Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Out of the Ashes Collectibles Vintage Pattern Site

First of all, thanks for all of your great comments regarding my big dress. I hope you laughed as hard as I did and also learned to be cautious when working with crinkled cotton gauze! I guess it doesn't matter how long you sew - there's always something new to learn and many mistakes to be made!

Now, onto pattern news.

A week ago I mentioned in a post a new (to me) vintage pattern site named Out of the Ashes Collectibles. I had placed an order in the morning and by the next day I received notice that my order had shipped! It arrived in just a few days, each pattern slipped inside of a page protector sheet and all of them tied together with colorful yarn. Also included was a 20 percent off coupon code to use on my next order.

I had placed an order as soon as I saw this Anne Klein vest pattern (Vogue 1847, c. 1996) and this Issey Miyake jacket pattern (Vogue 1782, c. 1986) .

In the eighties I rarely sewed with Vogue Patterns. Frankly they were out of my price range and I don't recall that they were ever on sale. Because of that I wasn't aware of many of the designers that were popular, including Issey Miyake. The first Issey Miyake pattern I picked up was at a going out of business sale at a fabric store in the early 90's. The Vogue patterns had been marked down to $1 so I picked up anything that looked interesting. That was it, I was hooked on his unique styles. Not so much that I wear this type of clothing, but I do enjoy seeing how the final product comes together.

This particular Issey Miyake jacket pattern first came to my attention about ten years ago when I purchased a copy of More Power Sewing by Sandra Betzina as the jacket is one of the samples in the book. I'm intrigued by the front closures, but it remains to be seen if I actually sew the jacket or not. I may just peek at it once in awhile and marvel at the design.

The Anne Klein vest pattern was one I never got around to purchasing when it was in catalogs and then all of a sudden it was no longer in the book.

I also ordered two other vintage patterns while I was there and needless to say, I'm very happy with my pattern purchases.

With the 20 percent off coupon you know I'll be stopping by to visit her site again. Too bad I directed Erin (A Dress a Day) to that great 50's dress pattern as she couldn't resist and purchased it. Which of course was my secret plan - thus saving myself some money. I do hope she sews it and then shares it on her blog with all of us!

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Oh, one more thing before I forget! Stacey (JameeForever) awarded me a Schmoozer Award.

“As it goes, schmoozing is the natural ability “to converse casually, especially in order to gain an advantage or make a social connection.” Good schmoozers effortlessly weave their way in and out of the blogosphere, leaving friendly trails and smiles, happily making new friends along the way. They don’t limit their visits to only the rich and successful, but spend some time to say hello to new blogs as well. They are the ones who engage others in meaningful conversations, refusing to let it end at a mere hello - all the while fostering a sense of closeness and friendship."

She then proceeded to tell me I *had* to post it on my blog or I'd be breaking the law. (She conveniently forgot to tell me *which* law but I don't want to take any chances.) So here it is, proof that I love to talk to people way too much. Now, who do I know that I think is a schmoozer...watch out, it just might end up with you!

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1 comment:

  1. The Schmoozer Snoozer law, duh!

    Yeah, hmm, idk what your friend meant either...it seriously depends on the TONE she said that in, lol. Gosh, hope it was an upbeat tone. You're the best--keep on sewing, I may not sew often like I want to but I sure do enjoy your tips, your finished projects and your humor. xo

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