Sunday, April 22, 2012

Pattern purge





I am continuing to define what I love to wear.  This includes tunics and pants, flowing dresses, fitted blouses, skirts, and outdoor wear--->fleece vests under my barn jacket and snow boots to the knee.    I like to look pulled together, and while I admire the girly look, I look best with simpler style lines.  Dramatic jewelry or a hat or scarf helps me feel feminine and competent.  Hmmm, I'm surprised at that word "competent".  There was a time when I dressed to be seductive, but now I feel as though my mind and spirit are the parts of me that are attractive.  I'm not discounting my physical self, but it has a different role lately.

When I began sewing a few years back, I tried lots of different patterns, and I had mixed results.  I still will sew a pattern or two if I like the IDEA of a certain style, or I get caught up in groupthink.   I have not yet reached a point where I can look at every pattern and say with certainty that it will or will not work on my body.  I'll also pick up patterns because someone else looks wonderful in their creation-holy cow, I'm a follower!

This follower persona is a result of the immense amount of inspiration, tutorials, sharing and just plain information which is available online.  I am full.

This brings me to the point of this post.  I need to make some room in my creative mind, not to mention my closet.  I have some patterns which need homes.  I'll be happy to send these singly or in groups to anyone who wishes to take them.  If you would like one or more of these, just leave a comment below and make sure I can contact you for your mailing address.  I'll close out the giveaway next Sunday evening 9 pm Pacific time.  It will be first come, first served.

V7799 center front seam, t neck sm-med REQUESTED
V8684 dropped waist dress cut @ 10-12-14 (2 size groups)
V1085 knit or woven top w/ raglan sleeves, other view is one piece w/ attached tie ends, uncut, all sizes
V8764 notch collar dress 8-16 ABCD cups uncut
V7274 blouse w/shawl collar, 70s, size 14 ?complete
V9021 blouse w/ bow , 70s, size 16 ?complete
V9444 blouse w/wide shoulder/lapel, 80s, hood, size 14-18
V8713 vest sm-med uncut
V8688 draped knit top, X grain layout, cut and altered for 10-12-14
M4769 plus older pattern though same shirtwaist dress, size 8-14
M7457 pullover dress w/ Vneckline and gathered skirt, 70s, cut on large
M7942 pullover dress w/ gathered shoulders and gathered skirt, 70s, size 10-14
M6511 color block tank, 8-12, uncut
B5608 pullover tops with shoulder drape, 8-14, cut to 12 REQUESTED
B5527 knit tunic w/ gathered neckline, cut @ sm-med
S2401 halter top dress, pantsuit, romper, 6-14, uncut
S1369 very vintage house dress, late 30s, unused REQUESTED

20 comments:

  1. I know what you mean about making clothes because you saw it on someone else or it happens to be the most popular item. Good for you is realising what you look and feel good in. I've already got plenty of patterns that I shouldn't have, so thanks for the offer but I'll leave these for someone else. What does intrigue me is S2401 - a pantsuit and romper! Really?

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    1. Ruth, we are of like minds...why did I gather all these patterns??? You know the list is only a fraction of the total! You should take a look at the Simplicity pattern. It really is pretty wonderful for summer.

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  2. Mary, you touched a chord when you said "There was a time when I dressed to be seductive... a different role lately". It's necessary to reevaluate our needs,roles, and goals occasionally and make adjustments. This is what keeps us fresh and engaged in the world around us. When we get stuck in a rut, whether it's our style or our life it causes us to look and feel older than we are don't you think.

    Appreciate the pattern giveaway, but I need to do a purge myself. Hope your patterns find good homes:)

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    1. Lynne, I think the best part of aging is the clarity of identity and the ability to be multifaceted.

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  3. Wow, that's quite a giveaway: I love a knit top, so wouldn't mind Vogue 7799 pattern. Do you mind shipping to Canada? e-mail me at jkachkar(at)shaw(dot) ca

    Thanks!

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    1. Great Jodie, it is yours. I'll be in contact.

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  4. I must admit that I fall into this mode as well, and am going through a reevaluation of what my "style" is. Having young kids now is making it a little harder, as I need to balance the practical with the pleasurable!

    I'll check out your list of patterns later on, but just wanted to comment on the book pictured. I LOVE this book! I first heard about it from Myrna G. last summer/fall and since taking it out of the library about 6 times (I never could finish it in the 3-week window) I decided it is a book that I must own. Very thought provoking, and well written.

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    1. I love the book also. It is such an interesting take on the fashion houses and the history they emerged from.

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  5. I'll have to check out that book and, like you, I have seriously cut down on pattern acquisition, so I don't need any more. :)

    Good luck on your physical and mental cleansing! I am sure you will love DOL and can't wait to hear a report.

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  6. I will definitely have to check out that book also, thank you for the recommendation! I think defining one's style is a life long and ever-changing endeavour. I've realised this since reading the blogs of a few 20 somethings when they talk about getting "their style" down for once and for all time, and realise that I (many years older!) am *still* trying to do that same thing myself!
    I will check out some of those patterns too... :)
    (oh thanks for your comment, and I rather fancy that car myself! It is the husband's, my own is a bit more dog and kid friendly :) )

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  7. Good for you - I haven't even looked at the list, a. because I am in the UK and b. like you I already have loads of patterns, many of which have not yet seen the light of day.

    Hope they all find good homes

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  8. I, too, have tons of patterns, but I'd love the S1369 housedress. I'm in a vintage phase. I really identify with what you're saying about style, and also went through my seductive phase. I want to look chic in public and comfortable at home. I have a middle aged body and I just don't look good in the same stuff many of the younger sewists do. Still defining a style after all these years! Find me at nightrowan at aol.

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    1. Excellent! This is a vintage pattern and as such, doesn't have the same markings as the present patterns. I looked it over a few years ago, and thought to trace it...but never did. It needs a home. I will be interested to see what you make with it.

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  9. Like you, I'm also trying to determine what my style is. Not only that but every time we have a change of seasons I seem to forget what I wore during that season last year .... seriously, how can I forget? I find Winter in QLD tricky, at least in Sydney you could dress for cold weather and stay in it all day, here you need layers that you can remove as the day gets warmer and then reapply as the day cools down - tedious. Saying that, I've discovered a distinct lack of tops in my wardrobe to be worn as a first layer with pants for this finicky weather(I've been wearing sleeveless dresses all Summer). I've looked at Butterick 5608 several times and I'd love to have a go at that one - I'll happily reimburse you for postage. You can contact me at http://tigergirladventures.blogspot.com/

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  10. Purging is a really good feeling! I am sure all your patterns will find happy homes.

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  11. tigergirl, I have it set aside for you. No need to worry about postage. This is a "pay it forward" giveaway. :-)

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  12. Woo hoo! Thanks so much. I've just emailed you.

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  13. I too will have to check out that book,looks intriguing. If no one has requested I would be interested in Vogue 8764, that pattern always interested me. Your most recent post gave me a smile, about the IOU in the diner. Nice! my e-mail: sunnygalstudio (at) gmail.com

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  14. I definitely don't need any patterns, but I just wanted top pop on to say that your post really spoke to me. I'm in commitment overload with group/blogosphere sewing stuff right now. And still sorting through what works for me. Go you! Pare down, shed the extra stuff!

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  15. I came across your blog while looking at finished minoru jackets. I know I'm late to this post, but do you still have B5227 & S2401?
    My email is Wolfies3@comcast.net
    Drop me a line to let me know, if they are taken, then congrats on purging some of your patterns!!!
    My goal for this year is to sew like I used to many years ago...LOTS!

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