I did not name this blog "Pattern Junkie" idly. No, my pattern addiction runs deep and wide. And while I may go long bouts without indulging, I found myself with some Paypal funds burning a hole in my virtual pocket recently. Over to eBay I went, and a blur of "Bid Nows" resulted -- I always forget what great deals there are to be found! Mr. Pattern Junkie is baffled by the giddy squeals that greet each brown envelope, so I'll share my finds with you. (I'll list each seller. Some specialize in patterns, others sell an assortment of estate finds. I'll also link each pattern to its Vintage Wiki listing, if it has one -- those that don't, I'll input soon!)
First, this gaspingly beautiful 1930s dress, overskirt and jacket, Simplicity 2718. It's so fragile I'm almost afraid to touch it:
The belt on the overskirt is suede, by the way. And I just love the color combination they used for the envelope. Gray, black, red and taupe seems so elegant.
I bought it in a small lot of patterns from eBay seller katchamp. (Me to Mr. P.J.: "See, then I sell the ones that aren't my size!" (While thinking to self: "Please don't look in the 3 boxes of unchecked, unlisted patterns.") Mr. P.J.: "And then you buy more patterns?" Me: (as if speaking to small child) "Of course." Mr. P.J.: "But what about all the ones you haven't sewn? And what about the other night when you got mad at the sewing machine and screamed at it?" Me: "Isn't it time to watch House?") The lot included Simplicity 1120, which I've deluded myself into thinking I'll grade down one of these days. What a blouse!
Here's another pretty, Simplicity 8230. It jumped in my cart when I was getting another long-sought after pattern from etsy seller Starlet. (I'll show that pattern tomorrow.) I love how the bodice and skirt echo each other:
I couldn't resist this Vogue Designer, Vogue 1614, either (funnily enough, the back label tells you how to pronounce "Rodriguez"). Very mod! (Though I do fear that if I wore it Mr. P.J. would interpret the plastron as an arrow and suggest writing "open here" on it.) From eBay seller dresdenjunkshun.
And I fell in love with Butterick 4577 by Young Designer Jean Muir. Aren't the lines great? This was another one that I picked up in a small lot -- the four patterns cost me less than this single pattern would have cost me elsewhere. I'm a sucker for a good deal! From eBay seller joekool708.
This Christian Dior pattern, Vogue 2230, is a simple design. I don't care about designer labels in general, but I guess I'm a sucker for them in pattern form -- especially when they're less than $5! From eBay seller laneysnewagain.
Tomorrow: you know I can't resist the late 60s and the 70s! Have I got some wonders to share...