Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Hunting for Patterns

Last week, I finally got out and about to some thrift stores, looking at this and that but mostly hunting patterns. I bet you didn't even know that I have a vintage pattern shop on Etsy, did you? It's Magnolia Sewing Basket only there's not much in the Basket right now! I have lots of patterns to list.... but it's not just a matter of the listing -- I scan the pattern front and back, edit one close-up for the main photo, make sure all the pieces are present and accounted for and do any needed research. Quite a bit of work for one little pattern! 

Anyway, back to the thrift shops -- there are really only two close around that sell patterns and there's never any rhyme or reason as to what you will find. I'll be glad when nicer weather hits and the estate and yard sales are abundant!

So I found some cute patterns -- not any older than the 70s but that's okay. I thought I'd share a few of the kid's patterns that I found -- I have put them through their scanning / editing process and they are ready to list! 

Do you remember MC Hammer?
All the cool kids wore Hammer pants and danced to You Can't Touch This.

This pattern is from 1991 but is reminiscent of Hammer pants (or harem pants). My son was the one who liked MC Hammer, or at least that one song, and he even had a pair of Hammer pants! Can't say I was thrilled with the notion, but you've gotta pick your battles with a ten year old!

Now this was more my daughter's speed -- lots of ruffles! No more though.... it's jeans and tee shirts now! She might own one dress, but I'm not even sure of that! 

Noli would like it for sure, especially now that she's nine! (which I cannot believe, but that's how many candles were on her cake this past Saturday...)

This Gunne Sax dress is cute in a Little House on the Prairie way. Reminds me of the dresses Nellie Oleson wore -- the little bratty girl who was always getting Laura into trouble. I guess you can tell this is an 80s pattern by looking at the big curly hair on that cute model!

This is a sweet dress for a junior bridesmaid or flower girl, or for a special "dress up" party. So adorable. Noli was a junior bridesmaid recently for her uncle's wedding (her dad's brother) but her dress was much more grown up looking than this pattern. (Probably a version of the bridesmaid's dresses) I wish I had a picture to share but I only saw the dress, not Noli in it!!

I found a lot more patterns but they were adult sizes.... maybe I'll share some of them another day but I'm just working on the kids right now :)



Kc W said...

I love the old patterns and the old hair styles! Really does take you back a few years! Thanks for sharing them.

ReStyleGraphic said...

It looks so cute. Thank you for your post.

Natashalh said...

I feel like I had some of those outfits! My mom made me a couple Little House inspired dresses I totally wore to first grade. My mom and my grandmother sewed a lot of my clothes in the late 80s and early 90s. I had the crazy perm, too, but in about 1992.

Betty said...

Wow, that 80's hair! Cute dresses, though. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Duni said...

I love Vintage patterns and I do browse your shop from time to time :) I remember I had a bolero type jacket like the black one when I was about twelve!

LanasArtStudio said...

Love this sweet and nostalgic vibes!!! My aunt was a seamstress and as a girl grow up in Russia, I was so privilege to be a very fashionable "forward" and modeling for her :) This is remind me those days!!!

Paige @ Little Nostalgia said...

Hammer pants are back! They're only called harem pants now, but I saw them all over the place when I was shopping the other day. I don't get it--nobody looks good in those! Haha.

Judy Nolan said...

I remember these patterns! I suspect I have a collection of similar ones that I never got around to using. I need to list them in my destash shop.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

The old patterns are so neat. I look at the thrift store when I go and hope to find baby clothes patterns. The costumes are cute too. Enjoy your week! Hugs, Diane

laura sampson said...

Oh dear I just donated a TON of old patterns, I just knew I'd never use them so out they went. I hope someone picks them up to sell! Thanks for linking up


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