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Anna Depew
Seamstress, Pattern Maker, Blogger, Frankophile and Gourmand Extraordinaire.
Seamstress, Pattern Maker, Blogger, Frankophile and Gourmand Extraordinaire.
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Sew Expensive... Vogue Couturier 232
My dears, this lovely pattern was expensive, naturally. Just a few days ago, Vogue 232 sold for a shocking $360. As we've discussed before, there are a lot of reasons that a pattern can go this high or higher, and the value of this one was a combination of ...

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Sew Expensive... A Sewing Machine Memorabilia Sign
As many of you know, my usual Sew Expensive posts nearly always feature sewing patterns but today, I just couldn't resist sharing a sign with you! Thats right, a simple sign, but an oh-so-darn-lovely one... Recently on eBay, an enamel advertising sign for W...

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Some McCall Catalog Love from 1930...
My dears, I have another catalog from my collection to share with you today. This time it is the April, 1930 McCall Counter Catalog and boy, is it a beauty! These little gems are scarce as hen's teeth these days and finding one that hasn't been partially cu...

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How to Properly Mend Sewing Patterns
Pattern repair and preservation are topics that don't come up very often unless you're a die-hard pattern collector, or an experienced sewing pattern seller. Many people might reasonably assume that a sewing pattern or envelope with tears is worth less than...

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How to count and inventory sewing pattern pieces.
Once a vintage sewing pattern has made its way to your hands, it's a very good habit to inventory the pattern pieces straight away. Make sure that the pattern has all of its pieces and instruction sheets before putting it away. That way, you can leave accur...

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Helpful Hints for Vintage Pattern Sellers
First let me start by thanking you all for your lovely comments on my last post. They meant the world to me and from now on I'll try and incorporate a bit more of myself into my posts. This post isn't exactly personal, but I've been wanting to post about it...

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How to Properly Mend Sewing Patterns
Pattern repair and preservation are topics that don't come up very often unless you're a die-hard pattern collector, or an experienced sewing pattern seller. Many people might reasonably assume that a sewing pattern or envelope with tears is worth less than...

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A few Goodies from 1940...
Hello my dears, The other day I was flipping through a tall, dusty stack of McCall Needlework magazines and I was reminded just how amazing they are. McCall Needlework, at least in the 40's was usually published quarterly. It was a bit like modern sewing ma...

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Found in a Bag, a Second 1920's Dress!
In a recent post I mentioned that I had a few boxes about, filled with bits, scraps, and bags of things from my late mother's house. This next dress in a bag came from this stash of goodies as well. The dress has recently found a home with a collector who i...

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Some Catalog Love from McCall 1929...
Hello my dears, Today's post is simply some eye candy from a McCall's Catalog from 1929 . I've been catalog obsessed this last year. I started with one, fell in love and before I knew what had happened, I had just under a dozen. Lord help me, but they are b...
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