Wednesday, December 30, 2009

STARTING SALE EARLY TODAY!
GOT AN EARLY START SO WE ARE OFF CAMPING!

I got my patterns in for tomorrow too :

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Happy Shopping & Happy New Year to You All!!

Marian Martin 9765 Perfect Swing Dress / Early 1940's one of those patterns I can close my eyes and actually see it on Ingrid Bergman at Rick's in Casablanca while Sam is playing As Time Goes By. Talk about a ten tissue movie this is it.

15% OFF SALE starts today for you guys! Use coupon code NEWYEAR at checkout. I'll be sending a formal newsletter late today to all my customers but thought you might like a head start - smile!

Heading out late today to Glamis Sand Dunes to spend New Years with some good friends from California. Craig & Karen and their kids, Tom & Terri and Rick and some of their friends. Brought the margarita machine - and extra firewood too.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009


Simplicity 4906 Wonderful Wartime Dress / ca. 1944 and can't you just see someone doing the boogie woogie in this - great visual! Too bad the hat isn't included in the pattern - can't decide if it's retro chic or just plain ugly. Been on a scanning frenzy - have pics for tomorrow and Thursday and will take my scanner and laptop camping and do scanning there just to get ahead. Start the new year off right. Okay well camping is not exactly what we do - no tent just a 40' 5th wheel with a garage for the off road car - it's called a "Toy Box" - Queen size bed, walk in shower, microwave, flat screen tv and DirecTV hookup - the works. I already did the tent thing, I'm too old to sleep in the dirt anymore.

I will be having A SALE for End of Year! It will start Thursday. I haven't figured out the coupon code yet so stay tuned. It will be for 15% off.

Here's what went in today:

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Monday, December 28, 2009


Simplicity 3915 Girl's Middle School Retro Dress 1941 - love it when a pattern is actually dated. I can check the charts I have to get an approximate date but having those 4 numbers is a treat.

I hope you all had a wonderful, family filled Christmas. Any new sewing machines out there?

Nice to have one of my readers here snatch up that halter dress from my last listing. She told me that she had been searching for years to find it. I knew it was special!

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Thursday, December 24, 2009


Butterick 7349 Knockout Wrap Halter Dress & Overskirt / ca. 1955 This beauty has issues but since I couldn't find another anywhere in the world after major searching someone will get a true treasure with this. Must be an expert though as it doesn't have any instructions and is missing a facing piece - who needs facing anyway! The style is amazing!

Merry Christmas to you all! I don't plan to blog again until Monday (but if I list any this weekend I'll put up something quick!). It's still feels odd to have Christmas without snow (it's been 6 years since we moved to Yuma) but since I can go outside and do yardwork today I'll get by LOL.

My husband and I went to see Avatar yesterday. What a ride. Literally. After an hour of swooping cameras and computer graphics sliding around and up and down I got motion sick and had to wait in the car until the movie was over. I wanted to cry. I get motion sick easily but never during a movie. The part I watched was absolutely thrilling and awesome. I think when it comes out in Blu-Ray I can tolerate it on the home theater. Hope so anyway!

Here is what listed today.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009


There was never any doubt when I listed this that I would feature it in my blog. Vogue 7284 Spectacular High Society Dress 1951 - Doesn't this just reek of rich? It does have a huge problem however - no instructions - sigh. But since this is the only one in existence someone with skills (unlike myself) could snip snip and voila it. I also put some extra mail orders with a darling 1930's girl's dress.

Well time to get my house chores done so we can have a relaxing Christmas day and weekend! I'll be listing tomorrow and then take a few days off. Not sure if I will list on Saturday but if I get some extra time I will so check in!

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009


Burda 4137 Uber Hippie Hipster Pants 1990's bringing back memories of those flower child days with a hint of contemporary in them. Had some oldies to post but liked this one best!

Apologies for missing yesterday. We stayed an extra night - all by ourselves. Sat around a campfire and just enjoyed being outdoors and alone. Got home yesterday around lunchtime and scanned like a madwoman to get a listing in today. But I did it!

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Thursday, December 17, 2009


Spadea S-201 Femme Fatale Wiggle Dress 1954 - what an eye popper! I especially like the underarm stitching which has to make it fit the bust tight as can be. Can she breathe? Maybe that's why she has that distant look in her eyes - it's from lack of oxygen.

