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My mother has seen my love affair with vintage patterns grow ever stronger, and she now thinks of me during her frequent trips to antique shops along the Oregon coast. These small town shops have amazing treasures that are far less picked over than what you’d find in Portland vintage shops, and at far better prices. But she out did herself this weekend by procuring me this box of vintage patterns. What did it cost? Five whole bucks. What?! Yeah… yeah.

I can’t even tell you how excited this box made me. I’ve spent the last two evenings looking through everything and I am just in awe. Pretty much everything belonged to a Mrs. W. W. Hileman of Cottage Grove, Oregon. She had a subscription to The Workbasket and many of the patterns were mail ordered. She folded all of the pattern pieces up, tucked them into the instruction sheet and then tucked that back into the envelope. It makes me feel so ashamed of my file folders of jumbled patterns!


My Mom mentioned that her mother also had a subscription to The Workbasket. She often sees me getting excited about things like ribbon and new handstitches and says, “If only your Grandma Jensen could see what you’re creating. It would make her so happy.” It does pain me terribly that I don’t have much of my Grandma Jensen’s old sewing supplies, and I had just asked my Dad’s mother about her old sewing stuff this past Friday. She told me, “I’ve been downsizing and gave all that stuff away ages ago.” I feel sad that Mrs. W. W. Hileman’s granddaughter doesn’t have this box, but some other lucky ladies hopefully have my grandmothers’ old things and are loving them just as much as I am loving these…

See a full inventory of this treasure trove on my blog. Tell me, would you feel guilty if a box like this came into your possession? Would you feel like you were steeling it from it’s rightful heir, or is it better that I rescued it from the antique shop?

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If you like wool be sure to visit Portland, OR! Since Pendleton is based in Oregon, you can often find amazing vintage wool at local shops. I found 2+ yeards of two different plaid patterns. The blue is c1950 and the orange is c1970.

I made a Colette Peony Dress out of the blue and simply adore it! You can view more pics on my blog. I’m making a men’s button up out of the other plaid.

I will note that these pretties did not smell so pretty. I had to wash them, then air dry them and let them sit in the garage for a week to fully cleanse them of their musk. But now they’re wonderful! And they only cost $24 apiece :)

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It has officially been one year since I started sewing! I can’t believe how far I’ve come since I made my first meringue skirts. But the thought of sewing pants was still making me nervous, so I started with these 1950′s pajama pants.

Details on my blog Thanks for viewing, happy Monday!

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(I’ve been admiring everyone’s posts on this site for ages but am only just now getting around to posting myself. Thanks for your beautiful and inspiring craftswomanship!)

This is my second time using Butterick 3114, a sixties style shift dress I purchased from oldpatterns.com I was a little unconventional and used shirt weight Pendelton wool. I got 2+ yards for $17 at a Portland vintage shop and I couldn’t resist! Its amazingly soft, warm but not hot, perfect for pretty much any season here in the NW.

The pattern instructed me to finish the neck and arms with bias tape, but when I did that on the first version and it turned out stiff and scratchy. So I created my own linings with fusible interfacing, then hand-sewed them in place. The result is an even cozier dress!

I wanted the plaid to be the star, but it needed a bit of pop. I added pleats to the hem (inspired by the Colette Patterns Pastille Dress) and a beautiful beaded notion to the neckline.

I’ve got many more completed projects on my blog. Please stop in and have a look!

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