Thursday, December 3, 2009

Estate Sale finds

I stopped by an estate sale after work today, and while I didn't come home with the amazing haul that I found last month, it was still pretty decent. I got about 10 yards of heavy linen and silk/linen blend for under a buck a yard. I have no idea what I'll use it for, but you can never have too much linen! Plus I founds some vintage blue and tan small-scale plaid that is begging to be a retro shirt for the boy. I picked up few more sewing patterns from the late 50's-70's as well. I usually turn up my nose at anything post-1960, but all the fabulous projects on sewretro have me looking at this era in a completely different light lately. They might not be that useful for costuming stuff, but those simple shapes make some really cool modern garments when done up in fun fabrics, and I'm feeling the urge to do more stuff like that lately. Plus, I LUV me some A-line skirts!

I also picked up a $16 black mink fur collar (probably to recycle somehow) and a few little boy items. The children's garments are in pretty bad condition, but I'm going to see if I can make patterns from them and do repros for E. My favorite is this peacoat. Isn't it adorable?!? For those of you who know anything about vintage children's clothing, when do you think it would date from? The construction and buttons and fabrics look exactly like the Edwardian items in my collection, but those little military style boy's outfits were popular forever, so I just don't know. What do you think?  


Enken said...

Oh wow I am terribly impressed with your pattern haul! Fun sewing ahead! I used to be a 'pre-60's snob' too, but there are some really sweet 70's dress patterns around. They really did the 'pretty frock' well in the 70's. I love that 50's separates pattern though, great find!

No idea on the coat, but that does look like a german eagle on the sleeve!

Anonymous said...

Wooo, you're going to have some fun!

Coat: I might disagree with what Enken said about the eagle being German....I think it's more likely that it's Austrian or Polish. Both have flags that are red and white. On the other hand, it could just be someone's attempt at something military or nationalistic. Otherwise, looking at the fabric and buttons, I would think it would date anywhere from late Edwardian all the way up to the early 50's. Argh.
Wish I could help!

Anonymous said...

sounds like a great sale!

the insignia on the coat looks like a 2nd class petty officer rating (simplified)...the style of the coat skews older than WWII in my opinion, as the trends seemed to stear closer to a miniatire replica of the actual uniform...or the middy blouse style also sometimes used for school uniforms...

Jen Thompson said...

Thanks for the opinions, guys!

Post a Comment