring!

Friday, February 14, 2014


The sale starts right now and will go thru Monday night midnight Arizona time.  Lots of time to shop.

I am still working my way thru that batch of 80's patterns and am trying to put a few in every day.  Most of them are pretty scarce or even rare. 

Here are some of the outstanding vintage ones I've put in the last week or so:


Monday, January 6, 2014

McCall's 6577 Ethereal Bodysuit, Pants, Gossamer Skirt & Cover-Up 1979

Happy New Year!

Oh my gosh why did 2013 scream by at warp speed?  I think it's called getting old.

The last few weeks I have obtained a lady's collection of several hundred 1980's patterns and they were overall fantastic.  I spent alot of my time off scanning them but not editing most of them - yet.  I did put in a number of them today that I had already listed in the past but they were out of stock.  Luckily I retain all my pictures so relisting was easy.  Oh oh another great mention is that most of the patterns had duplicates in different sizes.  Nothing worse than loving a pattern that isn't in your size. 

The holidays were quiet - spent with Harry's mom and some dear friends.  I hate traveling during Christmas but it's hard not to be with my sister and her husband.  She promises to come visit soon though!

New Year's Eve was spent at home eating pulled pork with friends and sitting out by the fire pit until about 11:30 when we all couldn't make it LOL.  By the time we got into bed it was a few minutes before midnight so we at least were semi-awake and heard fireworks.  My how times change - grin.

No resolutions - I gave them up years ago so I don't get disappointed in myself.  But I am trying to read The Bible more often, and get to be a better cook, do more gardening, and get some chickens!

Speaking of cooking, I no longer buy the spices and herbs in the stores.  I discovered a great website that sells everything I could possibly want at reasonable prices, and free shipping.  After my first few purchases I am completely sold on only using the freshest herbs and spices.  Smelling and tasting - there is just no comparison.  Baking alot and using cloves, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, etc. the great fresh spices make such a difference in the end product.  Check them out at MY SPICE SAGE

Here is my favorite of the ones listed today - sadly only the one but it's sure to go quickly so if it's your size grab it.

Here's a quick link to my listing today - just a quick blog to let you know that I'm back listing after several weeks off:


Saturday, December 21, 2013


I am taking the time from today until January 5th at midnight off so a big time Christmas and end of year sale starts right now.  25% OFF ALL ORDERS!  I need to reduce my inventory big time.  My idea is to scale back to a more manageable amount in my listings due to health issues.  I still have boxes and boxes of great patterns to list but am holding off until my pattern room inventory is greatly reduced.

Use the coupon code PRAISE during checkout to get your discount.  Mailing will be spotty because of my running around getting ready for Christmas and also because of the two holidays and post office closings.  I will try and get your paid orders out within a few days of purchase.

Happy shopping and may you all have a most blessed Christmas filled with the love of family and friends.

God Bless! 


Wednesday, November 27, 2013


Use Coupon Code BIGTHANKS during checkout to get your discount.  This will be the last sale until Christmas so if you are wanting to make a special Christmas gift, or decoration or make that special outfit for Christmas or New Years now is the time!

The sale will end Sunday night at midnight AZ time.  All paid orders ship Monday or Tuesday.

May you all have a blessed and safe Thanksgiving filled with family and friends.  God Bless!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

McCall's 6515 Fashion Diva's Smocked Hats 1962

Only a high of 77 today - what a great break in the weather for us.  Our blood is so thin I'm actually wearing a sweater.

Keep an eye out for the Thanksgiving holiday sale that I will start probably on that Thanksgiving day or the evening before.  I am committed to reducing my inventory to be at about 4000 so almost 3000 patterns will be deleted or relisted at a reduced price.  Every day I check to see what old listings haven't sold and decide what will stay and what will go.  Anything I already have a picture of I will list so not to waste all the time and effort it took me to do the work but I will only be buying the more scarce and collectible patterns from now on.  The more I can stay off the keyboard the easier on my hands.

Do you have any special dishes that you make for Thanksgiving?  Our family tradition always includes creamed pearl onions.  I added the use of feta or goat cheese to enrich the white sauce and it has become an even bigger hit in the family.  Also - my brandied cranberries.  OMG have you seen the price of cranberries???  Well of course the prices of everything has skyrocketed.  I bought some extra bags of cranberries and have dehydrated them.  They are handy to have on hand when making breads or adding to cereal.  Crossing my fingers that they go on sale so I can stock up my cubbard - which reminds me I need to get more mason jars.

