45 minutes later and I was moonwalking out with a fabulous little cache of goodness (grand total $13!).
If you've read much of this blog you'll know I've been learning to knit the last 12 months or so, and am nearly done with my first jumper. I love vintage style jumpers and cardi's and lusted over O Jolly's machine knitted fabric, and so when I spotted this little cotton lilac beauty hiding on the racks I was able to look beyond it's purple poxiness, and imagine the gorgeous scallop lace fabric in a far more suitable colour....
One box of navy dye and 5 new buttons later, and we are almost good to go! I say almost because the cotton took the dye up nicely but the polyester buttonholes.... not so good. I think I will have to sew over them again..... easy enough fix! I think I might dye it again with another brand at some point - it's more a french navy, and it's a little patchy in some spots - I did it in the washing machine this time (my last dyeing experiment was in the laundry sink) and I think you have better control over the fabric exposure in the sink rather than the machine - especially with a front loader.
|I don't know what to do with my hands in these photos - a giant teacup seems a healthier prop than a cigarette...|
I was very restrained with the patterns, only bringing home this skirt pattern, maybe late 70's but more likely early 80's. I'm a bit gutted because it would have been perfect to use for my Selfish Ikat Skirt - too late! I need another skirt pattern like a hole in the head, but the main reason I justified its purchase (apart from it being 99c!) was I was interested in the pattern pieces for view B - the inseam pockets are not in the side seams, they are in seams more in the front. I have seen this detail on some other vintage dress and skirt patterns and thought it well worth the research.
A very restrained haul I think. Unlike todays. I went a bit crazy at my local little op shop (thrift store, charity shop, whatever). I blame it on electrolyte loss and dehydration - I was walking home from the gym and popped in for a browse in the crafty corner, and found an ENORMOUS cache of vintage patterns all for 50c each! My selection:
|60's jacket - gorgeous raglan sleeves and hood with interesting front shoulder dart detail in one version, and trench-style in the other!|
|I suspect 80's - multi sized, UNCUT! Some darling lady carefully traced this and left the original untouched. A woman after my own heart. I bought this for the basic princess cut bodice - a gap in my pattern stash....|
|Fab 70's blouse in my size! 3 different sleeves, with or without placket - interestingly has back zip closure which one could convert to buttons if feeling snazzy.....|
|Multi-size modern princess seam dress - again filling a gap....|
And then I found these absolute treasures - a little pile of knitting patterns that must be late 40's or early 50's. $1 each. Crazy. These are so old, but the ladies and their sweaters are so gorgeous they must be shared.....
|Pamela (dead ringer for Isla Fisher!)|
|Loris (owning those sunglasses!)|
|Jennifer (could be Judy Garland!)|
PS - am after some popular opinion on my Tyler shirt buttons. My inspiration version had pearl snaps, which I love, but to avoid being a creepy copycat I was looking at some other alternatives. I have these great navy and white buttons from my recent mega button haul, and found these pearly shank buttons at Darn Cheap today, plus some pearl buttons that are identical to pearl snaps (but in button form) at Dimmeys (how random is that Melbourne readers - Dimmeys! They actually have a reasonable notions section, if you can bear to make your way through the vile rubbish they sell at the front of the store).
|What's that - oh just my AWESOME sleeve placket!|