Honeymoon Op Shopping Part Two

So, last night I decided that there were some patterns that I should have picked up yesterday. So… we trekked back today and got ’em. With interest!

I mostly wanted to go back for a lingerie pattern set and a long pinafore dress pattern. But got sooo much more! Even though I had looked through the patterns only yesterday, I found many more. They were only 50c each at this particular shop so I went mad! πŸ™‚

These are the two I went back for:

I really want to make the pinafore dress for winter. I’m thinking of maybe not sewing up the front but adding a zip so I can use it as more of an overcoat (dress?).

These were the ‘interest’ at the same store:

More lingerie (I really wanna try it!) and some 70’s outfits. Not sure I’ll wear the one on the right but it’s nice to have for novelty value. The lady at the shop said she used to own the lingerie pattern and that it’s super easy to make so that’s encouraging.

I also got a couple of bits of fabric, one at the hubby’s urging. Can you guess which one? πŸ˜‰

I originally saw the white with blue flowers yesterday but didn’t get it as the fabric is quite an unusual type. It’s almost like a tablecloth with an open, loose weave. I don’t think I could make any clothes from it, but I could make bags or cushion cases out of it. S wanted me to grab the bright flowery one. He said I could make bags out of it. I guess he’s right. It’s some sort of a knit with a very fine fleecy back.

The other store we went to today was also one that we visited yesterday. πŸ™‚ I saw a pattern I wanted to go back for. Earlier in the day is said to S that I wanted a cape for winter and guess what? Found a pattern. πŸ˜‰

I really like the version C of the capes. It’s the top live-model picture with the buttons. πŸ™‚ The other pattern I would need to grade up as its only a size 10 so not sure if I’ll use it but again, it’s nice to have. πŸ™‚

I also got some fabric at this shop:

The apricot coloured one is a thicker, bed sheet type cotton. The other is quite soft, perhaps a voile? Will make a lovely blouse. πŸ™‚

Oh, and I also picked up an awesome cushion. It’ll go nicely with our green couch! πŸ™‚



Honeymoon Op Shopping Part One

Today we decided to go for a drive around. We checked out a few op shops from Mt. Barker to Lobethal and mostly came up with nothing. Although, I think I may have blown all my luck on the first shop in Mt. Barker.

I looked through multiple boxes of sewing patterns and found an abundance of 80’s patterns, but not really the ‘good’ 80’s. πŸ˜‰ I found a couple of 70’s patterns but nothing I would wear. Plus I’d have to grade the patterns up so not worth my effort for something I wouldn’t wear.

I did end up with a couple bits of fabric (both decent sized at 2.5m long) and a vintage Oroton handbag. Happy with that. Might make the new Colette Patterns Laurel dress with solid white flower fabric. πŸ™‚


Op-Shopping Haul! :)

So not such a bust as usual when I go op-shopping! πŸ™‚

We went to five shops in total (our area has quite a few) and I mostly looked in manchester and craft areas to see what I could find.

Started at a Red Cross shop and found some little remnants of knit fabrics.


There’s about 1.5 metres of the pink but only about a metre of the grey marle. I could probably get a decent long sleeved t-shirt out of the pink and maybe a singlet out of the grey. I’ve signed up to and started the Craftsy ‘Sewing with Knits’ class so I thought I could use these for the class. I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into this class as I’ve only ever heard that knits are hard to work with but the instructor, Meg McElwee insists they are just as easy to work with as standard woven fabrics and she teaches you how to work with them using your standard sewing machine and no special equipment. Hoping to whip up some nice long sleeved t-shirts for winter. πŸ™‚

The next shop was a total waste and the one we drove furthest for! So we went to their counterpart Salvos store closer to home and I found a bed sheet set that I envisioned could be a darling dress for next summer. There’s two flat sheets and one pillowcase so lots to play with.


Perhaps a Colette Patterns Sorbetto also? What do you think? (Remind me to post my Sorbetto I finished this week. It’s in the same darling fabric as my Meringue skirt). I also managed to find some bias tape in red and olive at this store. Handy stuff to have in the stash. πŸ™‚ (Picture to follow)

The final two shops weren’t so good for fabric but I picked up a couple of patterns and some elastic. I’m interested in giving some gathered balloon sleeves a go on a blouse so thought the elastic could come in handy.

IMG_0163A lot of the patterns in all the shops we went to were VERY 80’s. I’m really keen to find some 70’s patterns as I love the clothes from that era. I have one on the way that I purchased off Etsy after seeing it on Tilly and the Buttons blog. I love Tilly, don’t you? Anyway, I digress! I picked up a pattern from Project Runway (no idea which season, only seen a couple of eps) and this amazing 70’s Simplicity 7049 pattern! After finding mostly 80’s stuff I was soooo chuffed to see this little beauty! It’s a dress, a top and and a pair of pants. I haven’t had the pattern open properly yet so I hope it’s all still there! It’s a size 14 so I’ll need to grade it up but I won’t need to go too far.

Finally, I popped back to the original store as I saw some fabric that would make an awesome Picnic Blanket SkirtΒ also from Tilly and the Buttons (seriously, check out her blog!). It’s a length of 4 metres and I paid the princely sum of $6! Yay!


Now Β to make something of all this!!! πŸ™‚