GIVEAWAY: $35 to Spend at Bessie Miller Vintage

by Katherine

in Giveaway,Vintage Sewing

I’ve come to realize that it is no longer appropriate for me to visit ebay without adult supervision.

It was bad enough when I had to call into service overflow boxes for the patterns that wouldn’t fit in my enormous pattern cabinet, but now even my overflow boxes have their own overflow boxes. I am on a complete, utter and total pattern buying hiatus until I a) have a clear-out or b) find a second pattern cabinet (know of one for sale within a four hour drive of Southwestern Indiana? Get in touch!)

I’ll be taking some time this weekend to sort out my own personal pattern chaos, so while I’m trying to impose order onto the madness, here’s a treat for you: $35 to spend at Bessie Miller Vintage.

Bessie has all manner of vintage in her etsy shop, but I think you’ll be particularly interested in her super affordable patterns.

When I say they’re affordable, I mean 1947-pattern-in-factory-folds-for-$7.99 affordable, like this:


Bessie is also a long-time contributor to WeSewRetro. You might remember seeing her fab forties swimsuit

To Enter:

To enter the giveaway, leave me a comment below: you can tell me your favorite item from Bessie’s store or leave me some pattern storage/organization advice. The winner will be chosen on Friday, February 28th to receive $35 to spend on whatsoever their heart chooseth from Bessie Miller Vintage. This giveaway is open worldwide :)

Over on our facebook page, we’re discussing where these pattern ladies store their kidneys:

 

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SwinginCat February 22, 2013 at 12:27 am

Oh, I have a great striped fabric in white and red, so I could use the House Dress pattern (Simplicity 1459) wonderfully :D

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susan February 22, 2013 at 12:37 am

I store my patterns is plastic envelopes in a chest of drawers that have deep drawers. it is the same one my mum used so has sentimental value

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Michelle February 22, 2013 at 1:09 am

Simplicity 3520 is such a cute blouse pattern. The neckline variations are great!

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Mme Polaire February 22, 2013 at 1:21 am

I cast my bid for Vintage Simplicity 3397! Love the raglan sleeves, they’re great for broad shoulders!
I store my patterns in plastic bins, each one holding skirts, blouses, dresses etc… I can stack them on top of each other and bring out only the bin needed for a project. I keep my super vintage 1900-1930′s separate so they don’t get smushed! I probably have 500+ stored this way.

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kittysdrawings February 22, 2013 at 1:44 am

I love this one!
http://www.etsy.com/listing/115364735/vintage-mccalls-4299-dress-sewing?

My patterns are kept in big plastic folders – the ones you’d fit in an A4 binder and then in a set of small office drawers. Binders would be good too. A4 is a good size because you can fit quite a lot in the envelope and you dont have to worry about damaging your originals :-D

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Ange February 22, 2013 at 2:10 am

Oooh, I love this one:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/74876797/vintage-simplicity-3397-party-or-wiggle?

Thanks for the tip for great pattern finds…. not that I need MORE.

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Ange February 22, 2013 at 2:14 am

I wish I had an amazing tip to share, I just keep my patterns in a ‘to be used soon’ and ‘patterns I love and can’t give up’ stash.

I have tried various systems, like dress, skirt, suits etc. but I like to get to them easy and try ideas..

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Bonita February 22, 2013 at 2:17 am

I’m just going to say it ~ that double breasted jumper Butterick pattern!! Oh. My. Want!! Love it! http://www.etsy.com/listing/47265835/vintage-butterick-5343-double-breasted?

Thank you so much for this giveaway, I have my fingers crossed. :)

xox,
bonita of Depict This!

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anne February 22, 2013 at 2:26 am

Way to many fab patterns to choose from!
But think my favorite is this one – Mccalls 4299:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/115364735/vintage-mccalls-4299-dress-sewing?

fingers crossed!

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CarmencitaB February 22, 2013 at 2:43 am

Woah! That’s though, she has some very cool stuff.
Simplicity 4705 I need a good shirt dress pattern.

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jackieNj February 22, 2013 at 2:54 am

A storage tip. I have found it near impossible to fit patterns back into their envelopes once I cutthem so I usually put the pieces back in ziploc bags with the envelope on top. This preserves the envelope and is much neater.

