So my Husband and I probably aren't your regular holiday makers. When we go somewhere new, we love checking out the local op-shops and antique shops. So when we went away to the Mantra Ettalong Beach, we did a bit of research before hand using opshop.org to locate all the closest op shops, and attempted to plan the best route between them.
I have to admit, I went a little nuts. I bought a pretty good haul of fabric and patterns. As well as a gorgeous pair of shoes and a couple of books. All of the sewing stuff ranged in price from 50c to $5, so I think I did pretty well.
The cotton fabric in the middle of the above photo, with the criss cross background and pale pink roses is actually a design for Sheridan (sheets) as the lady working in the shop informed me. Turns out, she used to work for Sheridan. I had a better look at the fabric later, and while it is not a sheet, it is made to make a sheet from, as the selvedge to selvedge width of the fabric is huge, as to make queen/king sized bedding from.
The Teddy Bear Fabric is actually curtains that have a small rip in them. I thought they would be great Fabric to make children's clothes and items from.
While most of these patterns aren't particularly exciting, and I don't think any are older than 1979, I grabbed most of them because they were either a great basic item and/or the pattern as for Plus sizes. Here are a few of the more interesting:
1 of 3 lingerie patterns I purchased. I would love to get into more underwear sewing, to have a completely me-made wardrobe. I thought these "Glamour Panties" were especially cute.
I already have a very similar pattern to the one above, however, this one is in bigger sizes, meaning I wont have to grade up to use it for myself, and for 60c, I can afford to be lazy
Yes the shirt and pants on this pattern are pretty gross, but I thought the crop top was cute.
I tried to resist the urge to buy shoes, I really did. I almost put these back on the shelf as I normally wouldn't pay $10 for second hand shoes. But then I tried them on and glimpsed in a mirror. After that there was no way I wasnt going to get them! They fit perefectly, and had a reasonably low heel so they could be worn all day, the soles showed hardly any wear, plus they work for both 40's style outfits, as well as 50's. Also, they are RED!!!
|All the Fabrics!|
|Pinks, Florals and Polka dots, plus some cute Buttons|
|Roll of Elastic, some black vinyl, slinky purple, knit and woven whites|
|Teddy Bears and a lovely soft Red Fabric, plus a roll|
of what I think is Hair Canvas or Buckram to add
structure to skirt hems, jacket fronts and hats
|Glamour Panties? Yes Please|
|Stylish 80's men|
|Plus size pattern!|
|The Tie front crop top looks interesting|
|Basic style button down, in PLUS SIZES|
|SHINY NEW SHOES!!|
|Perfect 40's/50's style|
The husband found himself a few good buys as well, including star wars books, nintendo 64 games and a Santana record.
All in all, we had a great weekend away exploring a part of the central coast area of NSW, and we came away with some great Bargains. I'm looking forward to using some of the fabric and patterns, and getting to wear my new shoes!