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!

Thursday, October 24, 2013


Forgive my slackness in giving you all updates and info on my pattern listings.  My FMS (Fibromyalgia Syndrome) has really spiked the last few months affecting my hands and arms.  Some days I can't even do my listings.  When I am able to list the thought of posting on my blog makes me cringe.  I may not be as consistent as I used to be or want to be but hang in there. 

Before I found out I had FMS I had never even heard of it.  If I had I would have thought someone made it up or it was all in their head.  Well this is a good life lesson to not judge.  I wish it was all in my head.  I've done alot of research on the subject and sometimes knowledge is a dangerous thing - grin.  If you have, or know someone who suffers from FMS you know how disruptive it is for someone to cope day to day.  Fibromyalgia Network for info.

Since I haven't been listing as much, but still collecting (any time I go to town I hit the thrift stores and of course weekends are full of yard sales and estate sales) my pattern storage is a disaster.

I will try to do better next week but in the meantime help me decrease my patterns so I can start reducing the piles in my storage room.  SALE TIME!

20% off all orders from right now until Sunday night at midnight AZ time.  Use coupon code CLEANOUT during checkout.

Great time to prepare your fall and winter wardrobe.


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Butterick 9465 Hot Tamale Dress with Two Skirts / ca. 1960

I am so enchanted with Pinterest!  Of course I put in pattern pictures but it's fun to have boards with recipes, pet pictures and just "stuff" - if you haven't tried it do it.  I think you'll enjoy it.  My Pinterest Link

My poor boy cat Tobey has allergies so he and my husband (who has them too) have been sneezing up a storm.  I did take him to the vet who gave him a shot for allergies and also an antibiotic just in case he was getting an upper respiratory virus.  I have spent days dusting, vacuuming, mopping, washing all the bedding and instead of hanging them outside (at 100+ degrees outside who needs a dryer?) I've been using my dryer to avoid any pollen getting on them.  I even washed the couch pillows.  Sheesh.  Oh also switched his cat litter to a non-dusty brand.  His sneezing has subsided alot.  The cat - not my husband.  Ouch just noticed that I did all that cleaning for the cat and not the husband.  How bad is that LOL.

Speaking of cat litter.  My boy is so fussy he hates to set foot in the litter box but he is such a good boy! (BTW I keep the box pristine and even change is about every 3 to 4 days)  He does this spidery act to balance on the sides of the box and then moves into position.  When I spotted him doing this the first time I couldn't stop laughing.  He of course looked indignant that I saw him and laughed.  Here he is doing his balancing act.

Not super old but just a great useable blouse - Simplicity 8927 Form Fitted Blouse 1970 that is very figure flattering.

A classic sheath dress that follows those curves or choose a big flared skirt!  Butterick 9465 Hot Tamale Dress with Two Skirts / ca. 1960

Sadly this is a junior pattern but if you are small this could be yours. McCall's 4180 Jumper or Top & Closet Accessory Bag 1974 is so very hippie girl looking.

This poor pattern envelope is very beat up and age discolored but don't let that stop you.  When I think of the words - refined or dignified - they fit this combo.  Simplicity 8396 Refined Jacket, Top, Skirt & Pants 1977.  It's a plus size pattern with style!

Quite a few really nice tops and jackets from Vogue put in today that really caught my eye.  Check them out here:



Friday, September 27, 2013

Posting at long last - and what better way to start than with!


Use coupon code TIME4FALL during checkout to get your discount.

Sale starts right now and ends Monday night midnight.  That makes 4 days to shop!  I will mail paid orders next Tuesday or Wednesday.

With fall literally right around the corner and winter close behind it's time to put away the shorts and summer dresses.  Darn.  To make yourself feel better shop now for a new warm jacket or coat or outfit that keeps you comfortable in cold weather.

So many different styles, lengths and sizes of coats to go thru for just that right one:  COAT PATTERNS

For not so cold days or for those cool offices at work:  JACKET PATTERNS

For a complete ensemble for work or leisure time:  PANTSUIT PATTERNS

Stay warm in your profession both retro and new styles:  SUIT PATTERNS

Put away those summer dresses:  LONG SLEEVE DRESSES

To help in your searches here are some more "keywords" I put in when I list every pattern.

