New Listings at GoofingOff Sewing

 I have so much going on that I almost don’t know where to start. The first fundraiser for our medical mission is done and it was a success! Just the right amount of chili, cornbread, and fixings, lots of friends and family, and donations to buy medical supplies for those in need. The venison chili came out great. We had chili to go and that sold out, too. We might hold another fundraiser closer to Christmas featuring our Mission Cookies.

This week is our yard sale with proceeds going to our mission expenses. We need money for translators, food and lodging, and transportation.  It’ll give me a chance to clear some things out that I haven’t had a chance to list on Etsy. Folks have donated a few things to help out. I have a number of vintage rolling pins and teapots to set out among other things. Wish us luck.

In the meantime I have new patterns in GoofingOff Sewing…..great holiday dresses for the girls, outfits for the ladies, and a few things for the guys with just enough time to put together a few gifts.

 

Simplicity 8118 Misses’ Jumper Size 10 UNCUT

So retro and easy to wear.

McCall’s 6544 Misses’ Sundress Size 8 UNCUT

A casual look with a flattering cut that has a soft, easy flow.

1940’s DuBarry 6018 Boys’ Playsuit and Jacket in size 1. COMPLETE

So cute in a size 1 from the 1940’s. I can hardly believe it survived the years.

Simplicity 5287 Jiffy Ties….Straight and Bow Ties, 1970’s Style 

Ties in a Jiffy pattern….be still my heart. The envelope doesn’t look too good but the pattern is a treasure. The only part that was cut was the bow tie and it is still usable. Great look for a wedding party.

Simplicity 8338 Personal Fit Pattern Pants in Size 8 & 10 COMPLETE

Pants for a personal fit from the 1970’s. 

McCall’s 3281 Girls’ Jumper Dress, Top, and Pants Size 6 COMPLETE

So retro and easy to sew. Cute look for a little girl.

Simplicity 7413 Girl’s Dress and Shawl from 1976. UNCUT Size 12 & 14

This dress is a timeless look from the 1970’s.

McCall’s 3224 Girls’ Dress and Pullover Top in size 8 UNCUT

More retro looks for girls from the 1970’s. 

So, there’s a taste of the new listings in GoofingOff Sewing. New fabrics, too, like Dora the Explorer, Miami Dolphins, and Spongebob.

Miami Dolphin Fabric 60 inch wide by the half yard

 

 

 

Dora the Explorer by the half yard.

Spongebob and Patrick 44 inch by the half yard.


Lots of great stuff so stop by when you have a chance. I’ll keep listing and adding. 

There’s always something going on at GoofingOff Sewing.

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Ten Reasons to Sew: New Listings in GoofingOff Sewing

It’s been a while since me last post and I do apologize for my absence. My upcoming trip to Haiti has my head swimming. Lots of things going on like a fundraiser this week and a breast cancer 5K in 2 weeks after that. Oh, and it’s my birthday today. Happy Birthday to me! Phew!

The costume pattern sale going strong. The sale is in it’s 5th year and patterns are going fast but there is still a selection to pick from.  The shop is growing with over 1000 items now but there’s always room for more so here’s ten of the latest listings.

Simplicity 1943 Misses' Jackets Size 16-24 UNCUT

Simplicity 1943 Misses’ Jackets Size 16-24 UNCUT

Cute jackets to dress up a pair of pants or skirt for a special evening. Just right to wear on a cool night.

Simplicity 1320 Misses' Jackets with Front and Fabric Variations, Size 116-24 UNCUT

Simplicity 1320 Misses’ Jackets with Front and Fabric Variations, Size 116-24 UNCUT

This pattern has so many variations! Great for a casual look.

I love this dress! Simple and elegant. Neckline variations. Beautiful!

This is a stunning dress no matter what length you choose. Day or evening, beautiful!

Love the Asian influence jacket.

This dress is fabulous. Very flattering. Lots of variations to make this dress special. There is a link, too, to guide as you sew.

Plus size and polished! Everything’s here to look good.

Just 3 main pieces to make this set of blouses originally published in the 1960’s. Sew Retro!

I love the neckline interest.

This looks so pretty and comfy. Casual but not sloppy. LOVE IT!

Well, that’s ten reasons to sew. There’s more coming but that’s a start.

Hope you enjoyed my birthday present to you.

