What am I going to do with all of these patterns?
Mom was a part-time seamstress for at least 75 of her 84 years. Considering that she added on to her house and almost doubled the square footage in order to accommodate her sewing stuff, you can imagine how much fabric and number of patterns she left behind. This was the beginning.........
And if you're going to sew, you'll need a sewing machine which is why I like to offer accessories and attachments to make YOUR vintage or new machines even more useful and fun than before!
While Mom cornered the sewing in the household, I covered the knitting and crocheting, so you'll find patterns and supplies for these as well.
By nature, I'm holistic -- I see Big Pictures, e.g. if you're going to sew a fabulous, 1950s suit, you simply *must* have the proper hat, gloves, handbag, hankie, etc. to go with it, so I try to stock a few stellar items whenever possible in order to complete your ensemble properly.
Although I have a penchant for the 1920s, as far as fashion is concerned, I'm a Mid Century Girl if there ever was one starting with Dior's New Look in 1947. So it's no surprise that the majority of my patterns are 1950s and 1960s. On the other hand, I've done theater work all my life, and I realize how difficult it can be to find reasonably priced reenactment or costume patterns, so I try to include these as much as possible, too. If you can't find what you're looking for, ASK ME ! It will take a few days to sift through the boxes, but I will respond!
I'm also a professional musician -- teaching, singing, and playing viola and violin with various regional symphonies. It's always a very tough decision on a peaceful afternoon ..... practice Bach partitas or crochet a new hat. So much wool, so many patterns, so much music.....how can anyone be bored?!
Penelope (in her usual position)
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15 years old (but doesn't look a DAY over 5!), was a stray, married to Ulysses (OBVIOUSLY!!) Able to leap into upper cabinets in a single bound. Explorer of all ductwork. Essential to optimal operating of all things. 1KPM = 1K purrs/minute
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16 years old, former stray, husband of Penelope. U guards us from the back of the loveseat in the sitting room from whence he keeps watch for Trojans and Penelope's many suitors.
Owner, Goddess Of Everything
Wearer of All Hats -- red and otherwise!
I do my best to describe items accurately, including any imperfections. Since I specialize in vintage items, yellowing of paper, for example, is to be expected. Nonetheless, I'll try to always mention such things. I want accuracy, you want accuracy -- let's work together. Mine is a smoke-free home with 1 husband and 2 cats, but with vintage items, I cannot control for their past lives.
Please understand that vintage jewelry is precisely that: it has lived, it has a history, and although I describe the pieces I sell as accurately and fairly as possible, and send them out to you in the listed condition, I cannot be responsible for issues that occur *after* you receive the item. Metal fatigues, glues fail, and just like human body parts, often when you least expect it and without warning.
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* Yes, I'll combine shipping. "With a second item" pricing is built into my listings, but you can always convo me first for a shipping quote.
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* Paper items are sent in waterproof packages: a vintage pattern sitting in a mailbox in the rain isn't a happy pattern.
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* LOST ITEMS: please keep tabs of the tracking number emailed to you when I ship your item(s). Items cannot be claimed as "lost in the mail" until: 21 days (for U.S.), 45 days everywhere else EXCEPT ITALY which is 60 days, and alas, as of August 2013, Brazil is 120 days. Oh my! Please note that you will need to sign an affidavit in order to file an insurance claim, and although the insurer works quickly, refunds are not instantaneous. Patience and calmness are virtues to be cultivated.
* INCORRECT ADDRESSES: if you provide an incorrect address, and the item never arrives, I cannot be held liable since there is no error on my part -- nor can insurance kick in. SO, please be sure that your address is correct at the time of the order !!! If paying with PayPal, please be sure that the address you provide Etsy matches that found on PayPal -- otherwise, there will be a delay in shipping as I will have to contact you for clarification.
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