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Nina Lewis February 22, 2013 at 3:48 am

Browsing her store was a dangerous thing: so many gorgeous patterns, so little free time. This one stole my heart because well…who doesn’t love scoop backs? http://www.etsy.com/listing/115363901/vintage-butterick-9752-sun-day-dress?

Thanks for the giveaway!

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Emma February 22, 2013 at 5:05 am

I’m with Nina. That was a dangerous browsing session. I must leave the computer for a while. ;)

Gooooorgeeous:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/107343050/vintage-butterick-8295-blouse-and-pants

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Yaz February 22, 2013 at 5:09 am

Hi,
I love Vintage Simplicity 7262 Cape and Skirt Sewing Pattern, I LOVE capes at the moment!
I would store them in plastic wallets ( http://www.viking-direct.co.uk/a/pb/Niceday-A4-Economy-Punched-Pockets-Green-Spine-100pk/pr=Q22&id=3357645/ ) in a lever arch file : http://www.viking-direct.co.uk/a/pb/Niceday-A4-Economy-Lever-Arch-File-Black/pr=Q22&id=4857579/

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Yaz February 22, 2013 at 5:10 am

Also, this way you can index them into different categories.

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Ginny February 22, 2013 at 5:36 am

This dress is just gorgeous! Shame it’s missing the vital bits.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/107347797/vintage-butterick-5294-dress-with-bolero?

I also love this one- the tuck details are lovely:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/108321354/on-sale-vintage-advance-5109-shirt-dress?

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Lynda February 22, 2013 at 6:45 am

I’m loving the Vintage McCall’s 3183 Knit Dress Sewing Pattern. Hw cute is that. And, I’m almost positive I sewed that same pattern when I was young!

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Miranda February 22, 2013 at 6:52 am

I love the Simplicity 2085, but there are so many great (and affordable) patterns. I’m starting to think I need adult supervision anytime I’m on the computer – from all the wonderful patterns available on Etsy and eBay, and all the inspiration from WeSewRetro, it’s getting to be dangerous to my wallet! :)

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Miss Ava Kitten February 22, 2013 at 7:27 am

I have, at last count, 4 underbed storage boxes stuffed with patterns but they still seem to be everywhere (my husband is always asking if I am actually going to make up the ones sat on the living room table to which I reply “eventually but are they not beautiful just to look at as is” – I am always sewing by the way I do not just buy patterns to look at (honestly)). So, Ive popped over to have a look at Bessies and my where to begin. Vogue 4121 is the epitome of style, Simplicity 1322 quirky and fun, Butterick 5294 needs no explanation, Simplicity 4253 I just want, Butterick 6891 to die for. Do I sound fanatical! Have fun all.

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Joni February 22, 2013 at 7:32 am

I think my favorite is this one:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/115366321/vintage-advance-american-designer-7925?
I’d need a shrink ray to fit into it, though. Let’s get on that, science!

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Lisette February 22, 2013 at 7:51 am

Oh! McCall’s 7993 – the 40s coat is amazing. I may have to buy it before you even have the drawing!

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sarah February 22, 2013 at 7:53 am

Her patterns are great and affordable! I suspect they will all be snapped up before the giveaway! But just in case they are not: for all but the vintage oversized patterns, the perfect solution is comic book long boxes. (The oversized ones — think 50s Vogue Couturier — all go in a magazine box, which you can get from the same place the comic boxes came from). I personally like the new plastic ones, they’re much more durable. But the cardboard ones work perfectly, and you can even get boxes that function as drawers if you have so many you want to avoid stacking and unstacking them. Any comic shop should carry them, and they’re easy to find online as well.

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Laura D February 22, 2013 at 7:58 am

I use half-size copy boxes from Office Max. They come in a six pack for around $12, so they’re easily affordable, and they’re the perfect size for patterns!

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vintageattempt February 22, 2013 at 8:25 am

So many cute patterns. But I am goign to have to go with this hat… http://www.etsy.com/listing/121209234/vintage-white-wool-felt-hat-with?
It would match just about everything.

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Jenni February 22, 2013 at 8:43 am

I’m job hunting right now and will be needing new “work” clothes, so I’m loving Simplicity 4550! And I’ll give a pattern storage tip too: I totally use comic book storage supplies for my rarest patterns. Some of my 1910s-1920s patterns are quite fragile, so having that acid-free backing helps preserve and protect them!

