Pluto: Am I the Only One Obsessed?

Star Gazer Fabric in Half Yard or fat quarter lengths

The scientific world is buzzing lately with the pictures of Pluto coming back to earth. I love looking at them. I am so amazed at the thought that we have real pictures of this planet (ok, dwarf planet) coming back to earth. Ice mountain ranges, a moon with craters, and nitrogen (maybe water?) on this frozen planet!!! So cool. 

A patient called me into his room when the photos were first broadcast. He was as excited as I was. He went on to tell me how JFK spoke about putting men on the moon and space exploration and how lucky he was to be alive to see it. Well, I guess that’s how I feel.

 I doubt if I will be the nurse in the first Mars colony but maybe it will be someone I helped train or influence. Never know….Why not? The movie Avatar starts off in a VA hospital….yes, a very futuristic VA hospital….there will always be a need for nurses..even on Mars.

Or maybe I might get a pattern order from the colony…. Wonder what the shipping charges would be? How would they cut the fabric? Pattern weights probably wouldn’t work (low gravity) Or maybe they would…(more gravity). Lots to think about. 


Post by Eileen Patterson…..who is GoofingOff….and stargazing. 

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New Listings at GoofingOff Sewing

Simplicity 7534 Misses’ Mini Dress in size 16, Bust 38 inches from 1968….COMPLETE 

It was a very rainy morning, my day off sandwiched between work days….Lots to do but never too much that I can’t list a few patterns. The rain inspired me to make soup…2 pots (tonight and later this week), get laundry done (just have to iron my scrubs…yes, iron..with my 1950’s old fashioned iron), and pack weekend purchases. Now it’s coffee time and a chance to show off the latest listings.

Vintage Vogue 7734 Misses’ Jacket, Skirt, and Pants in size 14-18 UNCUT OK, I really like this jacket. I could wrap up in it and stay warm by the fire. Love it.
Vogue 9382 Misses’ Unlined Jackets in size 6-8-10 from 1985. UNCUT A little bit 80’s?
Simplicity 5556 Misses’ Jiffy Knits Dress in size 12, bust 34 inches from 1973 COMPLETE I love Jiffy patterns…..quick and easy, put it together and go. Yippee!

 

Butterick 5192 Misses’ Jacket and Pants with Ready-to-Wear-Sizing by Designer Connie Crawford. UNCUT
The pattern size is Xsmall to X large. The pattern appears uncut but it isn’t factory folded.

 

 

Simplicity 8350 Misses Tops, Dress, Skirts and Shorts from Pre-shirred fabric in size 12, bust 34 from 1978. Partially UNCUT 
So I made a dress out of pre-shirred fabric for my candle lighting ceremony. We got our nursing pins and recited the Florence Nightingale Pledge. I still have the dress….somewhere.  I am a disorganized sentimentalist. 

 

Simplicity 9365 Misses’ Blouses for Knit Fabrics from 1971 in size 16, Bust 38. Partially UNCUT
So I was in love with the hairdos on this pattern back in the day. I tried to get my hair to be like view 2….but that’s where my hair gets frizzy…like stick-your-finger-in-a-light-socket frizzy. 

 

 

New Look 6040 Misses Dresses, 7 views, size 8-18. UNCUT

 

Simplicity 6001 Girls’ Caftans in size 8 or 12 from 1973. COMPLETE

 

Butterick 4194, Girls’ Sew n go Flared Skirt in size 8. COMPLETE A quick flare skirt would be great for the young ballerina or gymnast. 

 

See & Sew 5541 by Butterick, Misses’ Draped Dress in size 8-10-12, bust 31-34 inches. COMPLETE 
Ok, I am obsessed by this dress. I love the drape. It gives it a very elegant look.

 

McCall’s 3715 Girls’ Jacket, Top, Pants, and Skirt in size 7. For Unbonded Stretchable knits. COMPLETE A little girl in bell bottoms….how cute!

So, that’s it for now. There’s more coming….. I have a stack….serious stack…..of stuffed animal patterns from the 80’s, all uncut. There’s a Christmas in July Pattern Sale coming real soon and all the crafty patterns….dolls, doll clothes, and animals and the like will be 40% off….Like Cabbage Patch and Berenstain Bears.  Watch for it and grab your favorites for holiday sewing.
Don’t forget to use the coupon code BLOGGIN to get the 15% discount ….exclusive to the blog.

