50 60 70

Here’s a selection of recent patterns finds from three of my favourite decades.

It’s been ages since I have found a fifties pattern in an op shop – so this was a lovely surprise and it appears unused.  It cost $12.50 – this particular op shop is aware of the collectible nature of vintage patterns – some of the prices on the vintage fabrics are sky high – and some are not – probably to incorrect identification.

The artwork is pretty but the blue with a large white collar is not my thing it would look much more sophistocated in a wool with a velvet under collar.  Don’t you think?  Or is it that I just can’t  break my 80’s addiction to black?!  It is described as “Princess Style” – thats because of those extra seams.  The collar is called a portrait collar – I like that name!  It’s a more formal day look (or evening in an appropriate fabric).


Sydney is experiencing it’s hottest March week in a decade – the thought of a cape is silly at the moment. But the double breasted front of McCalls 9028, from 1967, would be super warm and stop it blowing about. Something my Warm Hug cape from last Winter did.  My favourite look is the short length but I like them all!  Not that useful for driving a car in though!

I adore the red-head’s hair-do.  There was a girl at my Fashion Design School who had hair like that,  must show it to my hairdresser next time!


I love the easy, breezy feel of this 1975 top and shorts. I need some new shorts – these ones have a slight flare – great on a pear shaped figure – below the knee for me!


Have you had any great pattern finds lately?  Keep looking, its the secret to finding great stuff!

I nicked the name of this post from 506070 which is a great Sydney source of furniture (mostly) from those decades – I used to love to pop in when they were in Annandale, – I am not sure if they are still 0perating a storefront but you can visit online.


Friday Fabric Find – Delft Tile Fabric

Another trip to the dentist with the big boy today so we visited two op shops out of our neighbourhood.  He doesn’t mind visiting an op shop and he found two pairs of All Stars (sneakers) and one pair of Vans – nice!


I got some patterns which I shall show you on another day – but how do you like this?  I think its very Fifties – because of its hand painted look.  The subject matter pictures what I assume are supposed to be Delft Ceramics – which are white and blue – but look lovely in the grey tones.


There is a subtle tile pattern in the teal background – can you see it?  I will have to make it up into a little top and see if my Tiler husband gets the joke!

It was a bit of a bargain 90 cms wide (definitely vintage) 1.5m in length for $6.50!


The fabric is cotton but has a lovely sheen to it – because it’s a sateen weave.  You can feel the difference when you run your fingers over from top to bottom (it’s smoother) and across (more rough).

Still not much sewing going on around here – ok none!  It’s still T-shirt weather in Sydney – the mornings are cooler but the afternoons still in the high twenties – it’s lovely actually.

Fifties Fabric

The big boy had to have an adult tooth removed – it was weakened by Asthma drugs as a baby and was never going to be any good – no matter what we did to it.  He was a little anxious on the chair and started to hyperventilate (just like I did as a kid).  The retail therapy improved his mood – like mother like son!

Hope you get some sewing done this weekend!

Licorice Allsorts – Trace off your favourite T-shirt Tutorial

Striped T-Shirt, Black Doll, Offering Bowl, Licorice All-sorts, Fifites Puzzle
This picture shows some of what’s in my head. A frustrated desire to sew, what I am actually doing (selling vintage wares on eBay) and what’s coming up – a trip to Bali in a while.

Do you like this cute T-shirt I got on sale at Target recently?

I like its licorice allsorts stripes but the best thing about is the cut.

The body is cut like a singlet – with a small folded cap sleeve inserted – it has a very flattering effect for ladies with large arms!

I am going to attempt to replicate this design.

If you have a favourite t-shirt that is the perfect cut for you I recommend taking a pattern off it – usually simple even for a beginner pattern maker – just lay it flat and trace around. The front is usually lower than the back. Then add seam allowances.

One I had two layers at the front so finishing the neck edge was not a problem as you sewed the neckline first then cut nicks into the seam area, then turn it through and attach the back at the shoulders and the sides. Sing out if you need visual help and I will put something together.

Or you but that binding elastic stuff – which makes finishing raw edges fun.

Or did you know that knit fabrics (generally) don’t fray! You could just leave the edges raw! Too easy

I have been feeling so guilty about not blogging recently but my real job has been very busy with trips to Newcastle several times, new store opening set ups, getting the kids settled in with their new teachers and my eldest is off on his first camp next week – much anticipation about that! Mark has been away in Wollongong this week so that is big and adds pressure. And I was helping organize a school event – which meant lots of meetings – emails – phone calls and then supervision of the jumping castle for hours on Friday night. The kids loved it though.

I have also been listing lots of vintage goodies on eBay (might do a blog post about that). We are off on our first ever trip to Singapore and Bali with Mark’s sister and her family soon and I am trying to make some spending money. I am dreaming about lots of dinners out, the kids swimming all day and reading books – doesn’t that sound like bliss? Oh and I have a tonne of fabric that I want to get made in to clothes – I know it’s cheating but I think its a brilliant way to bust my stash!