What an eventful few weeks it has been.
My hubby returned. I wrote quite a bit. I finished some custom items, and finished several other projects.
We ventured to Washington D.C. to see the cherry blossoms, when my sister-in-law visited a few weeks ago.
During a day of exploration a couple weeks ago, I discovered some new thrift and antique stores in the area. I found a very promising source of vintage notions, where I bought the buttons I used for the 40s blouse in my previous post.
To top it all off, I had a very successful day at yard sales two weekends ago.
Here is my treasure from last Saturday morning. The box of zippers and lace came from one sale, and the box of patterns and cuts of fabric came from another.
When I saw the patterns peeking out from the box hidden under the table, I squealed like a child who’d just been told they were going to Disneyland. I was visibly shaking with excitement when I opened the box up to find patterns from the 60s and 70s, and not just the typical 80s cast-offs. I have never had the pleasure of finding such a cache at a garage sale. As if that wasn’t enough, there were vintage fabrics as well.
When I got the box home, I discovered more than just patterns.
There was a journal with a collection of sewing tips clipped from newspapers, and knitting patterns with little sample squares to go with them.
I am really upset with myself for not establishing contact with the woman I bought these from. She said that some of the patterns were ones that her mother used to make clothes for her and her brother, and some of them she used to make clothes for her daughter. I would love to spend time talking with her about the memories that go along with the sewing patterns, and writing about the history behind them. It would be wonderful to tell her story.
I may have to go back and try to find her house. I’m sure I could learn so much from her, and I love listening to stories of those who have lived longer and are much wiser than me. I think it would be so much fun to put together the stories of seamstresses throughout the decades, telling their story through the lens of their shared love of sewing, reflecting on the place of sewing throughout recent history and how it affected their lives. Quite a daunting task I must admit, but worth it.
Here’s a sampling of some of the patterns in the box.
I also went to G Street Fabrics recently, because my husband and I went up to Baltimore this past weekend. On the way home, we went through the D.C. area, so I could check out one of the G Street Fabric stores. I went to the Rockville, MD location (there are two others in Virginia).
The store was overwhelming and exhilarating at the same time. The prices are a little high on some things, and they have some really high quality and designer fabrics. It’s possible to find some very nice fabrics in their clearance sections, if you know what you’re looking for. The store also has a huge selection of buttons and notions. I’ll undoubtedly be back once we are in our house and working on décor, etc. I found one upholstery fabric that I am pretty intent on having.
Can’t you just see a cute little chair re-upholstered in this material, or some pillows, or maybe even the cushions of dining room chairs?
Speaking of our house, there are still some uncertainties. So far, we are still set to close on April 29th. However, some things have come up with a lender required roof certification. The roof can’t be certified until it is re-shingled. So, we’re now waiting to hear from the seller about our next step. I’ll continue the updates when we know more.