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Sewing Shopping

Recent Thrifty Sewing Buys

July 22, 2013

I’d just like to say a big thank you to Jessica from Chronically Vintage who interviewed me last week for her blog. You can read the interview here. Also thank you to all my new followers I value for follows, likes and comments so much! xxx


I’m always on the lookout for fabric and patterns to make my own vintage style clothes. I usually pick things up at charity shops and car boot sales. Sadly things have been a bit quiet lately on the sewing front, but that hasn’t stopped me stocking up on fabric for when I do get time. Last night was the first time I’ve sewed in ages and I finished a gorgeous dress I’ve been working on for a while. I’ll save the big reveal for later in the week as I’m going to do an outfit post.

Now the sewing bug is back I’ve reorganised my sewing cupboard and rounded up all my recent thrifty purchases, so here are a few of the things I’ve bought recently.

I bought these vintage buttons from a car boot sale for 50p

My local charity shop has a big basket of original vintage metal zips for 25p each. Every time I go in I grab a few.

All these vintage sewing patterns are from car boot sales. They cost between 50p and £1.50

I got all three of these vintage double sheets for £4 at Wimbledon Car Boot. They are all going to be dresses for me and the girls.

I got these vintage curtains at car boot sales the white and green ones were £3 and the pink ones were £. I got these from Nutfield Farm Car Boot and Hook Road Arena Car Boot.

These two vintage table cloths were 30p each. I also got a few more from the same seller. I got these at Ewell Giant Car Boot.

I got this king size duvet cover for 50p at Ewell (in need on an iron) It remind me of Sanderson fabrics.

I got this kitsch embroidered table cloth for 25p, I might leave it how it is or turn it in to a cushion for my bedroom.

This fantastic knitting book was £1.50 in my local charity shop and features instructions for various stitches and techniques. I’ll be using this loads in the winter as I really want to improve my knitting and make some winter woollies for the girls.

Lastly I picked up these two copies of Woman’s Weekly from 1960 for £1 at Wimbledon Car Boot. They have some great sewing ideas and recipes which I will definitely be using.

Has anyone else got any good thrifty bargains recently?

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    July 22, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    love the knitting book (crazy obsessed knitter here!) and the embroidered cloth. I have seen those embroidered ladies a lot lately as well. I see many fun projects in your future!

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      July 22, 2013 at 1:28 pm

      The knitting book is amazing, best one I’ve had. Can’t wait to get all my projects done! Xxx

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    July 22, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Great finds, I particularly love the embroidered tablecloth 🙂

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      July 22, 2013 at 5:46 pm

      I can never resist embroidered table cloths!

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    July 22, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    these are all such great vintage and craft finds! you’re so lucky! the resources like that near me just don’t have that kind of quality in them :/ would love to go to whatever ones you get to go to! 🙂

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    July 25, 2013 at 3:47 am

    Love the fabric and embroidered clothes 🙂

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      July 26, 2013 at 8:43 am

      Thank you! Can’t wait to put them all to good use 🙂

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    July 26, 2013 at 5:04 am

    What a great haul. I am loving the pink sheet with flowers that will look great as a dress and maybe skirts for the girls 😀

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      July 26, 2013 at 8:44 am

      Yes it would. I might make them something matching. I’ll save you a bit if you want to make something? Xxx

      • Fay
        July 26, 2013 at 10:33 am

        Ooh lovely thanks hun xxx

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    Jessica Cangiano
    July 27, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    It was my absolute pleasure, honey! Thank you again so very much for being a blog sponsor, it’s a joy to work together with you.

    These finds are sublime! I love everything – especially the buttons (vintage button cards are so, so pretty!), floral fabrics, and that adorable embroidered table cloth). Congrats on all of your wonderful new sewing and household linen finds.

    ♥ Jessica

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      July 28, 2013 at 1:30 pm

      Thank you Jessica, vintage button cards are so pretty. I can never bring myself to use the buttons though!

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    August 7, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    Oooh, this really makes me want to be able to sew and knit (properly, that is, because I do actually know how to knit, just not how to make those knittings actually into something) :3

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      August 7, 2013 at 9:13 pm

      I’m the same! I can knit scarfs and blankets and can do lots of stitches. Ice just never made anything complicated. I am going to try though!

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