Vintage Finds: Patterns, Patterns, and Tea Dye?1:00 PM
Last Thursday, I received a call from an unfamiliar phone number. Thinking it must be our Realtor, I answered. Imagine what a pleasant surprise it was when it turned out not to be our agent but, rather the owner of the little antique shop I haunt for vintage patterns.
You see, I stopped by her shop so regularly for a time, looking for 'new' vintage goodies, she took down my name and phone number, promising to call the next time she got some in. She called Thursday, for the first time, to let me know a friend of hers was clearing out her closets and had brought in a few bags of vintage patterns, which were so old, they were starting to disintegrate. Would I care to come in and look? Of course!!! Mind, I didn't get my hopes up too much since the condition was said to be so poor but, it couldn't hurt to look, right?
At the shop, I first found a few well-preserved '60s patterns for $4.95 firm, all too big. Boo. Browsing through the basket of notions beside them, I found two rather unusual dyes. They're Dylon Tea Dyes and claim to be better than real tea. For less than $1, I figured why not!? Now, if one uses tea dye to age fabric, what happens when one uses aged tea dye? haha
Then, I noticed somewhat hidden behind the basket, two ziploc bags filled with more patterns. They were both marked with a tag that read, "Please take to check out to open. $4.95" So, I brought them to the owner asking to take a look. As she started to open, I inquired, "That is $4.95 per pattern, right?" "Actually," she said, "I think she means the whole bag! These are the patterns I called you about. They're so old, she just wants to be rid of them." Sold! The top pattern of each bag was both cute and my size so, I didn't even bother checking the rest. Even if they're the only ones that work, it would be worth it. To put the icing on the cake, she also said if I had cash, which I did just for this purpose, the patterns would be an additional 20% off! Eeeep!
So, for my $10, what did I actually come home with?
|14 patterns from the 1940s through the 1960s and two boxes of "tea dye"|
Ooo La La
Here's a closer look at a few (though, it's impossible to choose a favorite!):
|My first mail-order pattern. Unknown vintage. Any ideas?|
|Another mail order pattern. 1960s presumably.|
|Simplicity 2362, 1940s.|
|Simplicity 4415, 1940s.|
|Vogue 4124, 1960 and McCall's 3235, 1955.|
Thankfully, as far as I can tell the "disintegration" is only on the envelopes. The pieces themselves seem aged but in-tact and ready for tracing! Dear Sweden, I'm going to need a LOT more tracing paper over here!
What vintage patterns have you found recently? Do you have a favorite of the above? (I just maaay be planning to share the luck... you know, once I have a new home haha!)
Happy sewing! x