Where the Magic Happens

“So, this is where the magic happens” my friend said when she came to my house….only I don’t feel like a magician. My name is Eileen and I color outside of the lines, or want to more than I do. I live and work very conservatively that I feel like I blend into the woodwork. Disappear until no one knows I am here. The ultimate legal beagle that never breaks the rules because I did long ago and didn’t like the consequences.

Why I blog

Recently I was asked why I blog. I blog to be heard. To announce “Here I am” to people around the world because I feel foolish speaking above a whisper to those I meet or know especially if the group is larger than two.

I blog to connect with people who love to sew, who love to create, who love to read, who love vintage, people like me, and maybe they might find something I found that they love.

Goofing Off Sewing Supplies

I opened a shop on Etsy, GoofingOff Sewing, after finding a bag of vintage, 1960’s sewing patterns at a yard sale. I looked over each pattern, amazed at the condition, surprised they were complete, and ready to become fabulous clothing. I thought about the first time I sewed, how magical it seemed as the fabric took shape and became a dress, and how I wanted to wear it forever. I knew then I wanted to share that magical feeling with others and could do so by supplying the materials.  The world of sewing pattern sellers is crowded, though, so I blog to set myself apart, to show off my items, to give ideas to customers so they can feel the magic, too.

Coat made by a customer using 1960's Simplicity 4738

Coat made by a customer using 1960’s Simplicity 4738. The pattern was from that first bag I found at the yard sale. I am so proud she sent me a picture of the coat. It is marvelous.

My Goal

I have been blogging for a few years but still have yet to develop a following. I am awed by writers who have huge followings and dozens of comments. I feel honored just to have people read what I have written, honored they took the time, their precious time, to read my thoughts or ideas. My goal is to build my audience by producing relevant posts that crafty folks, sewers and needle artists, can use to bring their ideas to life.


New Listings in GoofingOff Sewing: Be Still My Rockabilly Heart!

It’s mid summer and incredibly hot in this part of the world. Summer in north Florida is like this: hot in the morning, rain in the afternoon, hot in the evening. Sometimes we are lucky to get a breeze..and when we do I love to stand in it and savor it. The next best thing is a fan on the front porch blowing while I sit in the front porch swing.  There are times I want to stay outside sans A/C, especially if I am working in the yard. Today darling hubby put up a fan above the swing (had one that died 2 years ago…fan, not the hubby) after I bought a new one. Hooray! Maybe I will sit in the swing and let the fan blow on me (a little, not gale force) during our afternoon shower.

Meanwhile, back at GoofingOff Sewing, there’s some new patterns just listed. Some, like the Rockabilly Summer Tops, are perfect for summer…as in now…others good for fall or holiday sewing. Either way, each one has its own charm.

Be Still my Rockabilly Heart! Simplicity 2118  Misses’ Blouses and Bras from 1957 in size 18, Bust 38. COMPLETE

McCall’s 2542 Misses’ Pullover Dress from 1986 in size 10. COMPLETE

Simplicity 5979 from 1965. Misses’ Weskit, Pants, Skirt, and Blouse in size 12, bust 32 inches. COMPLETE
What is a weskit? It looks like it is part vest, part blouse; this one is lined and double breasted.
McCall’s 6996 Men’s Shirts in 38-40. COMPLETE
New Look 6251 Misses’ Two Piece Dress. European sizing. COMPLETE 
Size 8-18 or 36-46 (Euro) Six Sizes in one Pattern!

McCall’s 6597 Misses’ Playsuit sized for stretch knits. COMPLETE
Simplicity 9738 Script Alphabet Embroidery Transfers
Simplicity 6411 Hip Huggers, Bra-Top, and Shirt in size 18, Bust 40 inches. COMPLETE
Simplicity 4762 Men and Boys Vests and Ties UNCUT Imagine matching vests and ties at a wedding, a holiday gathering, or photo shoot. Too cute!
Simplicity 8161 Misses’ Shirt-Jacket, Pants, Skirt from 1979 in size 10 COMPLETE
McCall’s 3857 Misses’ Jacket, Top, Skirt, & Pants Size 12 or 14. COMPLETE

Use the coupon code BLOGGIN to get 15% off your purchase at GoofingOff Sewing

Savor the summer and Happy Sewing!

Post by Eileen ……who is GoofingOff.

Mid-Week Rummage: Accent on Daintiness


Happy Wednesday.

My good friend, Nan, finished counting and checking about 100 patterns….which means I HAVE LOTS OF WORK TO DO! However, a gal has to take a coffee break sometime, so I did, and while I sipping my dose of caffeine (medicinal purpose…clears the cobwebs from the brain) I traveled back to 1939 through the pages of Ladies’ Home Journal.

I love to look at old magazines and newspapers. I heard someone say photography is like time travel…..well, I guess that is what I do. Today I traveled back to December, 1939, when Europe was at war but the U.S. wasn’t….yet.  English mothers were worried about their children surviving bombing raids, dresses were still long, and the photo gallery for 1940 shows legends like President and Mrs. Roosevelt. Among the pages was this advertisement for Hollywood Patterns by Charlotte Johnson.

Hollywood Patterns, Accent on Daintiness, 1939

“Accent on Daintiness” show several patterns for nightgowns, negligees, slips (fitted bodice and brassiere!), and robes. I love the hair styles and the Fred and Ginger fashions. Be still my heart! Maybe I can find some music, like Glen Miller or Benny Goodman to play so I can stay a little longer.

Coffee break is over. Back to 2015. Got to quit goofing off. Wait…I am GoofingOff! lol

Post by Eileen …..who is GoofingOff

Get a 15% discount with the coupon code BLOGGIN… good to blog readers. 

New Listings at GoofingOff Sewing

All craft patterns at GoofingOff Sewing are 40% off this weekend. Good time to get the patterns needed for holiday sewing at a deep discount. Here’s a few new listings:


McCall’s 7227 Clothes for 18 Inch Doll UNCUT


Butterick 4332 Misses’ Hats UNCUT


Simplicity 7744 Stuffed Animals and Hobby Horse from 1976. UNCUT
Simplicity 6056 Baby Doll Carrier, bassinet insert, and bunting. UNCUT

McCall’s 4747 Summer Outfits for girls COMPLETE So cute, a button top or a halter. Lots of choices with this outfit.
Butterick 5375 Misses’ Tunic, Dress, and Pants UNCUT This looks so beautiful and comfortable.
Simplicity 5866 Misses’ Jacket, Skirt, and Bell Bottoms COMPLETE Love the Bells!
Simplicity 9210 Misses’ Swim Suits UNCUT What a great suit!
Simplicity 7634 Women’s Dress, Tunic, and Leggings (Plus Size) UNCUT Be gorgeous at any size.
Simplicity 8193 Misses’ Western Skirts COMPLETE Beautiful skirt for the dance floor.
McCall’s 2007 Cheerleader costumes UNCUT Available in size 14.



Simplicity 9008 Gunne Sax Design Dress from 1979. COMPLETE Early Gunne Sax. Beautiful sundress.

Lots more in the shop to choose from…and all the crafting patterns are 40% off.

Happy Stitching!

Post by Eileen Patterson….who is GoofingOff