No listings tomorrow or blog - Last minute camping trip with friends - I swear we are always going camping but I do love it so. Gives me lots of "down" time but I have two huge bags of patterns to sort thru and I kick back and count pieces to relax. I'll head home tomorrow for a quick mailing (it's an hour away) and check on my kitties. We normally take them but we have our friend Brian (aka The Rent A Kid) coming to stay with us and guys just don't worry about open doors and I am too much a worrywort (remember your mom saying that - smile).

ALSO!!! If you haven't checked out my friend Melodee's new website please do and pass it on to friends. Starting a business is so tough and getting the word out is very important. If she didn't have awesome products I wouldn't encourage you - but she does!

ML ORIGINALS One-of-a-kind original ladies wear & accessories. Each design is handmade & unique.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009


Anne Adams 4441 Wow Wartime Blouse & Skirt 1940's that reminds me of Joan Crawford except it needs more shoulder padding. Kind of expect her eyes to twinkle - right out of a detergent commercial. It was a toss-up between this and an Anne Adams one to feature (okay here is the link to it - Anne Adams 4863 Bombshell Wiggle Dress, Jacket & Two Boleros 1950's but don't want to crowd too many pictures here!

Listed this a day early - heading out early for some errands and thought I would get a jump on it!

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Mail Order A868 Special Event Coat / ca. 1963 with a high society snooty look. Oh but wait it's a "Designer" too! Doesn't she just look too good to look directly at you?

Turned the heater on this morning and huddled up listing and sipping a cup of coffee. Life is good!

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Monday, December 14, 2009


Spadea N-1154 Figure Flattering Dress 1962 - great styling except for those of us with a bubble butt.  That low back with a balloon affect - eh.  Svelte wearers only.

I'm continuing my 20% off sale thru Wednesday for bloggers only!  You can just put the word MERRY in at checkout to get the discount.  Need to clean out more so I can get a bunch more new listed.  My spare bedroom is filled to busting and I have bins more to scan and get listed but I need more room.  Shop away!

Is anyone else starting to panic that Christmas is flying toward us?


Saturday, December 12, 2009



FIRST OFF - 20% OFF SALE STILL ON THRU SUNDAY NITE!  Use coupon code MERRY during checkout to get your discount.

Mail Order 2 - 9203 Twiggy Mod Tunic & Pants 1970's a pattern which makes me want to use all those descriptions like Groovy and Fab.  But come on is anyone other than Twiggy then or Kate Moss now so dang skinny?
 
Melodee Moren of ML Originals has opened her new website of designer originals.  She rocks!  I wish I had her talent and eye for fashion - ML ORIGINALS

Normally I don't post on Saturdays but wanted to get some extra pretty patterns posted for the sale weekend.  So here is what went in today:


Friday, December 11, 2009



20% OFF
SALE THRU
SUNDAY!


Decided it was time to have a pre-Christmas sale so you would have time to make that special Christmas or New Year's Dress or that Christmas present for your kids or grandkids.

Use Coupon Code MERRY at checkout to get your discount and have fun shopping!

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Thursday, December 10, 2009


Marian Martin 9242 Showy Shirtwaist "Lucy" Dress 1950's featured pattern of the day! This style epitomizes the fifties. From the Honeymooners to I Love Lucy this was "the" style.

Found an interesting site - Fashion Encyclopedia - with an informative listing of fashion designers and fashion decades. Haven't had time to really delve into it but book marked it to peruse later! Are there better sites out there?

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009


Spadea 2200 Spectacular Trapeze Trio / Dress & Aprons 1960's a truly amazing find. Spadea patterns are enormously popular and hard to find. I have probably less than 10 and I look alot.

Heading out in 30 minutes for a dentist appt in Mexico. We have a fabulous dentist there with more modern equipment and technology than I've seen here in the U.S. - really! Plus there's the added bonus of getting Jose Cuervo Tequila about $6 cheaper too. Woo hoo.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009


Mail Order 8380 Sparkling Wrap Around Dress 1960's what a little gem! One of a number of new mail order patterns I got recently. Most were uncut or factory folded. I went thru dozens of 40's and 50's last night for completeness. What a great job I have! Scanning now a bunch of those for tomorrow. Here are the mail orders I put in today: Mail Order Patterns. Also got a bunch of neat Stretch & Sew Patterns.

Got a tiny bit of rain yesterday and last night but about 4 feet of wind. Chairs blown over on the patio and every tree in the neighborhood contributed to a pile on my patio. Thanks a bunch - grin.