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Jill February 22, 2013 at 8:56 am

Butterick 9752. I love the neck line and the back.

I keep meaning to get some nice boxes from Ikea for my patterns. Right now they’re in cardboard bankers boxes. It’s not very fancy, but honestly, it does the trick as much as anything else.

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Chastity Senek February 22, 2013 at 9:16 am

I should be put on a pattern buying hiatus too (my boyfriend keeps saying this) but since it’s a giveaway I can’t see the harm =] I think the Pouch Pocket Belt should be great for dresses that don’t have pockets but my favorite is Hollywood 1428 because I lack a good 1940′s slacks pattern in my collection.

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carson1131 February 22, 2013 at 9:23 am

Even without the skirt pieces includes, I definitely need Butterick 8295, and Advance 7767

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Starspangledheart February 22, 2013 at 9:24 am
Feminizzle February 22, 2013 at 10:30 am

Wow! How to choose? I’m a sucker for shirtwaists, normally, but this suit is just lovely!

http://www.etsy.com/listing/102548650/vintage-simplicity-4550-skirt-and-jacket?

Although I also love the neckline on this dress:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/115364735/vintage-mccalls-4299-dress-sewing?

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Marie February 22, 2013 at 11:00 am

Oh please count me in, I love this particular shop and always have her patterns in my wishlist. Currently, my favourite is http://www.etsy.com/listing/103985167/vintage-mccalls-4080-dress-and-jacket

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Morgan February 22, 2013 at 11:00 am
Christina February 22, 2013 at 11:02 am

I love this one:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/119179879/vintage-simplicity-1322-bib-front

I have a couple of patterns with attached “suspenders” and this one is really adorable.

As far as storage/organization–I use those photo boxes you find in craft stores and I just don’t use the lid so I can stand my patterns up in each box. I organize them by dresses, tops, bottoms, etc. I also try to use a “new” pattern every time I make something. I only have a few that I have used more than once.

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Sean MacKenzie February 22, 2013 at 11:09 am

First off, it’s so cool to hear of another sewing/vintage enthusiasts from South Western Indiana. {Terre Hautian, here!} Second, what about a small filing cabinet?? Maybe one with two drawers or something, depending how many you want to put in there. :::shrugs:::

http://www.etsy.com/listing/75203716/on-sale-vintage-simplicity-1459-house?
http://www.etsy.com/listing/111665376/on-sale-vintage-simplicity-2624-skirt?
http://www.etsy.com/listing/74877710/vintage-simplicity-3681-culotte-pattern?
http://www.etsy.com/listing/96007344/vintage-simplicity-4003-shirt-dress?

The Fictionista
{sean-mackenzie.blogspot.com}

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Maren February 22, 2013 at 11:42 am

There’s a definite shortage of patterns in my size, but I think Vintage Simplicity 3681 would be super fun.

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Maddy February 22, 2013 at 12:11 pm

Oh dear, how could I possibly choose a favorite out of all those lovely patterns??? But I do reallllly love this one: http://www.etsy.com/listing/115364735/vintage-mccalls-4299-dress-sewing

Thanks so much for the giveaway :)

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RetroJenny February 22, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Oh gosh, look at all the pretties! I’ll take every thing in a B36-38. I just don’t have it in me to try and do any more resizing after the alterations I have to do as it is.

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Eowyn February 22, 2013 at 1:12 pm

I like McCall’s 4119 very much. The collar is nice and the matching sweater is such a nice touch. But Butterick 8662 is my close second favorite. It has an unusual design for a sheath dress.

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Kate February 22, 2013 at 1:53 pm
Eleanor February 22, 2013 at 2:20 pm

I’m completely in love with McCalls 9163, that three quarter sleeve option… perfection!

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Nadia Lewis February 22, 2013 at 2:30 pm
Anthea February 22, 2013 at 2:35 pm
Anne February 22, 2013 at 2:37 pm

I have a sentimental attachment to the yellow J.C. Penney Pitcher: http://www.etsy.com/listing/101149272/vintage-yellow-jc-penney-ironstone?
My late mother worked at a Penney’s store in WV when she was in high school in the late 1940′s. I also think this Vogue skirt pattern is lovely!:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/108321424/on-sale-vintage-vogue-5265-skirt-sewing?
Thanks for the giveaway & happy sewing everyone!

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Michelle Devine February 22, 2013 at 3:04 pm

Oh the 1950′s dresses are great!!

