I put my Vogue 1250 into timeout for a bit after trying it on. I knew going in that I might not love it – I like to emphasize my waist, not my hips. So when I tried it on I wasn’t happy – I don’t think it makes me look large, but it does have a bit of a rectangle effect:
After a little distance I feel a bit better – I think if I take in the sides above the waist by a few inches I will be happy. The reason it looks off is that it’s simply too big up there! I also plan to shorten it by an inch and hem (it isn’t hemmed above.) And then maybe wear it with a belt? But maybe I’m kidding myself… do you think I should finish it, or accept that it isn’t meant for my body shape?
On a more cheerful note, I had a great weekend of bargain hunting! On Saturday we went to an estate sale. It was in sort of a not good neighborhood, and there was no one there, just us and two other people. The ad had specifically mentioned sewing patterns, so I made sure to go! Here is what I found:
I love the sundress on the left. The other pattern? That’s a housecoat – how fancy!
A lovely dress with gathered cap sleeves, and a skirt with inseam decorative pockets.
Two nice jackets from the 1940s. The seamstress really loved her patterns – when the envelopes fell apart she carefully made new ones!
Vogue patterns. All of the patterns I got are roughly my size (34 bust, I can go either way in vintage patterns.)
Carded buttons. The green buttons have little handpainted tulips on them.
A pattern already cut out in a rayon print. I may or may not make it up, as right now it smells of mothballs. I’m airing it out, so we will see.
A complete set of Ladies Home Journal from the 1960s. I plan to resell these.
I bought all of the above for $20 – a great deal!
Then on Sunday, Marc was browsing random Craigslist ads and found a Fluidity Bar for $25, including the dvds!
It’s basically a portable ballet barre – great for the ballet workouts I’ve been loving! It’s very sturdy, and much nicer to use than a chair. I saw the infomercial for this, but it was quite expensive, especially after shipping. I figured that eventually one would turn up on Craigslist! I plan to store it against the wall behind the sofa table, which isn’t pretty exactly, but it is easier than trying to lug the entire 55 pound thing from under the bed a few times a week!
So, it was a great shopping weekend, abut a less great sewing one. I’m looking forward to starting my fall sewing soon, if not necessarily to the cold weather!