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Monday, December 7, 2009


It's Easy to Sew Lingerie 1972 - Sewing Book not an easy book to find. This is the Kwik Sew sewing book in those fun 70's styles that Kwik Sew put out.

Finally some rain here in dry Arizona. There are actually spots on the ground. Really. Super cold outside - oh around 60 degrees. Well come on it's cold for me!

A neat old Christmas pattern listed today.

Friday, December 4, 2009


Simplicity 1846 Festive Christmas Apron + Applique / ca. 1956 - is there any cuter apron anywhere on earth? And for Nancy - yes it does make you cook better and clean house better too! Some weird osmosis thing. A nice stiff fabric and/or lots of starch a must.

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Thursday, December 3, 2009


Found a number of darling apron patterns and this is another one. Advance 5423 Prettified Pouch Pocket Apron / ca. 1950 so rare that not one other could I find on the internet. I can see her learning out the back screen door and yelling "Timmy - Timmy dinner's ready" and then Timmy and Lassie would come flying. Okay I'm dating myself because I watched that show LOL.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009


Maybe it's just the colors that draw me to this outfit. The muted lavenders - and then that purple coat! Talk about stand out! Simplicity 3788 Smooth Retro Dress, Tie Belt & Coat 1960's

I've been listing alot more crafty items, doll clothes and Christmas craft items for those of you looking to make gifts for your kids or grandkids. More going in this week - I am diggin' thru the goodie closet!

Note to Eliza - I haven't forgotten your list! Excuses are like noses - everyone has one. I promise soon to get back to you!

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009


Simplicity 1651 Avant Garde Smock 1930's - tres' artiste in style. Could be a demure dress or top or a true smock for doing crafts. These older patterns are getting harder to find. Came across a lot of 30's and 40's and 50's that I'll be going thru and putting a few in every day.

Have a nifty 20's dress to put in tomorrow too.

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Monday, November 30, 2009


Simplicity 7484 Sassy Front Wrap Halter Dress 1976 - okay it's heading into winter but summer will be here before you know it!

Bad for me - lucky for you - came down with a bad cold while camping so spent most of my time inside the 5th wheel bundled up and sorting thru old patterns and doing scanning. Wow I'm actually ahead. Doing alot of sniveling & sniffling and generally feeling sorry for myself. It's lunchtime and I'm still in my jammies.

Hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend with your loved ones!

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009


Butterick 9930 Poignant Portrait Collar Dress 1960's - I've never heard of a portrait collar before but can see why they call it that. Not quite a cape collar but dang it's big!

SALE STARTED TODAY! 15% off all orders - use coupon code TURKEY at checkout and have fun shopping. When I get home on Sunday evening the sale will end so you have plenty of time to browse. Might be a good time if you are planning on making your Christmas gifts to take advantage. Want to make dolls, toys or bears for a youngster? Doll clothes for those baby dolls or fashion dolls? Pajamas, Nightgowns or Robes?

Well off to finishing up my packing for our camping trip. My deepest wishes for all of you to have the most wonderful Thanksgiving and that you all will be able to be with your loved ones. And God Bless Our Troops that we are able to be thankful for so much!

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009


Advance 8161 Awesome Cover-Up Apron - Pretty Scalloping 1950's

This is just one of about 10 or 12 old apron patterns I just acquired. I think I will be putting at least one more in tomorrow (I've already done my scanning and my memory isn't what it used to be - grin) -

Racing around getting ready to go camping for the holiday weekend and I not only look like I've been dragged thru a bush backwards I feel like it too.

Here is the entire bunch listed today without a breakdown so sorry!

I'll post the sale info in the a.m. and hopefully a breakdown of what went in tomorrow too!

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Monday, November 23, 2009


These old 20's patterns are getting harder to find so this was a special treat to find this one. Butterick 6270 Heavenly Retro Princess Slip 1920's and did women back then have no dang hips?

Packing and cleaning and cooking to get ready for a long holiday camping trip. We leave Wednesday afternoon so of course a sale is in order! I'll post Wednesday afternoon the details but it will be for 15% off. I'll also send out a newsletter - get your shipping list ready!