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Elise February 22, 2013 at 3:10 pm

I love this suit! http://www.etsy.com/listing/96293590/vintage-vogue-4270-suit-and-blouse I think it’s a timeless design and a must have in anyone’s wardrobe! :)

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mideva February 22, 2013 at 3:46 pm

simplicity 3520,because i need some tops,and those are super cute.I keep pattern in half size file boxes and/or plactic sheaths and binders.

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Nike Eve February 22, 2013 at 4:04 pm

I’m loving this Advance 6099 shirt dress: http://www.etsy.com/listing/102549321/vintage-advance-6099-shirt-dress-with?

I especially love how they snuck pockets into the yoke of the bodice on the green dress :D

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Nadine February 22, 2013 at 4:05 pm

vintage Bow-tie blouse, 1496 is so cute, I would buy that.

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Joy February 22, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Mccalls 2702 Wedding bridesmaid evening dress – trying to just pick one but the prize would mean more than one favourite phew! I have a summer wedding next year to sew dresses for and can envision View B on my eldest daughter.

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foamofdays February 22, 2013 at 4:59 pm

What a wonderful giveaway!
I like this pattern as it’s from my favorote 60s :)
http://www.etsy.com/listing/106495917/vintage-simplicity-5513-shift-dress?

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Taysha Riggs February 22, 2013 at 5:51 pm

Thanks for the giveaway! I keep all my patterns in a open bin, I like shuffling around to find something because as much as I try to organize into categories, it never works ;-)

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Kelly February 22, 2013 at 6:12 pm

Wow! That was 19 pages of heaven… The hats, purses, shoes… and lovely patterns on top of that!!… I wanted no less than 5 or 6 items per page… Clearly I need adult supervision on the internet!..

As for storage… I am about where you are…Way too many and no place to put them… At the moment I am using pretty photo boxes with no lids, like Christina, and keeping them in a bookcase.

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Glyn February 22, 2013 at 6:39 pm

OOOOH! I’m pretty sure I need adult supervision when shopping for retro patterns too (although I’m fairly new to the genre, having been primarily a quilter for the last decade or so). Favorites? It’s hard to decide but definitely, Butterick 3519, Vogue 6400, Simplicity 1818, 3591, 2085 and 7953.

My patterns primarily live in pattern boxes but I’ve reached the overflow stage too. Looking forward to hearing about your reorganization.

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Relynn February 22, 2013 at 7:23 pm

I am in process of organizing my sewing patterns. How I’m doing it is this:
Patterns and instructions go in archival zipper bags. Those filled bags are put in hanging files labeled with the manufacturer name, and they are ordered by pattern number. The envelopes are placed in page protectors in binders so they are like catalogs. That way I can browse to find inspiration of things I want to make. I’m very visually oriented and this is working really well for me so far.

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lynaeve February 22, 2013 at 7:52 pm
Sandra February 22, 2013 at 9:34 pm

I look forward each week to receiving the email of all the lovely outfits that people have sewn. Life is a little busy now but hopefully soon will be picking up the needle and thread.
Cheers

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Sarah February 22, 2013 at 10:01 pm

What a great pattern shop! Thanks for this giveaway. I really like Advance 6099 http://www.etsy.com/listing/102549321/vintage-advance-6099-shirt-dress-with
But there are really a lot of patterns in her shop that look inviting :o )

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Erika February 22, 2013 at 10:43 pm

After Christmas and Halloween Joann Fabrics had plastic totes that were PERFECT for storing patterns. They are clear, rectangular, about 10 inches high and wide enough for two rows of patterns. Also, much easier to move around than a pattern filing cabinet and good for the various stages of checking, scanning, listing, etc. I don’t know if they carry them year round though.

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T. Wimes February 23, 2013 at 8:29 am

I love Butterick 9752 perfect for summer.

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Quinn February 23, 2013 at 10:48 am

I love the Vintage Butterick 6038 Swing Coat, but gosh, so many tiny sizes in old patterns…guess I’d better learn to draft larger sizes from smaller originals!

Thanks for the giveaway op, and good luck with your organizing!!

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Seamstress Erin February 23, 2013 at 11:42 am

I have my patterns in a vintage Samsonite suitcase. Probably not the best storage method, but I’ve only very recently started using patterns again (I drafted everything myself for several years), so I haven’t really needed a god way to store them. My mom used to store her patterns in a wood box with a sliding lid that a carpenter friend built just for her.