Semidress - means a bit dressy, for a date, can wear to work or dinner out.  Not just for dresses but also for tops and skirts, tops and pants and even dressy pantsuits and suits.  You can narrow any search by using semidress with the word dress, or top and skirt, etc.

Career - Suitable for work, often interchangeable with "semidress" - again you can narrow your search with what you are looking for.  i.e. dress, pantsuit, suit, top and skirt

Many patterns have interchangeable uses.  Depending on your item selection with what the pattern offers your outfit can be casual, ready to wear to work or going out on a date and to a party.

Using keywords helps narrow your search to exactly what you are looking for.  Other keywords:

Tops only:  toponly (includes shirts, tops, blouses).  These patterns are literally only tops.

Pants patterns only:  panonly

Skirt patterns only:  skonly

Want something extra fancy?  Use these keywords alone or together.  evening wear, formals, prom, cocktail party and, as always you can include the word dress or top and skirt, etc.

If you want a fancy party outfit that has a halter top use the word halter in your search.  i.e. halter dress or halter top to narrow your search.

Other fancy outfit keywords:  strapless, spaghetti strap, wiggle

Well off to do some baking today.  I ran a MIL errand to Phoenix yesterday and my poor back is trashed today so I am glad to not be sitting at my desk listing.  

OH OH OH!  I just love pinterest.  I have spent alot of time (time I should have been blogging) posting pattern pictures on pinterest.  I think it's important to keep these beautiful patterns for people to find and admire.  When doing research on my listings I kept running into patterns on pinterest.  I'm doing some personal stuff on it too but any vintage or extra nice newer pattern gets put in too.  Check out my recipes which are ones I have made and already love.


Friday, August 23, 2013


Use Coupon code VACATIONSALE during checkout and get 20% off your entire order.  I'll be back on Tuesday 9/3 so all paid orders go out 9/4 or 9/5.  The sale will end Monday night at midnight on 9/2.  Lots of time to shop and shop again.

Have a wonderful upcoming holiday weekend and God Bless!

Hectic week getting ready to take a vacation and still list patterns.  My apologies - so many great new and vintage patterns listed this week.

Here are some quick links:






Friday, August 2, 2013


All paid orders ship Monday or Tuesday - Happy Shopping

Butterick 5925 High Waisted Dress & Coat / ca. 1970

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend.  August is here - perfect time to go to the lake or river.  Whether boating or fishing or picnicing with family and friends it's summer time so go outside and enjoy the sun.  But - remember the sun block and wear a hat!
If you haven't read the book or seen Marcus Luttrell being interviewed I highly recommend reading the book Lone Survivor.  A true American hero.  I am looking forward to seeing the movie which Marcus says is absolutely accurate - that it is exactly what he sees in his dreams every night.  This is a picture of the four Seals with Marcus on the right.  A link to the movie trailer is  below.
This is a true mod fashion statement outfit - Butterick 5925 High Waisted Dress & Coat / ca. 1970.  It has everything you need for a cool fall or winter day when you are being stylish.

You know when a pattern includes the description "frock" it is old!  Mail Order 8121 Elegantly Tailored Frock / ca. 1940's.  The shoulder tucks are truly elegant.

Not old but really useful is this Simplicity 9868 Oversized Top & Slim Boho Pants 1990 which is multi-sized from size 6 to size 24.  The drawstring top is just darling.

That's it for today!  Got finished early and now off to do chores.  Ick.  Laundry, cleaning, etc.


Thursday, August 1, 2013

Butterick 5971 Simply Divine Frock with Two-Piece Skirt / ca. 1934

Well didn't get any in yesterday but wow check out some of the awesome patterns put in today.  I got a nice package of vintage patterns yesterday that I scanned and got ready to list.  Put several of the bunch in today.  Just couldn't wait.

Sadly some people who list bunches of patterns for sale just don't do their research.  Maybe they are just glad to get rid of them after a family member passes away or just cleaning out the sewing room. 

This one tops my lists of "finds" lately:  Butterick 5971 Simply Divine Frock with Two-Piece Skirt / ca. 1934.  I always hold my breath when I get old patterns that have been stated to be unused.  Much of the time they are as advertised but sometimes ... this one however did not disappoint!  It is FACTORY FOLDED.  It doesn't take much imagination to see this outfit on a woman during the Great Depression.