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Three Needle Art Kits to Satisfy the Needle Artist

I love to keep busy, not crazy busy, but busy, as in Something-to-do. I like to crochet, needlepoint, sew, whatever it takes to keep me out of trouble and make something beautiful. I have lots of ideas in my head but the process of getting the idea into reality is sometimes a long, difficult path so a kit is just right. Not quite my design but close and it’s good to have someone else pick out the yarn.

Recently I found three awesome kits for crewel and needlepoint. All three have been in someone’s stash waiting for the right person to give them life.

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Columbia-Minerva Crewel Embroidery Kit “Pansies” Designed by Erica Wilson                                                                      

Pansies have a vintage, elegant look. Good to make into a pillow or picture.

Boucle Plastic Canvas Ornament kit

Boucle Plastic Canvas Ornament kit

The ornaments are worked on plastic canvas. The colors are retro 80’s. Great for tree ornaments, gift tags, or make them into bookmarks.

The Clown would look great in a nursery or child’s room…..or good for a clown collector.

The kits are in the PatternHaus shop. There are other kits there as well and patterns for embroidery and cross stitch.

Well, that’s all for now. Putting lots of “new” patterns in the GoofingOff Sewing shop so make sure to take a look. The Costume Sewing Pattern Sale is still going on. Lots of patterns are gone but there are still a lot of great ones left.

And stop by the Miss Eileen Vintage shop for amazing vintage clothes, hand bags, and collectibles.

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It’s About Big Buttons at GoofingOff Sewing


When out thrifting I am attracted to sewing stuff, especially vintage sewing stuff. supplies. I can sniff them out better than an old coon dog on a trail….which leads me to this post. Buttons. Lots of buttons of all types, colors, and sizes. Today it is about these big, beautiful buttons.

Big buttons are more than closure devices. When buttons are big they have the ability to show off, to shout out on their own. They become a focal point of a design. They are much more than a way to close a coat.

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Tan shank buttons with copper inset, 1 1/2 inch diameter

These buttons were most likely a rescue from an old coats that had seen better days. I found them in the most adorable sewing basket at an estate sale. I will share that later. Today, it’s about the buttons.
The buttons are big, 1 1/2 inches in diameter. They are made of a plastic material, maybe Bakelite. The round brown insert is copper. The buttons have a metal shank.

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Black textured buttons

These buttons are big, thick, and textured. 1 1/2 inches in diameter. A heavy button that would stand up to the thickest wool. The hole is recessed in the back.

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Jade green buttons 1 1/4 inch diameter

These lovely jade color buttons are 1 1/4 inch diameter. A small mark on the side of one. Still, lots of vivid, beautiful color.

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Vintage Atomic Age Buttonholer and 3 Ways to Look Great

I love to sew AND get inspired by surrounding myself with beautiful things. The buttonholer case does that…and good to have for those vintage sewing machines around the house. As for the patterns…What’s not to love about 40’s style, long evening dresses, or slinky skirts with a slit to there? All I need is a Glen Miller playing “In the Mood.” So kick your shoes off and enjoy!

Vintage Singer Buttonholer with atomic age case in dusty rose. Complete set with buttonhole templates and instructions. Excellent condition. So the case looks great….great enough to use for trinkets if you don’t have the machine anymore. Can’t believe I said that.

Simplicity 2442 Misses' Evening Dress in size 14-16-18-20-22, Bust 36-44 inches. UNCUT

Simplicity 2442 Misses’ Evening Dress with Bolero

Simplicity 2442 Misses’ Evening Dress with Bolero. Dress in three lengths with neckline variations. Size 14-22, bust 36-44 inches. UNCUT Great thing about this pattern is the variations….different lengths and necklines to make something individual…..and a bolero for cooler evenings or air conditioned venues.

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Simplicity 1587 in size 14-22

Simplicity 1587 Misses’ Dress in 1940’s style, size 14-22, bust 36-44 inches. UNCUT This dress is so cute! So 40’s!

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Vogue 9959 Misses’ Skirts size 6-10

Vogue 9959 Misses’ Skirts in size 6-10, waist 23-25 inches. UNCUT. Elegant and slinky.

That’s the latest sewing round-up at GoofingOff Sewing.

The Big Costume Sewing Pattern Sale is still going on for the month of September and the patterns are going fast. The costume patterns are reduced  40% off.

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Almost September

Almost September

What is it about September? September was always a big deal for me. When I was young it was the first day of school and all that goes with that….the new clothes, school supplies, and meeting new people.