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Rebecca/Wannabeseaamstress February 23, 2013 at 3:29 pm

I absolutely adore this vintage mail order sun dress pattern. I could see this made up many times in many fabrics.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/124452630/vintage-mail-order-9027-sun-dress-sewing

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tane February 23, 2013 at 3:53 pm

Vintage Vogue 7794 Jacket Sewing Pattern
http://www.etsy.com/listing/96292882/vintage-vogue-7794-jacket-sewing-pattern?

This one is different and cool.

I keep my patterns sideways in a shallow plastic bin, categorized (boys, knit fabric, skirts, dress, etc. )

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Laurence February 23, 2013 at 4:19 pm

I love the Vintage Advance 7767 Blouse and Skirt Sewing Pattern. The pleated skirt is a beautiful detail!

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Bobbi February 23, 2013 at 4:56 pm

What a great store! So many wonderful things! I added the Advance 4724 to my cart and may go back to add a few more that grabbed me. Sigh. I really need to learn how to resize patterns!

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Shanna February 23, 2013 at 5:39 pm

omg how cute would this be? Vintage Advance 4258 Sundress and Bolero Jacket Sewing Pattern Bust 34
As for organization, my stuff is all over the place so I can’t help haha

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Sarah February 23, 2013 at 6:00 pm

Butterick 6891 is fabulous with it’s front pockets, count me in your giveaway.

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Kimberly February 23, 2013 at 7:21 pm

I’m afraid I don’t have any ‘good’ storage solutions as I keep my patterns in cardboard boxes lined with thick plastic. I really like several of the patterns listed in the shop, especially Mail Order 9027 Sun Dress. Thanks for offering the giveaway!

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Jade February 23, 2013 at 7:49 pm

I completely understand the pain of self imposed pattern probation! I’ve been there. I keep mine in vintage metal file cabinets. The drawers a very deep, perfectly fit two rows of standard sized patterns, and it so easy to keep everybody organized with labeled tabs (jumpsuits, dresses by era etc.). Bessie has a lovely swing coat pattern I might have to swoop up giveaway or no!

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bald guys wife February 23, 2013 at 8:01 pm

I love the Simplicity 7288 embroidery transfers. I think that really adds a retro touch to outfits. Also, I am glad to hear that I am not the only with with pattern overflow problems. I hope you will post your storage solution when you find one!

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Rachel February 24, 2013 at 1:10 am

You’re right– this shop is a great find! SO many reasonably priced vintage patterns.

I love this one: http://www.etsy.com/listing/119176892/vintage-simplicity-3520-boat-neck-blouse?

Perfect, simple blouses for warm weather, which we get plenty of in VA Beach!

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Laura Mae February 24, 2013 at 3:31 am

I just love finding new pattern shops! Vogue 4118 is lovely, along with all of the others!

And I wish I had a solution for pattern storage, because not only are they taking over my sewing room, but they are starting to move into the living room. And yet I keep finding more that I cannot do without, go figure . . .

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Nikki February 24, 2013 at 2:05 pm

There are just so many cool things in this shop, it’s so hard to choose which is my favorite! I really like the neck details on Vintage Simplicity 6459 Dress Sewing Pattern and the crisp,clean lines of the dress

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Melanie February 24, 2013 at 7:01 pm

I just happened to be birthday shopping for fabric and found a wonderful one over at Ditto Fabrics that would just be divine for this dress pattern:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/111664448/vintage-simplicity-1332-dress-with-tie?

As for storage, I have all my unopened patterns stored in a plastic 3 drawer chest. I have little dividers for day planners (I use the Martha Stewart ones because they match my sewing room colors) and section out by style of pattern, IE Skirts, Blouses, etc. For opened patterns I fold them up and store them in the acid free comic book bags, and section out the same way. It’s made life so much easier!

