Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Vintage Pattern Mini-Fundraiser!

Imagine this: all your beautiful fabric, pretty commercial sewing patterns, self-drafted patterns, Burda mags and Burdastyle printouts, plus most of your threads, notions and buttons AND NOT TO MENTION YOUR OVERLOCKER AND ACTUAL SEWING MACHINE need to be condensed into the equilvalent of two boxes to be transported to your new life. AND, whatever you make room for must also share this space with a good chunk of your clothes (including many of your very own creations) and 90% of your shoes. Anything that won't fit must be jettisoned. Well, I'm not imagining this because it's my reality! Tang.

Now, with such pressure to condense my preciousness in a limited time frame, one (my boyfriend) may be wondering why I am spending a disprotionate amount of that time obsessing about the fate of my commercial sewing patterns. But as any respectful seamster knows, vintage sewing patterns are one of the most special commodities on earth, and the idea of lobbing them in the recycling along with all the 'dead' magazines is the only crime that I would consider lifting my anti-corporal punishment stance.

So with a tear in my eye, I have figured out which of my vintage patterns are to be released into the wild. If you read my blog with any form of regularity you will know I am no stranger to offering up creations and creation enablers (including patterns) as giveaways, and I would love nothing more than to offer these up in a similar fashion, but the truth is I can't afford that right now. The reason why I'm being forced to limit the stuff I can ship off to such a degree is because it's going to cost about €100 per box, excluding buying the boxes themselves. So I've created the concept of a mini-fundraiser for 'Mission Repatriation' (AKA, moving back to UK) to raise a bit of money to almost cover the cost (about €16) of buying a box to fill.

Here's the deal: if you want one of these patterns for your very own, it's yours for €1 plus you cover postage and packaging. Please stake your claim in the comments section at the bottom of this post by including the number of the pattern you want and an email address that I can reach you by. It's first come first served and with no limits on how many patterns you buy, AS LONG AS YOU INCLUDE A CLEAR EMAIL ADDRESS. I WILL NOT be using these email addresses for any purpose other than contacting you for the address you wish the patterns to be sent to, but I don't have all day trying to follow a cyber-trail to find you. Once I have your postal address, I will send you the pattern/s and email you the total of P&P plus €1 and you can reimburse me via paypal. I can only accept paypal I'm afraid. Please note: I'll send the pattern/s in a new padded envelope via the cheapest snail-mail rate. If you wish, you can wait until you receive the pattern/s before you send the payment. I hope that's clear, any questions can be included in the comments and I'll try to update this post to clarify the situation and update any claims that have been made on patterns as we go along.

To the goods! (note: all pieces are present unless otherwise stated):

#1: Woman's Weekly Dress from 1962, Bust 36. Update: Reserved for Roisin


#2) Style 1115 Dress from 1975, Bust 36. Mid-length sleeve pattern piece is missing, but can easily be re-created using the longer sleeve pattern piece. Update: Reserved for ilovedolly


#3) Style 4066 Dress from 1973, Bust 36. UNCUT! Update: Reserved for Helen


#4) Simplicity 8271 Pullover from 1977, Bust 92cms.




#5) Advance 3098 Dress, Bust 36. Includes bound buttonholes how-to guide. Update: Reserved for Belinda


#6) Style 1184, three lengths of Skirt from 1975, Waist 65cms (25 1/2").


#7) Simplicity 7359 'Pantdress' (!) from 1967. Bust 34. Front Armhole facing piece for the no-sleeved version is missing. Update: Reserved for Hanna


#8) Blackmore 4093 Dress, Bust 36. Update: Reserved for Yu (who is the exception to the leaving an email address rule because I can meet her in the flesh)



#9) Simplicity 7642 Tops from 1968, Bust 36. Update: Reserved for Yu (who is the exception to the leaving an email address rule because I can meet her in the flesh)

#10) Simplicity 6934 Dress from 1975, Bust 36. UNCUT! Update: reserved for Dora

#11) Style 4106 Dress from 1973, Bust 36. Update: Reserved for Roisin

#12) Butterick 4226 Dress, Top and Trousers, Bust 36. Recommended for moderate stretch knits. Update: Reserved for Bunny

24 comments:

Roisin Muldoon said...

Hi Zo! Could I have no 11, style 4106 please? My email address is thestreak@gmail.com

Thanks ever so much!

Roisin x

Roisin Muldoon said...

Oh, and also that first one - the woman's weekly pattern, if that's okay? Thank you! x

Sarah @ ColorKitten said...

Sorry you have to do it, but I understand totally - I call dibs on #5) Advance 3098, please!

Yo soy Yu said...

I think only 8 and 9 left for me. :D

Dora said...

I'd like #10 please! I'm at dora@dorawrites.com.

Ruhan Memishi said...

I would like 1 and 9, if they are still available.

Ruhan Memishi said...

sorry i forgot to include my e-mail address. rmemishi@gmail.com for #1 and 9 if they are still available. Thanks.

Tasia said...

Oh wow, sorry that you have to give up your treasures! None for me, just wanted to stop by and say that parting with any sewing supplies sounds heartbreaking, and I feel your pain!

christina said...

I'd love to take over #10 if dora skips out.
christina drachenline@yahoo.com

.x.Helen.x. said...

I'd love #3) Style 4066 please. Thank you! My email is: sewstylishblog@gmail.com

Fawn and Flower said...

Don't sell number three at all, you need to keep that one! It's adorable!

I love your kimono sleeves write-up, by the way. The short sleeves totally remind me of Rizzo from Grease!

Ally said...

I am clearly way too late for this and would like to say: hats off to you Zoe for having the strength to part with good friends!

Zoe said...

Wow! I wasn't expecting such a quick reaction, thanks everyone who got on the case so quickly. Remember people, No email address; No pattern!!!!! If you want a pattern that I haven't marked as reserved, LEAVE AN EMAIL ADDRESS with your comment please.

Thanks!
xxx

ilovedolly said...

hi I can't quite figure out if you have got this one left but if you do, can I have Style 1115, email is laylabeattie1977@hotmail.com

Bunny said...

Hello! I would like to buy #12 on the list, please. k (underscore) pink (EIGHTY-FIVE) AT hot mail DOT com.

Sorry to write it that way, but I keep getting spam when I write my email address in full.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I think it's already taken but in case it's not I would love #5) Advance 3098. Thanks! Email is emailzz(at)mailhaven(dot)com

Hanna said...

Please can I have the pantdress (argh, forgot the number almost immediately) - the seventies one that's missing a facing. hannaATweibye.net

Belinda said...

I just realised my post came up as anonymous. Hopefully this login works ...

Five Guineas said...

I know there are already 2 people ahead of me, but just in case I would like no. 5! FiveGuineas(at)hotmail(dot)com.

Minnado said...

I am a bit late for the patterns but just wanted to say you have my sympathy for having to jettison stuff prior to moving and al lthe packing logistics. I have moved a lot in the years since leaving home and I feel for you xx

Sarah @ ColorKitten said...

sorry Zoe, I thought sending you an email would qualify! Belinda is welcome to it though, no worries. Good luck on your move!

Zoe said...

Sorry about that Sarah, thanks very much for your kind wishes. In fact thanks everyone for your empathy regarding moving and paring down precious sewing stuffs!

Happy sewing all.

xxxx

Vonnie said...

Zoe, my apologies if this is unhelpful but for the prices you're looking at to return your things home would it be an option for you to buy a really clapped-out car, pack all your stuff in it and get a ferry from Santander to Plymouth or Portsmouth?

sewducky said...

I don't want one, but I thought I would sympathize with you. I just had to do that recently, and I didn't have to pare down much, much to the dismay of my boyfriend.

Good luck!

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