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My sisters and I. I’m the one in the middle…with the necklace. Oh, so fashionable.

September was, and still is, the anticipation of the Jewish New Year….wearing your best and getting together with family…..and hearing the shofar blown at the synagogue.

In NY September is the return of cool air and the smell of apples in the air as the first of the apple crop came in from upstate.

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 NY State produces lots of apples, like Cortlands and MacIntosh, two of my favorites and they are very good for you. Love them.

September’s still special now. The kids are back in school and the buses are on the road with their precious cargo.

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First day of school courtesy of School Bus Driver.org

It’s hurricane season in this part of the world and the hubby watches the weather faithfully (old fisherman).

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The remnants of Tropical Storm Erika….we dodged that one. Good thing because we’ve had a lot of rain….almost over the road. Picture courtesy of the Weather.com

So…Halloween is about 2 months away and the 5th Annual Costume Sewing Pattern Sale starts Tuesday. All costume sewing patterns at GoofingOff Sewing will be 40% off for the month of September. There’s over 100 to choose from with more being listed. The patterns will already be marked down.

See, September is still a special month.

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11 Great Patterns: New Listings at GoofingOff Sewing

11 Great Patterns: New Listings at GoofingOff Sewing

After several days of no internet my Wi-Fi is finally up and running. Talk about withdrawals. I kept staring at it waiting for it to work. Pathetic.  Seems a small rodent-type animal ate through my wires. Double Ugh! Nothing like no wi-fi to amp up my anxiety just before the big Costume Sewing Pattern Sale. 

Well, I managed to get a few patterns listed. Cute dresses and Costume patterns ….of course. 

If clowning around is your nature, here’s Simplicity 2525 Misses’ Clown Costume Pattern.

DSC_1117-001Simplicity 2525 Misses’ Clown Costumes in size 6-12, bust 30-34 inches UNCUT

This next pattern might be from 1997 but it doesn’t look dated. It’s by Designer Lauren Sara. Vogue 2006.

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Vogue 2006 American Designer Lauren Sara. Dress, tunic, pants, and skirt in size 8-10-12 UNCUT

How about a little 1940’s vintage look? Simplicity 1460 Misses’ button down blouse with peplum.

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Simplicity 1460 Misses’ 40’s Style Button Front Blouses with Peplum Bust 30-36 inches UNCUT

Incredible Hulk! Incredible! McCall’s 4163 in boys’ size 3-8.

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McCall’s 4163 Boys’ Incredible Hulk Costume Size 3-8 UNCUT

This is so handy. It’s good for a walker or wheelchair but can also be made for an easy chair. Good community service project, too.

DSC_1078Simplicity 2103 Bag for Walker, Wheelchair, or Lounge Chair UNCUT

Salty would wear this…..a cute little dog coat in 3 different sizes. He needs the little guy size. This pattern goes up to medium.

DSC_1076Simplicity 1271 Dog Coat Pattern in 3 sizes UNCUT

Love this dress, New Look 6094. 

DSC_1074New Look 6094 Misses’ Dress in 5 Variations, Size 8-18, bust 30-40 inches UNCUT

McCall’s 4167 in size 6 from 1977. 

DSC_1070McCall’s 4167 Girls’ Dress or Top and Pants from 1977 in size 6 UNCUT

OK, so not a pattern and it’s not in GoofingOff….but it’s a needlepoint kit and it’s in my sister shop, PatternHaus. An Old St.Nick Needlepoint ornament kit to make. And no, it’s not $13. Much less. 

DSC_1072Old St.Nick Ornament Needlepoint Kit Complete and unopened. 

Contains full color design on #14 100% cotton canvas, 100% wool tapestry yarn, needle, instruction sheet, and stitch chart.

More 1940’s fashion. It seems I’m not the only one who likes the look. 

Simplicity 1590 40's Style Misses' Blouses Size 6-14, bust 30-36 UNCUT

Simplicity 1590 40’s Style Misses’ Blouses Size 6-14, bust 30-36 UNCUT

Simplicity 1590 40’s Style Misses’ Blouses Size 6-14, bust 30-36 UNCUT

Easy-to-wear separates from New Look, 6217.

DSC_1082New Look 6217 Misses’ Separates: pullover top, cardigan, pants, and skirt Size 10-22, bust 32-44 inches UNCUT

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