Sunday, 19 April 2015

Sunday Stash with a Surprise Find!

It's a while since I last joined Sunday Stash and this time I have to thank two friends. First I have to thank a friend (a colleague) who has recently bought a new house. The house was completely empty a part from two boxes in the attic. One box was full of mouldy confetti (almond sweets you give for weddings and special occasions in Italy) which he threw away, of course. In the other box he found a very tidy collection of dressmaking patterns.

He kindly thought of giving them to me, knowing I have a passion for sewing (and he doesn't!) and seeing how well they had been kept. Thank you very much for thinking of me!

So now I am the lucky new owner of these patterns, that seem to all date back to 1956. I've taken it as a hint that I really have to try sewing clothes. That little voice that keeps telling me to try is getting louder and louder!

I would also like to thank my friend Mara at Secretly Stitching who is absolutely unbeatable at calculating the best offers and ways of reducing shipping costs. I do try to work out how she does it but in the end she's so good at it I put myself totally in her hands! I am always in awe of how every time she manages to think of a new way for saving money for us far away European residents trying to buy fabric from the States or Canada.

Mara's done it again. I love the low volume fabric she's sent me through a special offer. I can't wait to start using them.

She even sent me two lovely charms as a present for my Passport fabric. How cool is that?! Thank you Mara!

Linking up with Sunday Stash over at the one and only Molli Sparkles' with all my "low volume" photos!

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  1. Wow, what a great find, that should definitely spur you on to try dressmaking.

  2. Keep thinking I should make some clothes.. Just always scared of wasting all that fabric if the item doesn't fit!

  3. What a wonderful hoard of vintage patterns, it is definitely a sign that you need to start dressmaking Nesta :)

  4. I love the look of vintage clothes! What an awesome find!

  5. I love the look of vintage clothes! What an awesome find!

  6. Those patterns are amazing! Lucky you!

  7. both are great finds! Check out how small the waists are in those vintage patterns... eeeek
    Leeanna at not afraid of color

  8. And you hit bonus big time as that Paris street map is quite sought after in the etsy world and has been out of print for some time. I love the old patterns too. When I look at the detail in those 50s patterns and the tailoring involved I have nothing but admiration for our mums and grandmothers who rustled this stuff up at home on early electric (or even treadle) machines. I too have a desire to sew clothes and have bought an Amy Butler pattern and some AMH voile. I am keen to take that leap of faith but terrified at the same time. I will keep coming back here and if you do take the plunge please post about it. I will be posting about my adventures in clothes sewing on my blog.

  9. Wow what a wonderful gift of patterns, even if you never use them they will be fascinating to look at! I'd consider putting them on display somewhere!

  10. I learned to sew clothes long before quilting and I must say there is nothing more satisfying than making an outfit far cooler and inexpensive than if you bought it... my envy runs deep :) Have a blast (from the past!)