Well, remember when I went to the swap meet and got all of those patterns for free? Well, I thought that I would share the goods with you all, in case any of you were curious. There are a lot more duds in this collection than treasures, for sure! :) The fabric finds were much more successful!
By the way, these are my first vintage patterns ever! Then again, I suppose in 20 years, the patterns that I've been buying will be considered vintage. :) Also, I was hoping to find a little bit of history, like Tasia found in her patterns!
Let's start off with the favorites!
|McCall's 6003, McCall's 2407, McCall's 7259, McCall's 6749|
M2407: The only pattern I was going to initially buy was this apron pattern. I love the envelope! One day, if I ever have a sewing room, I think I'll frame it on the wall. :)
M7259: This envelope is cute too, so it's hard for me to focus on the actual garments. :)
M6749: Maybe view D or E would cute in the right fabric?
On the flip side, here are possibly the worst patterns of the bunch.
|McCall's 8012, McCall's 7715, McCall's 8896, Simplicity 9052, McCall's 8028|
M8012: What adult needs overalls? Assuming you're not a farmer, of course.
M7715: Not only is the shirt a boxy shape, it seems to be a strange midriff length too...
M8896: The styling and fabrics are HORRENDOUS! I lived through the 1980s (although I was little) and I probably had an outfit similar to the girl doing the "I'm a Little Teapot" pose in the front.
S9052: I can't get past the fact that these look like cheesy boxers.
M8028: Not even a professional model can look good in this one.
Here are some children's patterns, which I won't need anytime soon, but I'll hold on to. Look how cute some of the vintage envelopes are!
|Simplicity 7661, Simplicity 7463, Simplicity 5681, Simplicity 8597, Simplicity 9530, McCall's 6268|
S7661: This is adorable! I think the envelope is probably cuter than the garment.
S7643: Uh, not my favorite, but if my future kid asked for it, I wouldn't say no. :)
S5681: This is going to be made one day, even if she doesn't ask for it!
S9530: Also cute!
M6268: The smallest pattern out there. It looks like I'll be covered for a range of ages!
Now for the quilting patterns. I'm not a quilter, but maybe I'll hang onto them for the future.
Apparently back in 1978, this lady from California requested a couple of patterns to be mailed to her. I love the U.S. Postage stamp, and it cost only $.13 back then!
I might sew these next patterns one day? I suppose if someone wants to be a chef for Halloween, I'd have the pattern ready to go. Children's room accessories, why not? An 1980's style maternity dress? We'll have to wait on that too!
|McCall's 7931, McCall's 8917, McCall's 8122|
Okay, more women's dresses that fall into the "Eh, Take It Or Leave It" category. They could be cute with maybe the right styling, fabrics, and changing around the skirt lengths.
|Simplicity 7535, Butterick 3356, McCall's 7191, McCall's 7757, McCall's 7878, McCall's 8763|
Some not so favorites...
|McCall's 4393, McCall's 2125, Butterick 4296, McCall's 9441, Butterick 3985|
Yep, that first pattern calls for shoulder pads. Yuck! I already have shoulders like a linebacker, so I don't need any help!
Now, a few non-pattern extras: some good, some not so good.
1) Pretty Christmas ribbon
2) A free pattern for a bag dispenser
3) Christmas decor needlework patterns, I think.
4) A single shoe insert, stuck on the back of a pattern. Um, gross.
Well, after sorting through my patterns, I realized a few things.
* I adore pattern envelopes from the 1960s and earlier.
* Almost every 1980's pattern has terrible fabric choices. They seem sooo dated!
* I love a bargain! Even better than that, I love free things!
All in all "money" well spent!
Do you have any favorite vintage patterns in your collection? I'd love to see!