You never know where you’re going to spot vintage patterns. They may be in a charity shop, an antiques barn or your local fabric shop. I dropped into Fred Winter in Stratford on Avon this afternoon to grab a couple of zips & some thread for a new project and on heading to the till noticed a box on the table where they display their cotton batiks.
There was a sign on the side of the box that read “Donations to charity” and peeking out the top were some patterns. Interest piqued, I headed over to see what was on offer. I spotted the first vintage pattern very quickly, then flipped through the rest of the box, hauling out pattern after pattern! I left the 70s, 80s & 90s for someone else – I’m not completely selfish! At the counter paying for the legitimate purchases, the shop assistant pointed to the Shakespeare Hospice charity box and said: “Just put some money in there for them.” So I popped a fiver into the box (the only cash I had on me at the time) and left very happy!! Do you want to see what I got?
None of them are completely unused, but Mrs Addis, their previous owner, hadn’t used all the pieces. There are jackets unused in some envelopes, dresses or skirts in others. She sketched some ideas for dresses & left them in a couple of the envelopes. She could draw!
I love finding these little treats in vintage patterns, whether they be receipts, sketches or sometimes even scraps of fabric. They make the patterns that bit extra special. Thank you Mrs Addis, your patterns have a safe new home with me, where they’ll be loved & made up in beautiful fabrics – eventually! 🙂