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Aaminah February 24, 2013 at 7:12 pm

McCall’s 7993 Coat http://www.etsy.com/listing/103985675/vintage-mccalls-7993-coat-in-two-lengths? is so classy! I know spring is almost here but there is always another winter coming and wools will be on sale soon. Here’s hoping…

As for pattern organizing, I have separated my pattern envelopes (front and back) then taped the front of the pattern envelope to the front of a large yellow envelope with clasps. Then taped the back of the pattern envelope to the back of the yellow envelope. This way I don’t have to fold my pattern pieces so many times to get them to fit in there. I then write in the upper corner of the yellow envelope what size the pattern was cut so that I can see my sizes right away. I stand these envelopes upright in a two-drawer file cabinet. A plastic file bin with a lid also works well if you have a large collection and want to stack them.

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Jane February 24, 2013 at 8:24 pm

Simplicity 5239, that’s for me! As for organization. I have always kept my patterns upright in shoe boxes, by size, family member or type.

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allthepreciousthings February 25, 2013 at 6:08 am

Butterick 9752 is gorgeous, wish it was my size –

http://www.etsy.com/listing/115363901/vintage-butterick-9752-sun-day-dress?

As for the pattern storage tips, I’m sorry Katherine, but all I have are a series of clip-lock plastic bins, which seem to multiply and breed before my very eyes. I would KILL for a proper pattern cabinet

;-) Lynda

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Nathalie February 25, 2013 at 6:27 am

http://www.etsy.com/listing/124454541/on-sale-vintage-simplicity-4014-blouse?

<3

Thanks for let me know where to spend my last money….

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Johanna@projects by me February 25, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Hello!
I don’t have that many vintage patterns, but I two systems for pattern storage:
1. I keep them standing (easy to flip through) in Ikea’s Kassett box (http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/40224319/)
2. I keep the ones that don’t fit in the Kassett boxes in plastic folders in Ikea’s Kassett magazine files. (This is also how I store my traced patterns).

Hope this helps someone! :)

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Lexie February 25, 2013 at 3:25 pm

My advice isn’t so much a storage suggestion, but a bit more on the organizational side. I use a note app on my phone (I prefer to use Catch, but there are others out there) to keep track of patterns that I own. With the app, I’m able to take a picture, organize patterns by catagories ( dress, skirts, shirts, patterns owned, vintage, etc…) Between patterns that I’ve bought and inherited, there are too many for me to remember whether or not I already have a pattern that may fit a need that I have (I keep buying shirtdress patterns, I have a ton, how many could I possibly need). So before I buy a pattern, I’ll scroll through patterns that I already own to see if I really need it, if not, I try to excercise some will power. This might help you from having to add a 3rd overflow box.

Other than that, I also love using Catch, because I can note on each pattern how much yardage I need for a pattern, along with pictures for inspriation. I also use it to track what fabric, and how much, I have in my fabric stash. And patterns I want to buy in the future (prevents me from having to look through the pattern books at the store when they have a sale).

It took a while to organize it all, but it’s so convienent to have.

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Laurie February 25, 2013 at 8:59 pm

My favourite pattern (in my size) is Butterick 8534 : it would make a perfect spring coat!

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Gema February 26, 2013 at 8:19 am

I love this green dotted party dress:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/124454682/vintage-simplicity-3472-day-dress-party?

It couldn’t be any cuter!

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BoPeep February 26, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Honestly, I headed right for the 50s patterns…but then I was lured away by the gorgeous felt cloche with the nose-tickling feather! I have sorely missed out on my dose of nose-tickling this winter. Must have it.

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Amy S February 27, 2013 at 4:58 pm
Lholy-chan February 28, 2013 at 3:09 am

I can’t really help with the pattern organization, I don’t have that many so they’re just on the corner of a shelf, piled on top of each other… ^^;
I think my favourite pattern would be one of the little girls ones, they’re just adorable! For the ladies, I quite like this one (Simplicity 3397) : http://www.etsy.com/listing/74876797/vintage-simplicity-3397-party-or-wiggle
I like the raglan sleeve and square neckline, I think it’s really cute and spring-like (plus, dotted fabric!). They also have some nice dresses from the 70s.

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sophie February 28, 2013 at 5:33 pm

With the spring coming in a few months I’m dreaming about making one of the 5410 Advance pattern.
Smart pattern designed with three different cute collars. So simple, and so effective!
I found a floral fabric in a little shop in my town that would match perfectly!
It would definitely be the perfect dress for the rockabilly spring festival I’m goin’ to in april, and a marvelous first post on the website :) !
Arf so many other beautiful patterns…

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Christy Lou February 28, 2013 at 5:33 pm

I love the Advance 7992. It’s a little girl’s jumper that could become an adorable sundress with a scalloped neckline. Adorable!!!