Another from this batch is this Butterick 7611 Full Length or Slim Shortie Coat / ca. 1956.  The short version reminds me a bit of what Audrey Hepburn would have worn.  Lots of time before cool weather hits -
I had this one a while back and it sold quickly.  Butterick 2137 Princess Sheath Dress / ca. 1961  - a Hollywood vamp look for sure.

A bit later in the 60's and wham the style sure changes:  Simplicity 8392 Jumper or Coat-Dress & Dress with Ascot 1969 a classic mod outfit.

Another one waiting for cool weather.  I picture the long version at a Hollywood premiere! Simplicity 6680 Casual or Theatrical Cape 1974 
Fit for a Goddess off shoulder beauty - Butterick 3481 Graceful One Shoulder Wrap Dress / ca. 1970's which could go under that long cape - ???
Had to throw in this 80's Vogue.  Two different set of sizes too.   I'm a sucker for the "peplum" look:  Vogue 9484 Ooh La La Top, Camisole & Skirt 1986 

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Spadea S-261 Fabulous Full Skirted Dress / ca. 1962

I haven't listed today yet - lots of mail to get out so will put some in later today.  Here are some special beauties put in on Monday and Tuesday.

A number of Spadea patterns and more to come - Yay.

A big wide pleated skirt pops this great Spadea S-261 Fabulous Full Skirted Dress / ca. 1962.

A choice of full or slim skirt with this Simplicity 1247 Fourteen Carat Dress, Jumper & Skirt / ca. 1955.  The full skirted dress or even the skirt by itself with those big pockets rock my boat.

Two different sizes with this luscious dress.  McCall's 6700 Must Have Wrap Dress 1979



Friday, July 26, 2013

Simplicity 3223 Spiffy Retro Shirt, Slacks & Shorts /ca. 1950

It's the "monsoon" season here in Arizona and we get thunderstorm activity almost without warning.  The weather said possible thunderstorms yesterday and oh my gosh did we get rain, lightning and thunder.  I had to turn off my computer for most of the day.  We sure need the rain so that's a good thing.  The bad thing was taking all day to finish a listing.  But got it done.

The premiere pattern IMO for yesterday was one my sister found and sent to me.  She did good!

Simplicity 3223 Spiffy Retro Shirt, Slacks & Shorts /ca. 1950 and this one is uncut!  The styles from late 40's to early 50's incorporate the best of both decades.  The "slacks" are so fortyish, and the shirt too but then that sleeveless shirt and shorts are fifties.

On to the sixties for this Simplicity 6019 Perky Ruffled Top & Pants 1965 that screams sixties' summer.

Back a decade for a great retro nighttime combo - Butterick 6995 Two-Piece Pajamas & Robe Ensemble / ca. 1954 
Nothing rings my bell more than a sailor collar. McCall's 3374 Ship Ahoy Dress or Tunic & Pants 1972 
Never out of style maternity dress.  A "two-piecer" that is so versatile.  Butterick 9844 Mad Men Maternity Dress / ca. 1960

I purchased several patterns from the late 60's to 70's that were in horrible condition on the outside but perfect inside and this is one:  Butterick 4106 Ladylike Suit & Blouse / ca. 1965.  The envelope was so bad I had to completely clean it up so the outfit itself could even be looked at.
Well off to the store.  Hubby and I are going to pick up something delicious to make tonite.  Have a wonderful weekend!



Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Simplicity 4463 Pretty as a Picture Blouse / ca. 1953

Before I forget I wanted to brag that I have finally made yogurt.  I bought a large yogurt maker (I didn't like the one with cups) and have made several batches.  Prepping to put into the machine takes a bit of time but it's worth it.  Half the time I eat it as is with maybe some fresh or frozen fruit.  Since it's blazing hot outside I have been making frozen yogurt and it's so refreshing.  My favorite is to use a drained can of mandarin oranges and maybe a banana pureed (spelling?) and then mixed into the yogurt with some sugar and a bit of lime juice.  Yum.