Post by Eileen Patterson…….who is GoofingOff!

Patti Pages’ Magic Dress

Patti Page's Magic Dress Designed by Joseph Fretwell III early 1960's

Patti Page’s Magic Dress Designed by Joseph Fretwell III early 1960’s

One of the benefits of selling patterns is the things that come with them. People who sew are a little bit pack rat. They save newspaper clippings, magazine articles, swatches of fabric, and old patterns that struck their fancy. One woman called her mom a “Wanna-do.” “She wanted to do lots of things but never had the time so she kept the stuff…just in case she found the time” she said.

In one of the Wanna do’s pattern boxes I found an magazine clipping from “This Week”, a magazine that arrived on Sunday mornings with the newspaper. This clipping was about Patti Page’s Magic Dress. Patti Page was a popular singing star (How Much is That Doggy in the Window) and had her own TV show on ABC in 1960-1962. The dress was designed by Joseph Fretwell III, her designer (he went on to do costume design for the Exorcist and the French Connection). The dress was described as “Anywhere—Anytime Dress. According to Joan Rattner, Mr. Fretwell “came up with the idea of the basic dress with added parts…….you’ll welcome this interesting way to look different as well as pretty from morning to late evening with only one dress.”

The Dress that has everything.

The Dress that has everything.

Part No. 1: The dress is a “slim, flattering sheath with a scooped neck and slim belt.” One is advised to “make it in a firm fabric with contrasting textured trim.

“Part No. 2: A luxuriously full overskirt, belted over the dress and open down the front. ”

“Part No.3: A matching easy-fitting jacket finished off with a shaped band just short of the hip bone.”

“Part No.4: A filmy trapeze worn over the dress for evening. Made very full, its light chiffon folds are belted in front.”

The pattern cost $1.50 and was available through the magazine using the “coupon on page 14 …..that makes you eligible for entering a $1000 teen-age sewing contest.

Anywhere---Anytime dress

Anywhere—Anytime dress

Alas, the coupon is long gone and the dates were carefully cut from the clipping. Despite this, it is still a treasure to enjoy.

Don’t forget to use the coupon code BLOGGIN to get 15% off your purchase from GoofingOff Sewing

at Etsy. The code is exclusive to blog readers so feel special….because you are.

Love always….Here’s to sewing straight seams and irons that stay smooth.

Post by Eileen Patterson….who is GoofingOff.

Shades of Sonny & Cher

So….I found this incredible pattern from 1969….A little later than the Sonny & Cher performance but still has the same vibe….especially views A and D.

McCall's 9654 Misses' Vest Wardrobe from 1969 in size 12 COMPLETE.....I Got You Babe!

McCall’s 9654 Misses’ Vest Wardrobe from 1969 in size 12 COMPLETE…..I Got You Babe!

I’m going to have that tune in my head for the rest of the day….old hippie that I am….and I know all the words. he he he

Post by Eileen Patterson….who is GoofingOff

Today’s Listings At GoofingOff Sewing on Etsy

Trying to get patterns listed when a storm is nearby is sort of like trying to swim upstream. Kind of like salmon but without the bears trying to eat you if you stop to take a breath. I did get a few listed, though. Even some 70’s Boho, Retro lovelies.

McCalll's 3912 Misses' Muu Muu in size Medium UNCUT

McCalll’s 3912 Misses’ Muu Muu in size Medium UNCUT

Vogue 8266 Misses' Skirt and Blouse in size 12, Bust 34 inches, COMPLETE

Vogue 8266 Misses’ Skirt and Blouse in size 12, Bust 34 inches, COMPLETE

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Vogue 2883 Misses’ Separates in size 12-16, Complete

Well, that’s all for the moment. I’ll be listing, and posting more soon.

Post by Eileen….who is GoofingOff!

New Vogue Listings in GoofingOff Sewing

Finding Vogue patterns during my thrifting is like finding treasure on a treasure hunt….Yahoo! Here’s a few lovelies I recently found that are now available in the GoofingOff Etsy shop.

It’s not too late to get in on the Children’s Pattern sale going on now until 11 o’clock tonight. Use the Blog readers’  coupon code BLOGGIN to get 15% on top of the 30% price.

Post by Eileen Patterson…….who is GoofingOff