Karma?

You may recall, last weekend I cleaned out and organized my closet. The bug spread because every member of our household did the same!  I ended up with 3 1/2 garbage bags full of gently used clothing, shoes, winter and fall coats, etc.

Now I have heard of other sewists/bloggers being lucky enough to stroll into a vintage/second hand shop and find vintage sewing patterns.  Not me.  Never.  Well almost never!

Right after dropping my things off at the back door, I strolled in the front door and spied a small basket of sewing patterns, some vintage, some uncut, and look at what I bought for 25 cents each!  Most of them completely uncut, a few with uncut pieces in them still!

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This one is c 1992.  Not quite vintage, but I just had to have it.

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View C reminds me of a dress I had myself, way back when.  c 1991

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c 1987  All my shirts had shoulder pads when I started working in the office.  I wonder what this one would look like without the shoulder pads, but with just the pleats?

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c 1985  I actually sewed up view A long ago, in a solid red polyester knit.  It was my favourite dress!

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This one intrigued me.  So many gathers!  c 1986

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c 1987  I’m not one for pencil skirts, but this was uncut!

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I had a blouse with pleats like this, but I can’t remember if it was the same pattern or not.  c 1988

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c 1994  A standard blouse pattern – classic today and in 1994.

Do you recognize any of these patterns/styles?

I always sense I am looking back in time when I look at “old” fashions.  I wonder what they will be saying about our sewing patterns in 25 – 30 – 40 years? Or is it true… “Everything old is new again.”

Happy Sewing!

31 thoughts on “Karma?

  1. oh my! I still have at least 4 of your patterns and recently started to clean out my closets and found the jumper I made from the See & sew 6447 along with the1994 blouse.

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  2. It seems so strange when I see stuff from the 80’s described as vintage. Wasn’t that just a few years ago? I guess I’ll get used to feeling old . . .

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  3. ellegeemakes says:

    You scored! I could swear I made that blouse pattern back in the day. The cut seems a bit oversized, a trend I’ve noticed seems to have returned. Gorgeous patterns. How fun!!!. I’ll be watching with envy as you sew some of those….

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  4. I find a lot of vintage pattern, but it’s rare that they’re uncut! I absolutely love the “so many gathers” skirts of 1986 style pattern!
    Unfortunately I wasn’t around to see/sew any of these… I probably wasn’t even a thought until the early 90s!
    I’ve been seeing a lot of blouses similar to the styles of the butterick 6609 in modern teen stores, like forever 21, but they’re always covered in too many embellishments!
    I hope you sew up the butterick 3458 again, the left dress looks like it would be very flattering!

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  5. So many amazing patterns! What a fantastic collection (and at such a bargain price, too)! I love the skirt with the pointed waistband, although this is possibly because I love gathered skirts, too. I also wonder if dresses and shirts will look OK sans shoulder pads, as I have quite a few shoulder-padded patterns from the 1980s that I’d love to try without that particular accessory.

    Are you planning on making any of them soon?

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  6. What fun. Most of the skirts look like what I see in magazines now. As for the blouses, it’s amazing how it is just the shoulders that give them a time frame. It does make you wonder what current fashion will represent this era. Just how do you adjust a pattern to eliminate the large shoulder pads?

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