This lovely blouse pattern I put in yesterday.  Very romantic looking I think. Simplicity 4463 Pretty as a Picture Blouse / ca. 1953

Extra classy dress is this Butterick 3333 One-Piece Dress with Two Collars / ca. 1965 

If you are a nurse or work in a hospital or lab this super stylish uniform is a must have.  The envelope is one of the worst I've seen so I cleaned up the picture so the uniform could be seen!  Butterick 6516 Delightful Nurse's Uniform Package 1970's


Really alot of great newer 80's thru 2000's patterns put in today.  Here's the link!


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

I have been spending days and days SCANNING patterns.  I got sick of having several big bins of patterns that I scan some every day.  Decided to try to do them all and then as I find more to do them right away.  I am ahead at last.  I only listed about 35 today but they are all NEW LISTINGS.  I do like to rotate the oldest listings and incorporate into the new listings but didn't do that today.  Just wanted to get some super new stock in for you.

HERE THEY ARE - New Patterns Listed Today

Quite a few really neat ones - making a quick posting today.  Be sure and check the site every day of the work week for the new ones!

Monday, July 8, 2013


Hope you had a wonderful 4th of July holiday!  I'm taking my time off now to avoid the crowds LOL.  I will be away a week so you can take your time shopping.  Use Coupon Code 4VACATION during checkout to get your discount.  Sale ends midnight July 14th and all paid orders ship the 15th or 16th.

Happy Shopping!

Friday, June 21, 2013


Sale starts right now and ends Sunday Night at Midnight - Zonie Time.

Use Coupon Code HOTSUMMER during checkout to get your discount.

I'm running out the door in a minute to do some fun shopping and have lunch out with my husband who has Fridays off.  After working four 10 hour days he's up for a relaxing day today.  So my listing is done so happy shopping!


Thursday, June 20, 2013

Mail Order 9127 Sweet Nightgown & Bloomers + Transfer 1950's

Well the Dow and Gold markets are taking a tremendous dump today.  No surprises there.  Being a news and financial news geek I've been expecting it.  I would advise buying gold and especially silver now.  The sell off is for the most part "paper" gold and not physical gold.  Interested?  Check out Franklin Sanders postings at this website, but he hasn't posted today - he always jokes that when gold plummets he is vomiting in his trash can LOL:  Franklin Sanders

My favorite posting today is this Mail Order 9127 Sweet Nightgown & Bloomers + Transfer 1950's a very "old world" look to it.

My second favorite is because of the jacket!  McCall's 3175 Snappy Coordinated Separates 1972 - darling "bolero" style jacket just rocks.

For a giggle check this men's pattern out - it has knickers!  Simplicity 9529 Men's Quirky Pants, Knickers & Shorts 1971 and frankly even in the 70's would any man be caught dead in those?

This pattern is simply irresistible!  Simplicity 8664 Elfin Mini-Skirt & Blouse 1969 
This is a recent pattern paying tribute to the Sixties: Simplicity 2154 Perky Blouse, Skirt, Jacket & Cardigan 2011.  I have this in all sizes.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Wednesday already?  Well since I missed listing on Monday (the usual weekend orders getting me behind) I'm only short for Tuesday and Wednesday listings.  I have stopped stressing about missing posts.  How do people do "everything" when they have an online business?  I now take a deep breath and get  into my "calm zone" where I realize that all is NOT possible.  Wow - a revelation I wish I had found when I was young and running in the fast lane of life.

Such very sad news for fans of Vince Flynn today.  He passed away at the too young age of 47 fter a valiant battle with prostate cancer.  If you haven't read any of his books make a note to do so.  He was my number one favorite author.  Not just as a writer but as a person.  Rest in peace Vince.

Most noteworthy listing for Tuesday is this Emile Bru 276 Dishy Sun Dress with Removable Cape 1940's.  This maker is very rare and the few I have seen are just spectacular.  Perfect for summer!

Just forward a decade and check out this dress with a choice of skirts:  Simplicity 2043 Sleek One-Piece Dress with Two Skirts / ca. 1957.  Two different looks for sure.

In keeping with a summery theme this Butterick 3658 Gadabout Shirt, Pants & Shorts 1970's just looks so darn comfortable.

The best of the best for today is this vintage German pattern:  Lyon-Schnitt J945 Starlet's "Morgenrock" Dressing Gown 1940's with a sweeeeet double breasted front.