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Me Made May – Days 4-7 and Car Boot Sale Finds

May 7, 2013

I’ve not done brilliantly this first week with my goal of wearing 3 handmade outfits a week throughout May. I am going to work hard to catch up next week and wear the two dresses that I’ve nearly finished as well as another one I’m about to start. I just ended up in comfy clothes relaxing with the kids over the bank holiday and didn’t go near a pretty dress!

I did make it to two car boot sales this weekend. On Sunday I popped to a small car boot sale at Epsom Hospital. I was particularly looking for vintage fabric but only managed to find this very pretty embroidered table-cloth which I am going to use to make some cushions for my bedroom.

On Monday I headed out early to go to Hook Road Arena car boot. This is always a really big one especially on a bank holiday. I ended up sitting in traffic for an hour and a half queuing to get in it was so busy! By the time I got in it was packed and there was no vintage fabric anywhere to be seen. As conciliation I did pick up two massive bags of vintage hankies. There’s well over a hundred there and they are currently soaking for a few days to get them lovely and clean. There are so many that I have a few projects planned for them. I’m going to make some hair bows and corsages, a hankie patchwork quilt and probably sell a few.

Here they are having a rinse in the sink. I’m going to soak them in a bucket for a couple of day. I’ll share some pictures of the nicer embroidered ones later this week.

Sewing wise, I didn’t really do any over the weekend, apart from the vintage fabric flowers. I got a bit bid happy on eBay and bought a few 1960s patterns which I am so excited to get started on. I’ve made a lot of 50’s style dresses and it’ll be nice to try something a bit different. They take a lot less fabric than 50s dresses so I can use some of my smaller bits of fabric.

The pictures aren’t great, but I’ll take some better ones when they arrive

  • Reply
    mancunianvintage
    May 8, 2013 at 9:18 am

    What a great car boot haul! That tablecloth is so lovely, and what a lot of hankies!!

    Can’t wait to see how you get on with the 60s patterns – I love how much quicker they are to make than 50s-style dresses!

    http://www.mancunianvintage.com

    • Reply
      vintagefrills
      May 8, 2013 at 9:26 am

      Exactly! There’ll be no stopping me! It’ll be nice to take a break from hemming circle skirts!

  • Reply
    Grace
    May 8, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    That McCalls Dress looks great! And very jealous of all hankies!

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