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Friday, November 20, 2009


I keep seeing Glenn Close from Fatal Attraction while she is in the courtroom in that skin tight skirt - oh that also brings to mind the pet rabbit scene but never mind about that ugh. New Look 6159 Fatal Attraction Jacket & Tight Tight Skirt 1980's
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, November 19, 2009


Only experts need apply to this one - so many tucks and pleats and I wouldn't be brave enough!
Butterick 3407 Simply Divine Dress - Front & Back Pleats 1985

Being addicted to "What Not to Wear" (the English show is the bomb!) this is a very figure flattering style in the waistline hip area. Slenderizing for my shape even if the upper part would make me look like Max Headroom.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009


Learned a new word with this one "Pirt" - Vogue 6160 Rockin' Blouse & Pantskirt "Pirt" 1960's. At first I thought it was a typo - then I tried the online dictionary, a Google search and then a lightbulb went on over my head that Pirt is a combo of duh - skirt and pants. Some days my own bulb dims - ha!
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Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Not a "pattern" but what a pattern book for knit hats. From mod to Jackie in style. Wish I could knit. Peak of Fashion in Hats 1963
Not sure if you know but I do have a vintage knit and crochet category. Don't have alot but just put in what catches my eye. Knit & Crochet Patterns
With the holidays fast approaching again not sure if you know that I have a special category just for seasonal holidays: Seasonal Holiday Patterns

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Monday, November 16, 2009


Apologies for no postings at end of last week - between computer problems & last minute weekend plans I didn't know whether to cry or set my hair on fire. But I did have a fun and relaxing weekend in the desert again and took my computer and printer and got tons of patterns scanned so I'll be ahead for once!
Advance 9928 Classic Collarless Dress & Belt 1960's which doesn't have alot of bells and whistles but is so versatile. Don't think there's anyone's figure it wouldn't flatter.
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Wednesday, November 11, 2009



Uber classy 40's dress. For some reason that one lone pocket sticks out - oooh the things that can be put in that pocket - hmmmm driver's license, compact comb, breath minds, mirror - what else? McCall 7102 Divine Retro Dress - Big Old Pocket! 1947

Normally try to keep away from the oldies and put in some newish - unique pictures but this was too yummy to not share.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009


This is me in our Prowler just outside of Spooky Canyon which wasn't really Spooky just fun. Okay didn't make it home Sunday nite because we were having way too much fun! I am working right now on pictures to go in later today. We got home late morning Monday and packed my guts out so all paid orders ship today! Ocotillo was awesome and we spent almost every day touring the desert and mountains with some rather adventurous trails to say the least! Weather in the low 90's so very comfortable.
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"Me at the bubbling mud pots" and Our Home Away From Home
























Wednesday, November 4, 2009


Simplicity 1201 Pixie Blouse & Overblouse / ca. 1955 - I just can't tear my eyes away from this blouse. That little bow tied shoulder - sigh.
I didn't list as many today as normal because we got a last minute invite to go to Ocotillo Wells in California to go camping and we leave tomorrow. I'll list some more in the morning before we leave BUT of course a sale is in order because I won't be able to mail anything until Monday/Tuesday. I'll figure out a coupon code and put it in tomorrow so head over and make out your shopping list!
Question - do any of you do any off-roading? This is actually a misnomer because there is no actual going off the road. Riding is done on dirt roads - anyone who leaves the dirt road is asking for trouble and deserves it!
Okey Dokey here is what went in today:

Monday, November 2, 2009

Kwik Sew 516 Yummy Fitted Top & Flared Skirt 1970's a little something different. Not flashy but versatile and classy.

Kwik Sew Patterns don't get as much attention as the major pattern makers but they have a loyal following and if you like working with stretch knits or want to give it a try Kwik Sew is for you.





Hope you all had a great Halloween with lots of goblins visiting for candy!

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Friday, October 30, 2009


Butterick 5526 Convertible Collar Knit Top 1970's - nothing fancy here but this really caught my eye. Classy casual. I picture putting that black and white or solid white on and heading down to the harbor for a sail. There were several oldies I could have put in but loved this one.

Forgot that yesterday was International Wear a Dress Day. I didn't catch Erin's blog about it - dang. Do wish it was in the summer instead of early winter. Sundresses rule here in the summer. Did any of you know about the occasion?

I'm ahead for once so listings ready to blast off tomorrow too so we are heading out this afternoon to do some target shooting (okay I know it's hard to visualize LOL). There's a great range in the mountains near us and with the temps in the 70's a perfect day to be outside. No blog this weekend so here's hoping you all have a great weekend and for those of you getting all that snow stay warm.