I've been making my own yogurt lately and though it's a bit of work it's so worth the effort.  So rich and creamy.  Once it's made I drain a can of mandarin oranges, squeeze the juice out (to keep the yogurt richer), add a banana and a little sugar, and some vanilla, and a few tablespoons of lime juice, blend until smooth and then freeze in small containers for my evening snack or even breakfast.  I've made all kinds of flavors but this is my favorite.

Also made a batch of mascarpone cheese that is so rich I want to wear pearls while tasting it.  The mascarpone chicken last night will make a wonderful leftover dinner tonight.  On Tuesdays we have Bible study so cooking is a hassle.  I made some blueberry ice cream and some lemon bread for snacks for the study group.

A couple of big winners today to put in:

McCall's 6515 Fashion Diva's Smocked Hats 1962 the style so very reminescent of Jackie Kennedy's "Pillbox" look.  A rare unused pattern.  Hats don't seem to be  in style like they used to be which is a shame.

Mail Order 2886 Sexy Summer Dress / Early 1950's - don't you wish you had seen this before cool weather set in?  Well you have all winter to find the right fabric if you snatch it up now.  It comes to you Factory Folded.  Neat little button shoulder and side buttons too.  Maybe more important than the fabric would be the buttons ....

Every inch shouts Classic Mod for this Butterick 5593 Mod Fashionista's Dress & Scarf / ca. 1969
Back to striaghtening my house - how can it be such a disaster in only one week?

Monday, November 18, 2013

Butterick 2299 Roaring Twenties Frock 1920's

Trying to start the week out with a posting - yay!  Had a couple of awesome listings today that I had to share.  A couple from last week get "honorable mention too" -
Butterick 2299 Roaring Twenties Frock 1920's that has remained unused and factory folded for almost 100 years.  In remarkably great condition.

 This rare ready is also unused and went in last week. 
Patrons Francais Echo 4126 / Turn of the Century Skirt / Early 1900's.  You have to wonder how they survived much less remained unused.  

This one is truly priceless and again not used - Simplicity 2565 Hot Tamale Dress & Cummberbund / ca. 1958

 Nothing more flattering than a 60's sleeveless dress with just that perfect "look" to it.  Does anyone watch Tripping Out with Alie & Georgia?  I think it's on the Cooking Channel.  They both wear 40's to 50's vintage outfits and I always look forward to their shows to see what they are wearing.  It's a fun and funny show too.
That refined front fools people - when you turn around it's a big wow!
This next one was listed last week and don't be fooled by the envelope.  It's uncut and factory folded.  A real classic.  Butterick 9472 Two Skirted Jumper & Jacket / ca. 1960
Striking tiny little Jacket!  Advance 2860 Patsy Cline Jacket & Dress / ca. 1962 - also unused.  The dress is nice but that jacket truly makes the outfit.  I would love that little jacket with a turtlneck sweater and a pair of jeans even. 
Marian Martin 9310 Dynamite Low Waisted Dress 1950's - with the right figure this would be so flattering.  That low waist however wasn't ever meant to be worn by me boo hoo.

Friday, November 8, 2013

On November 11 we all celebrate our past and present Veterans for their service.  Many gave the ultimate sacrifice and are buried in foreign countries.  My Grandfather Richard Warren Strong died on November 3, 1918 just days before Armistice.  My mother was born on December 17 and never knew him.  Richard Warren Strong

If any of you have family members who died overseas during WW1 or WW2 there is a wonderful website that will help you locate where they are buried.  It is called the American Battle Monuments Commission.


 Lots of things going around in my head.  My FMS has limited my ability to do as much as I have in the past as I indicated in the previous posting.  At this time I am going to reduce my stock at my store by not restocking as many new (not vintage - those will still be listed as often as I find them) that aren't as interesting or eye catching.  The "generic" patterns will be reduced.  As they are sold I will not relist the less interesting patterns.  I want to reduce my stock by 1/3 for now.  I am working toward a manageable but still profitable site (the more hours I put in the more sales I make and I am willing to work less to generate less sales).  From close to 7000 I want to weed out to about 4000 still maintaining great patterns and choice.  When I get to that point I will see how I am able to handle it.  I have checked into Etsy and that is also a possibility if I find that maintaining a 4000 level is still a difficulty.  Lots of options!  I really don't like selling on Ebay so that won't be in the future but I know that most sellers on Etsy are happy so if I go that way I know I can maintain a great variety of collectible patterns and have it be manageable.

The first step to lowering my stock are more frequent sales (which I have been having because of my listing difficulty).

Sale Starts NOW and Ends MONDAY Night at Midnight AZ Time

Use Coupon Code HONORVETS during checkout to get your discount.

May you all have a blessed and safe holiday weekend.  Be sure and give honor, praise and blessings to all our Veterans.  God Bless Them All!