Simplicity 2512 goes on holiday
I know what you’ve all been thinking. Karen, where have you gooooonnnneeeee! Okay. So perhaps you didn’t even notice my lack of blog posts, or had other much more constructive reading matter to entertain you. I am, after all, a small dot in the great pointilist painting that is the Internet. But, I’m back!
My first reason for absence was work. I had two fiersome deadlines to meet with two different manuscripts, as well as the full-time office job and the duties that leak into evenings. I was getting up early to work before work – that’s how bad it was. Time for sewing? Nada! Head space for blogging? Zilch!
But then I went away for a short break to Mablethorpe, a Northern seaside town our family used to visit during the halcyon days of a Seventies childhood when the summers were endless. Or seemed endless.
Away from my workaday life, I was finally able to relax. And you know what happens when a Sewist relaxes? Her eagle sewing eye comes back into play. I spotted a shop in Mablethorpe called ‘The Olde Curiosity Museum’. Well, I had to go in, didn’t I? This is what I found:
I’ve never seen anything like this before in my life. To give you a better idea of the scale of hoarding, here’s a close up of one tiny corner:
I know. Crazy.
The hairs rose on the back of my neck. Look at all this crap, I thought. There’s bound to be some sewing crap here, too. Ahem, when I say ‘crap’ I mean ‘vintage items’.
I began a slow, careful circuit of the shop. Not a member of staff in sight and no CCTV. I could have been cramming musical boxes, miner’s headlamps and marble eggs into my bag, if I had those tendencies. (Fortunately, shoplifting was beaten out of me at an early age when I once took a tube of sweets from a shop, only for Mum to hear the rattle in my pocket when we got home. I’m joking about the beating, but the look on her face… I never tried that again!)
Anyway, eventually I found the sewing corner. It wasn’t as big as I’d hoped, but there was this:
It’s an old glass display case from a Regent Street shop, full of everything a Sewist might need: metal zips, buttons, needle-threaders. It would make the PERFECT decoration for a sewing room. If I had a sewing room. But it turned out the owners of this shop weren’t as green as cabbage looking. This was for sale at £45, which I thought was a bit steep for an impulse purchase. Especially when I had no idea where I’d put it.
Instead, I turned my attention to the patterns and for £4 I ended up buying these:
A vintage bargain!
That crazy cat at the back. Fancy a closer look:
A 1972 treat
I hope I’ll use this ‘Style’n’Fit’ kit. I’m someone who often looks at simple patterns and thinks, ‘Hmmm, I’m sure I could have a go at that myself.’ The Butterick pattern was the wrong size for me, but then I thought about all my sewing friends out there in Blog Land. A giveaway! So I snapped it up. Here’s a closer look, if you’re interested:
I really like the little frills around the neckline and collars. The sizing for this pattern is:
Back waist length 15 and a quarter
This is a Teen pattern (I confess I’m not sure how that affects things) but if you think this gem might fit you or could be adapted to your body, feel free to enter the giveaway. I’ve just checked and all pattern pieces and instructions are there – plus! – two vintage (!) pins which I will leave there just for your delight and amusement. All you have to do is post a comment below, answering the following question. A question, a question… Okay, seeing as I am just back off a short break, here is it:
What is your favourite childhood holiday memory?
I’ll choose a winner on Friday 1 October. I’m happy to post this anywhere in the world.
I leave you with a final, glorious shot of the British seaside at its best. Aw. I don’t think Zippy’s feeling very motivated.