Sunday, March 18, 2012

A Great Haul

There are 5 second hand stores I visit semi-regularly for patterns, fabric used furniture and ugly/charming vintage serving dishes. In the past, I've scored a great chair for $75 and a solid wood sideboard for $80 that is in the process of being refurbished as a vanity for our basement bathroom remodel.

Yesterday I had a mission to find two pairs of shoes for the show I am in, so I went to three of my favorite second hand stores. I got lucky. For $8 I found the perfect non-descript, character-shoe-type-with-strap nude shoes with a not too high heel.

They may not look like much, but I have TERRIBLE feet to fit (wide and flat with a narrow heel), and I will still need to employ some moleskin to avoid blisters, but there's enough wiggle room that I should be okay.

At store #2 (also an Army & Navy), I had no luck with shoes, but came across some excellent patterns. 6 for $1.74!! I've circled the styles I'm interested in. 

I was not very sure about the striped dropped-waist (top left) but I've since had a vision I will share with you later on. 

I'm very excited about the shirt-dress (top middle). I went thorough the instructions of this one, and it includes bound button holes, which I think I've done once, but don't really remember. 

I really like the green knit and it's dance-leotard-like rouching at the bust. 

I was thinking about using Style 1855 as the basis for my ombre hoodie idea . I like the idea of a poncho/batwing type shape, but I get lost in it and need more shaping, so this might work. 

The vogue jeans are for my pattern stash. I have another Vogue jean pattern from a previous second-hand store outing that I have to try as well. 

And the Butterick 6025... the pintucks. I think I'll take out the gathers on the sleeves caps though.

Next stop: Value Village. Also no luck with shoes. Again, scored patterns and also fabric, and also...
Boot shapers. Insert into boots and they stay vertical maintaining the shape. $3!

I also found some lovely patterns to add to my stash ($.99/each). I've circled the ones I'm interested in. 

I'm not one to wear a cowl, but McCall's 4236 appealed to me. 

McCall's 4325 is apparently a nightgown, which I only realized upon closer inspection once I got home, but to me it looks like a maxi-dress pattern. I'm not one to wear a maxi-dress either (at least not lately), but maybe I'll find some fabric that begs to be made into one. 

The cap sleeve on the Style dress pattern was what attracted me to it. The zipper in the front is pretty great too. Exposed maybe? 

The Simplicity shirt pattern promises a lesson in how to sew a shirt, which I'm already familiar with, but maybe I'll learn something new. 

Butterick 6519 is a maternity pattern (again, something I noticed after I got home), but I still love the colour blocked version here. 

The Simplicity men's shorts is a pattern that B and I looked at for him a while back. 

How could I pass up an adult halloween costume pattern?

Simplicity 5918 looks like a pretty cute blazer. I have another blazer in the cue that I'm working up the nerve to tackle first, so this will have to wait. 

The fabrics I found: 

Dark navy dalmation-type polka dot. 3 metres for $6.  

It feels like polyester, and after a burn test, I'm positive.

The drape is really lovely, and I think I'm going to pair it with this pattern. In my head, the drape lends itself to a flapper-type silhouette. I can see it with a long string of pearls. I can also see it with some shaping dart added and a little belt, fabric or otherwise.

Fabric #2 is a teal sweater knit with a nice multi-coloured heather. 2 metres for $8.

It has almost no stretch to it and it's quite thin, so I'm going to use it as a woven. I'm matching it with the cap sleeve dress with the zipper front: 
I'll have to see what's available for zippers to determine if it's going to be exposed or not. Probably not. More like invisible. 

I don't wear a lot of dresses, but the teal sweater knit is pretty casual and can be worn to work, and the dalmation-dot (if it works out) can be worn for my nephew's baptism. 

All in all, I spent just under $40. A good day. 


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  2. What a fun haul! The thrifts here are well picked over by professional eBayers so it's not as much fun to go to them. I enjoy living vicariously!