Friends, my apologies for my absence for the last day or two but I've been out of town due to a serious illness in Michael's family. Happily I returned home to find my $12 vintage 1955 swimsuit pattern sitting in my mailbox.
I love to receive patterns in the mail -- it's like getting a gift from someone who knows exactly what you want, except you have to pay for it yourself.
You may be wondering why I inserted that Simplicity skirt pattern at the top of today's post. I have begun a "Worst Women's Patterns Ever" Pinterest board and where better to file a pattern for a rectangular skirt, right? Presumably those sharp corners aren't something you could actually cut yourself on, but still, that garment looks quite odd to me. Anyway, do have a look and poke fun along with me.
Now on to today's topic -- how I made $75. Well, OK, I didn't actually make $75. But remember my $12 bathing suit pattern? Well now get a load of this. I hope none of you placed that winning bid; for $87.77 plus $2.80 shipping, I would have sold you my pattern and made you the bathing suit myself. The way I see it, given that someone is paying almost $90 and I paid, with shipping, roughly $14, it's as good as earning about $75. Don't you agree?
And can someone please explain to me why these vintage bathing suit patterns are often so expensive? I mean, holy moley.
Readers, what is the most you've ever paid for a vintage pattern? What's the most you could ever imagine yourself paying? Not that it's any of my business but I'm curious. Is there something special you're saving your nickles for?
I've seen some eyebrow-raising prices on Etsy and I do wonder if anyone is actually paying them. It doesn't offend me or anything, it just seems a little wacky given the state of the economy, but some patterns are especially rare, I guess. I did once pay $23 for a Mccall's 1920's pattern I never made (yet), but rarely do I pay more than $15, and that's high for me.
Anyway, readers, it's good to be home and I do look forward to sewing again before I forget how.
I'm a native New Yorker and self-taught sewing fanatic! I've been sewing obsessively since 2009 and today make all my own clothes using mostly vintage patterns and vintage sewing machines. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!