February 27, 2009


a few weeks ago, I missed my Wednesday night knitting group. It was rather sad, one of the woman who works at Great Yarns ("C") and doesn't normally work Wednesdays was working that night and I didn't get a chance to see and visit with her. However, C brought gifts for me. C's mom sewed. She is currently cleaning up her stuff and paring down. So, when C ended up with a bunch of patterns, C thought of me! C passed along to Miss D - a handful of vintage patterns - mostly aprons, but there were a few slips tossed into the mix.
I think this is my favorite patterns. The envelops says "Compliments of Penney's." Seriously. Did Penney's either used to have a fabric department or did they give patterns away?
These two are very similar, artist style smocks. The one on the right has a hotpad pattern that matches the applique on the pockets - probably fits right in too!
I didn't spend a lot of time looking for dates or looking at the pattern tissue yet. But this was a really neat gift - even if I never use any of the patterns to make anything. I did just about cry however, when I saw C a few weeks later and she mentioned that her mom had tons of vintage patterns. Dresses, skirts, you name it - and she donated them to the big blue truck that comes around. She did say she would give a look through her garage and bring me any that didn't get tossed into a big black garbage bag for donating.


  1. That makes me want to cry, too. I just love patterns.

    Penny's used to have a fabric department and so did Sears. Where I lived in Syracuse, NY most of the big department stores carried fabric. Those were good times.

    I have an enormous stash of fabric. Rob used to tell me not to buy any until I'd used up what I had. He doesn't say that anymore.He's as bad as I am with his stashes, tools, knives, paint and canvas.

  2. Hi G - are you getting your emails lately? I sent you one. I have some patterns I'm getting rid of - 72 to be exact. Some I'll want to sell for a pittance, others are free. You want to go through them? I also have fabric....same goes there - some to sell, some for free.

    I also have your NSG notebook I'm sure you want back... soon??

  3. Those are some pretty awesome patterns! Which leads us right into the Apron Swap I was going to tell you about! http://flirtyapronswap.blogspot.com/

  4. Vintage anything is fun to look at, isn't it?

  5. I can remember that as recently as the late 70's Penneys had a fabric department (as did all the department stores).

  6. Oh, you are so lucky! The compliments of Penney's pattern is so cute!

  7. Gaylen, did you get my response back to your email? Seems perhaps my email is being blocked or going to your junk filter if you aren't getting it...


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