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Lithia Black February 28, 2013 at 5:44 pm

I love this pattern:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/102548837/vintage-mccalls-9163-shirt-dress-sewing?
It looks very similar to the uniforms worn in Calling the midwife which I feel a strong urge to make.
I don’t have so many vintage patterns yet but when my collection grows I’m planning to store them in archive boxes sorted by decade and garment type.

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sarah kilpack February 28, 2013 at 5:51 pm

I love Vintage Advance 5109 Shirt Dress Sewing Pattern Bust 36!!

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Danielle February 28, 2013 at 6:22 pm

I’m really loving the Advance 5109 Shirt Dress.. The details are just so cute!

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Anonymous February 28, 2013 at 6:23 pm

Vintage Simplicity 4705 Dress Sewing Pattern Bust 32

I love this one! And the bias gusset it super cute! I would love to see what you do with the storage too, I’m facing the same dilemma. My overflow boxes are overflowing. I have almost everything sorted by bust size though, so it’s not a total wash.

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Megan d February 28, 2013 at 6:24 pm

Skunk, it’s just me.

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Angelina February 28, 2013 at 6:25 pm

Affordable and adorable for sure! I love the Bill Blass jacket and dress, so mod! And the little white flats would go perfectly with it.

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madamsel February 28, 2013 at 7:28 pm
Jeffsews50s February 28, 2013 at 7:59 pm

I am trying to break out of my 50′s skirt “rut” and found the vintage advance blouse and skirt pattern 7767 to be perfect. I love the fact that they are separates but could be made to look like a dress.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/106480109/vintage-advance-7767-blouse-and-skirt

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Molly H February 28, 2013 at 8:15 pm

IT’s hard to choose a favorite, but i think I like the Butterick 4612 Shirt Dress the best. I’m kind of a sucker for shirt dresses. I store my fabric in dresser drawers. It keeps them fairly neat and tidy, and even if it’s not, you only have to close the drawer and pretend that it is. If I keep the fabric neatly folded, I keep it stacked like library filing cards so that I can see everything at once.
My favorite thing that I’ve done is create a Google docs spreadsheet of fabric type and general description, yardage and width, and maybe a note for what I plan to use it for. Lastly, I use a post-it note, or card or something like that to stick to the fabric so that I don’t have to measure it every time I look at it.

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Toni Gatlin March 1, 2013 at 12:25 am

I think the pattern for Advance 5410 is awfully cute.

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beccac March 1, 2013 at 2:01 am

I love the Vintage Butterick 4612 Shirt Dress, I keep my patterns in comic book bags, in cardboard boxes from ikea.

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Melody Mae March 1, 2013 at 4:17 am

I don’t have too many patterns, but I keep mine in plastic wallets in folders? My mum did that with the patterns she had from magazines from the 70′s-90′s, and it’s a system that works quite nicely for me. Even if I do have 20 lever arch files on a bookshelf!

Also, I love the McCall’s 9163 Shirt Waist and I really can’t ignore their hats! Gorgeous!

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Jami March 1, 2013 at 8:18 am

What a great etsy site. I’ve added it to my favorites. I like the Vintage Mail Order Dress Pattern 1968. Simple and flattering.

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Gillian March 1, 2013 at 11:23 am

I’ve fallen in love with Simplicity 3929. Bit obsessed with the 60′s. I’m afraid I’m new to sewing so for what little patterns I do have I keep them in a zip lock bag in a paper folder. I store them along with my fabric stash in old vintage suitcase’s which are stacked so its kind of a feature/decoration, and my darling children can’t figure out how to open them so it’s safe…for now!

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Shannon March 1, 2013 at 12:50 pm
ERA March 1, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Love the Vintage Butterick 6038 Swing Coat pattern; it is cool outside today so looking at the pattern makes me think “warm”.

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Katrina @ Edelweiss Patterns March 1, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Oh, goodness! How am I supposed to choose just ONE favorite pattern? I guess the 1950s blouse and skirt (Advance 7767) is probably the best, but they’re all really adorable.

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old-fashioned-girl March 1, 2013 at 8:05 pm

oh my goodness! I just love http://www.etsy.com/listing/119236600/vintage-advance-8057-shirt-dress-sewing it looks so swingy and comfortable!

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