Tuesday, March 16, 2010

*Sew* Organized!

I have been looking everywhere for the perfect solution to my vintage pattern overpopulation problem and yesterday on the way to pick up a gallon of milk I found it!

As I glanced through the parking lot of the local thrift shop, I saw a fabulous Shaw Walker filing cabinet from the 1940s in a dark, army green with solid brass hardware. The company dates back to the turn of the century and is synonymous with the early foundations of corporate America. Examples like this sell in the $400 - $600. The thrift shop price tag stated $2.00 a drawer. I was silly enough to ask, "If I buy all the drawers, can I also have the frame?" The employee laughed... Apparently that's just how cabinets are priced.


Luckily, this particular, oh-so-mid-century model has 4 drawers. I am thinking Simplicity, Butterick, Mc Call's and Vogue...





I spent the morning sorting through my patterns and organizing them into decades...


Which resulted in finding a few duplicates! I am offering five vintage, uncut 1950s Simplicity patterns (including 1460, 1573 and 1840) FREE to my readers!


These 5 patterns are missing their enveloppes, but are complete with primers. If you want them, let me know by adding a comment below this post. If more than one person indicates an interest in these patterns, I will draw a winner at random on Saturday, March 20th... so stay tuned!

62 comments:

  1. I would love them! 1573 looks fantastic!

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  2. This patterns look great. I would love to try them out.

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  3. Love your blog, and I'd love a chance to win the patterns!

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  4. I am a recent follower...I found you through Sew Retro...I would love an opportunity to win the vintage patterns...Thanks!

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  5. I would love to own a vintage pattern! I have a wedding in August that I would love to try to make my own vintage dress for!

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  6. I'm glad you are getting your patterns organized. I love your dividers!! I have a little extra space in my pattern cabinet for those duplicates!! Sheila

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  7. i'd love to win! thanks for always being such an inspiration.
    lora

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  8. I'm getting married next year and would love a wedding dress from a vintage pattern! pick me!

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  9. I could really use these. I'm costuming Pajama Game (set in the 50s) and need more variety in costumes.

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  10. Please add me to your drawing. I love the patterns.

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  11. Wow! Thank you for all the interest in these. I am glad they will be going to a happy home.

    I forgot to mention, they are SIZE 13 and 14

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  12. I love the big pockets on that housecoat! I'd love to win these!

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  13. Put my Name in that hat too! Such fun!

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  14. I would love to win. Put my name in the hat too.

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  15. They look like great patterns!!

    I love your idea to organize them!!! I hope someday to have a collection of them to warrant a whole cabinet!!

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  16. I sure do want to enter - I remember buying discontinued patterns at a discount without envelopes when I was younger.
    stwoliver3 at yahoo.com

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  17. I would LOVE owning a vintage pattern! The "bug" has recently bitten me over vintage and I haven't taken the plunge yet :)

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  18. Please please count me in! I adore these patterns and your blog.


    Darla

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  19. I was wondering what size range these patterns where in.

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  20. those look gorgeous! i'd love to win them! thanks for sharing them!

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  21. Count me in! I love them. Thanks for posting on Sew Retro!
    kristin@ohmybettie.com

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  22. Katie - They are size 13s and 14s. Thanks for your interest :)

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  23. Very nice count me in, please.

    nancysoffice at gmail dot com

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  24. Oh my goodness, are you kidding me? I would LOVE these!

    muchdeepmeaning @ gmail . com

    I found you through Sew Retro. Very nice...

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  25. add my name to the pool! i'm drooling over these...

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  26. Ooh, vintage goodies! Count me in!!!

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  27. Count me in, if it's not too late! :)

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  28. Hi! I´d love a vintage pattern. Never had one!
    Great blog! Have a great day/evening.

    //Heidi

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  29. I would love these to start my vintage pattern collecting! :-)

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  30. I would love any of them!
    cbakertroublemaker@hotmail.com

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  31. i would love a 1950s pattern!

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  32. I would love the chance! thanks so much!

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  33. Great idea with the filing cabinet. Found you through Sew Retro. Nice blog!

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  34. oooooooh! would give much love and beautiful fabrics and wonderful notions to these! Donna in CO

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  35. What an amazing find and a great pattern organizing idea!
    I would be interested in the patterns, I am always looking for them when I go to antique stores but rarely find any.

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  36. Oooh would you ship to NZ? I have just found your blog and am super jealous of your honey hole post. I really need to get organised and do a secondhand tour of New Zealand so I can have some great finds of my own. I also love the pattern draws - I'm just in the process of converting an old standalone wardrobe that is too narrow to hand clothes into a shelved sewing cabinet for myself - I might have to include some pattern draws into the fit-out too now!

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  37. Hi I love your work. I am new to your blog, and I would like to win a pattern too. please count me in.

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  38. I have too many projects now, don't even want to get started on what I could do with vintage patterns. I will experience them through your blog - very nice.

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  39. This is wonderful! I would lone the chance to win even just one! I am new to sewing and blogging and my style is vintage. Good luck to everyone and I would love to see whatever someone makes with the winnings!!

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  40. Great vintage patterns! Thanks for the chance to win. pe_mayfield(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  41. The 1460 looks gorgeous, how luxurious to have patterns filling drawers like that... compared to my lacking collection at least. (:
    Cute pepsi bin in the background too!

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  42. Oh how I envy you your new pattern filing system. yum. But how lovely of you to share your wealth. I would love to expand my pattern collection while you glean yours. LOL

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  43. Oh my gosh! I MUST do that dress!!!

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  44. Oh, stephy! I love your dividers, they are Bee-yoo-tiful! Did you make them?! :o)

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  45. Oooh, I'd definitely like to get my hands on 'em! *fingers crossed*

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  46. Please include me. i would love a 1950s pattern!

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  47. Those are awesome! Please include me too!

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  48. would love to be in on this one! Thanks,


    Helen

    h_markland@hotmail.com

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  49. These are wonderful finds! Please include me in the drawing!

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  50. Fabulous patterns - how lucky for us!

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  51. Count me in ! I love those patterns !

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  52. Great blog I discovered you whilst searching for retro patterns,what a coincidence :)

    Can you add me for consideration to your Spring Cleaning Pattern FREEBIES draw please?

    Thanks.
    Rachel-Louise :)

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  53. If you ship to Australia, I would love just one of your patterns. I'm a size 14, B36, but I have a friend who is B40 if you have any of those. She has quite a hard time trying to find patterns to fit her :(

    Lovely, you're so well organised! I wish I could get into a state of order like that. I'm just one big mess it seems! ^_^

    Please consider me! email me at wildaboutbubblegum@hotmail.com if you do.

    Emma xxx

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  54. I would love those! I love sewing from vintage!!!

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  55. Found you through SewRetro. i have had some good luck with vintage simplicity so I will take a chance!

    Love the good luck on the filing cabinet as well. My patterns are also in need of some organization!

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  56. Hello! I found you through Sew Retro... I'd love to be entered in the drawing! Thank you for doing this.

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  57. I'm throwing my hat in the ring... another member/follower of Sew Retro, I can't pass up some good vintage patterns!

    awoade@gmail.com

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