All posts tagged: 1970s

Pretty things to lift the mood

Last Friday I had the perfect day planned out, and nothing went according to plan and I didn’t get anything accomplished and I was getting very grumpy. Then I went to the op-shop.  And my day got lots better. So much fun vintage prettiness! Op-shop prettiness makes everything better: it doesn’t blow your budget, and you can’t plan what you buy, so it has the delightful surprise discovery factor.  Perfect mood fixer. This is what I got: Vintage cotton threads in a delicious range of colours.  50cents each! I love the colour names, they are so evocative, though some of them are very much a product of their time, and are not at all acceptable now. Two ridiculously pink and frilly 1960s negligee On a more tasteful, or at least better made, note, I found this hand-tatted wool blouse. The yarn is incredibly fine, and the handwork is amazing.  I can’t imagine how long it must have taken to make the blouse. Moving away from textiles, I found a sweet little trinket dish.  I’m using …

Vintage patterns part 2

Here are the rest of my vintage patterns.  Most I inherited from Grandma or was given by Auntie Artie.   Now I just need the time to sew some of them up, though I have to say, I’m loving some of the commissions I’m working on right now!

Vintage Patterns Part 1

I have a bunch of sewing stuff stored under my parent’s house in Hawaii, and I’m gradually moving most of it to NZ. This most recent trip, I brought back a bunch of vintage patterns which I inherited from my Grandmother or was given by Auntie Artie. They range in age from the 1940s to the early 1980s, and I can’t wait to make some of them up! Here is half of what I brought back.  I’ll share the rest next week: