Could not help myself.

The problem with casual teaching, or sub teaching, is that you don’t get paid if you don’t work. Thanks to the Easter holiday, I have 4 weeks with close to no pay coming in – boo! – so am trying to stay away from the shops and keep myself occupied at home with cooking, cleaning, sewing, basically doing anything but spend. Unfortunately, this morning I walked past one of my local Op Shops on the way to the bank. “How harmful could one small look be?”

Seriously people, vintage – wool – Liberty – shirt dress!

It was in my size. I tried it on. I weighed up the purchase. It wasn’t cheap by Op Shop standards, a whopping $20. But really, how could I say no? It’s now mine!

I still need to modify it a little. It is from the late 70’s/80’s, so the shoulder pads need to go! I think the shoulder depth is a little too wide, so will take that and the side seams in a bit and re-set the sleeves. I also need to cut about 30cms from the hem. I’ll show you when it’s done.

Since the budget damage was done with this purchase, I accidentally stopped at a different Op Shop on the way home. “What harm could it do?”

Seriously people, massive- vintage – fabric – stash!

The were just putting out the entire stash of a local resident who had recently passed away. So much goodness, but I really tried to restrain my purchasing.

Vintage barkcloth fabric which I think was used as curtains.  4 pieces for $3!

Home dec weight sateen with pink stripes and topiary trees! Seriously for $1, I needed to take this home.

From top to bottom: twill, drill, brushed cotton and Hollie Hobby jersey. All at least 1m, some are 2 meters. All are vintage with smaller selvage widths than today. All for $1 a piece!

I also picked up a piece of black jersey and black spun polyester (well that’s what I think it is) also for $1 a piece. I asked if any vintage patterns accompanied this stash, but apparently they are yet to come. I think I’ll head back next week to see if any pattern goodies will follow!

The Op Shop gods are shining on me today! Hope you enjoy some thrifting luck too!

Good mistakes.

I ordered this fabric by accident, but now I’m kinda happy with this mistake.

When it arrived, I was super cheesed off. The last thing I needed was more navy fabric in my stash! I wanted the orange/red colourway, but sent the seller the wrong link. Totally my fault. I should add that the fabric is rather nice with lovely softness and drape – just the colour wasn’t what I wanted… or so I thought!

You see, over the weekend, a short trip to the Op Shop turned up Simplicity 9867 and I knew I had a match.

Such a simple pattern… once you look past that horrible, plaid dress with gathered sleeves or the ruffled version or that hair!

I love that I can wear this fabric with yellow belt and shoes.

Red belt and shoes

or tan belt and shoes. Versatile huh?

I made a straight size 10 with changes made to the length of the hem and that I finished the arms with bias tape.

Considering this is an 80’s pattern, it’s still really cool and not too 80’s at all, in my opinion.

Pattern: Simplicity 9867 c. 1980 = 50c
Fabric: 1.5m silky cotton from Cottonholic = $21 inc part shipping
Thread and elastic: $2.60
Total: $24.10