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Thursday, October 29, 2009


I can't believe I missed yesterday! I was on a scanning and picture editing frenzy and drifted into a black hole. The good news is lots of great patterns all ready to list and a rare occasion when I am ahead. Wow. Vogue 7018 Ethnic Unisex Caftan 2001 for all you caftan lovers. It's a Koko Beall design.
Ran across a website that shows how to resize patterns. So if you are looking at a pattern that just isn't the right size check it out: Resizing Patterns - if there is a better one out there let me know so I can share it.
Finally cold here. It went from 80's two days ago to 70's and now it will be in the 60's today. Arctic. It was 43 when we got up this morning. Long jammies, long robe, tall furry slippers in place and ready to get coffee. Those of you in those cold climes are probably thinking I am such a whiner. But been there before! At Mono Lake where we used to live it is 20.1 degrees. Goosebumps happening right now!
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Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Oh So Retro Beret & Hand Bag / 1940's a one of a kind pattern for sure. Unfortunately it is missing the "Hat" but the beret and bag are uncut and ready to go. Frankly IMO that hat is too boring to bother with - that kitschy little beret is the bee's knees. Don't wear it in a strong wind or even bend over - it would be terribly undignified to be chasing it down the street. Oh wait - is this where hat pins came in?

Are hats back in fashion? Did they ever go out? The only time I wear a hat is when I have to. In the sun (that dang Irish skin sunburns badly) or to keep my hair from turning into dredlocks when on the motorcycle or off roading. Only in the movies do ladies take hats off and their hair looks "perfect" -

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Monday, October 26, 2009


Marian Martin R 9154 Vivacious Dress - Crossover Buttons 1950's this may even be late 1940's it's hard to tell without an envelope. But ooh la la! Add on that one side pocket and this one blows my skirt up!
I am having a sale from today until late Wednesday night for my readers and also Erin's Dressaday readers. You all have made my business so successful and I want you all to know how much I appreciate it. So use keyword BIGTHANKS during checkout to get 15% off and happy shopping!
I am listing today's patterns right after this blog so no breakdown of patterns as they are going in after posting. Click on the featured pattern link for easy access to my site.

Friday, October 23, 2009


Butterick 5015 Outstanding Button-In-Back Blouse / ca. 1949 which covers the gamut from June Allyson to Joan Crawford. Another one of those patterns that just isn't to be found - it's pre-cut tissue and is missing the "tab" piece which fortunately is a no big deal. Even "I" can replicate that LOL. The big lot of old patterns I picked up last week has a ton of blouses that I'm still going through but this is one of my favorites.
After I finish this blog my honey and I are heading to the swap meet and then maybe later today or tomorrow for sure we are loading up the bicycles for an adventure at West Wetlands Park. We got handlebar coolers with a cup holder so we can bring some water (or in Harry's case beer) and an energy bar which I will need to drag my lard butt down the trail. It's that time of year here at last. Oh oh - I got one of those upside down tomato planters for the patio which I'll get going this weekend. Anyone have any luck with that? Maybe I'll put in some squash in a pot too.
Do any of you do Facebook? I put some pictures in of our trip last weekend to the sand dunes. I'm not in the shots luckily - this was a "guy" trip and I was back at camp relaxing. If you Facebook look up Sheila Savell.

Thursday, October 22, 2009



Okay not an oldie but oh it is so cute. Looks like a 1940's swing dress. McCall's 8622 Swing Looking Dress & Belt 1983 and how odd to start feeling that the 1980's are now IMO falling into the "vintage" category. It doesn't seem that long ago but this is a a 26 year old pattern! That is yesterday to me. Oh and it's a Foxy Lady design woo hoo.

Looking to make some Christmas decorations? Now's the time - start early! Ornaments, stocks, tree skirts, Santas, snowmen and more.

Now is the season for yard and garage sales to be exploding in our area. The snowbirds are flying home and cleaning house and that's my big project this weekend. Anyone else addicted?

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009


Simplicity 4967 Pretty Pilgrim Collar Dress 1950's - the pilgrim collar "makes" this dress. Oh well except for that multi-gored skirt! There is alot of stitching to make this dress - but worth it.
While researching to find a Chanel jacket pattern for a customer I found a fun blog site just for Chanel Jacket Lovers - Go Chanel or Go Home which I enjoyed tremendously. So Chanel fans head on over and check it out.
Do you have any favorite blog sites or Facebook sites relating to patterns or fashion? Let me know and I'll post them.
Any special plans for Halloween? We have friends going back out to the sand dunes to camp but too many drunken goblins for us to go. But we could get talked into it LOL - what's sad is we live in a neighborhood with no kids. The first year we lived here I had my big bowl of candy and was all excited and not one kid showed up. I almost cried - oh okay I did cry. Hope you gets lots of kids!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Simplicity 8110 Razzle Dazzle One-Piece Dress & Cape / ca. 1949 - I love this one! A hard to find 1940's Simplicity Designer's Pattern (I only have one other but another one to list this week!). Sometimes I am speechless over a pattern and this is one. I keep picturing a tweed pattern instead of the B&W checks.

Oh oh if you are into "muu muu" styled patterns check this one out:

McCall's 6056 Uber Retro MuuMuu Lounger 1961 a fun kitschy house dress. Couldn't decide between the Simplicity or this one to feature.

After my newsletter I had quite a few wish list requests and with one exception (A Chanel Jacket Pattern) found them all. One of my customers has a long list that I'm going to go thru today and tomorrow and hope I don't disappoint - smile. As a crossword puzzle addict this is fun for me so send in your most wanted!

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Monday, October 19, 2009


Woman's Day Pattern 3138 Offset Button Dress & Apron 1940's or early 1950's. Can't quite place the date on this one! Can't you see grandma in the kitchen with this outfit? I picture decorative buttons all the way down the offset on a soft cotton fabric.
Great time camping - it was a bit too hot at about 100 degrees during the day so I did alot of sitting in the shade but kept the air conditioning on during the main hot part of the day for the kitties! They are so spoiled. Tested out a pomegranite margarita mix that was very tart and satisfying. Just right for cooling off in the evening. Some toughies actually sat out at the campfire but I enjoyed the cool of the evening away from the fire. Next trip in a month so another sale next month!
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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Not sure if this is a San Francisco Saloon Girl dress or from the 1940's. Well okay it's 1940's. Simplicity 1453 Dazzling Evening Dress / ca. 1946 - a bit "different" looking. It's a teensy size (I haven't been in that range since junior high) with a 29 bust so only bitsy girls need apply! So for all practical ladies' sizes it's just put in for eye candy and wishful thinking.

Sale started today and a newsletter shot out this morning too. We are almost ready to go - just those few last minute things to add. Having a 5th wheel is handy - I got over the taking things in and out and just keep a full kitchen etc., with the trailer having its own towels, sheets, etc. So throw in some food and beer and margarita mix and we are good to go. Sadly the stinkin' weather has warmed up again and it's going to be 100 this trip. Dang. But the evenings will be wonderful so I'll sit in the shade and visit and relax during the day.

So have a great weekend and hope you can find some fun patterns to get on sale!

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Winter is racing toward us (well not here in Yuma - smile) and this outfit will be right in time. Butterick 3084 Dynamic Duo Cape & Skirt 2001 with or without Hooded Cape. Pretty spiffy! It is from the Essence Collection.

We are packing away getting ready to leave tomorrow morning. Can't wait! Three nights sitting around a campfire with good friends. Oh oh just got a huge box with 173 old patterns that I'll be going thru this weekend too. A glass of iced tea, sitting in my chair in the shade counting pattern pieces - relaxing yet accomplishing something. I've already spotted a couple of the large Simplicity designer patterns from the 1950's. Getting goosebumps!

SALE STARTING RIGHT NOW FOR MY BLOGGERS ONLY! 15% off all orders use COUPON CODE - GLAMIS. I am starting it for everyone else tomorrow morning but you get the cream of the crop! I won't be able to ship tomorrow as we are leaving too early but all paid orders ship Monday or Tuesday. HAPPY SHOPPING!

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009


McCall's 5176 Irresistible Lace Skirted Dress & Slip 1959 - probably the loveliest dress I have seen in a long time. The sheer top and skirt over the "slip" is so eye popping. I found one other on the internet at a site well known for extremely high pricing. I'll admit to pricing some very special patterns a bit higher than usual but I'm not in their league! Truly I don't want to be that elite - sometimes I'll pop a bit more for something I really really want but we all have a budget especially in these times. In fact I don't ever remember being on such a strict budget before. Not much eating out for us which is probably good as we are eating healthier LOL.
SALES RULE! I'll be starting a 15% off sale Thursday morning. We are heading out for our first sand dunes camping trip of this winter. We'll be back Sunday and orders ship Monday or Tuesday. I'll be using the coupon code GLAMIS. So make out your shopping list before Thursday!
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