Junking Jackpot

I don’t get to poke around garage sales and antique stores as often as I like.  So when I can find the time, I try to make the most of it.  Last month, I found myself in a pinch.  One of my fav annual rummage sales was scheduled for Fri. & Sat., and of course we already had plans for the weekend, so Friday was the day.  The problem was that I had to take both of my kiddos, ages 3 and 1.  Yeah, not ideal…at all.

But I had a plan.  It included one stroller (which I ditched half way through), a lot of snacks (which I ran out of) and we started in the kid section (new toys first!).  Even with this plan, I found that I was the crazy lady with the kids, spouting lots of apologies as I awkwardly trudged through the crowd.  But, I was determined and nothing was going to get in the way of me finding some killer deals.  We made it through in record time and I scored some of my best deals yet!

I don’t even know where to start.  I was giddy with excitement when I found these vintage patterns.  10 cents each!  Are you kidding me?  Yes, I will take them all, are there any more???  And the vintage linens, I only wish I had more time to go through them.  The printed sheet has already been turned into The Twirl Dress and that vintage pillowcase was destined to be a simple pillowcase dress.  I love the antler candleholders which will be having a date with gold spray paint very soon.  And that darling frame with the engraved tin matte will be getting an update too.  All in all I am very happy with my loot.  I even found my daughter “reading” the words in her new Charlie Brown dictionaries, be still my heart.

Now If I can get my butt in gear, maybe I can sew up one of these cuties for Vintage May over at Craftiness is Not Optional.  Hmm, I think I want to start with that cute shorts jumper in the top left.


Vintage Sheet to Pretty Twirling Dress

Admittedly, I am a newbie sewist and I am learning along the way.  I am absolutely one of those people who sees something and says, “I could totally do that”.  Never mind that I’ve never sewn, knitted (insert any craft here).  I can figure it out.  Usually this involves lots of trial and error, a trip or two to JoAnn’s, constant approval seeking critiques from my husband and an end result that looks kinda sorta the way I was hoping.

But not this time.  This time I feel like I got it right, and I’m pretty excited about it.  Of course there are still some techniques to improve on, but we’ll get to that later.

The Twirl Dress

I think this dress was meant to be.  Within a week I found this beautiful dress that inspired me AND I happened upon an amazing fabric score.  I picked up a super cool printed sheet at a rummage sale…for $ .50!  I know, amazing.  I have always been so envious of the fabric deals other people find and now I have one of my own!  But, most importantly I found the time to sit down and make the dress.

Inspiration Dress:  www.joules.com


I didn’t follow a pattern, I traced the outline of an existing dress and added seam allowances.  I had trouble figuring out how to sew in the lining and how to use elastic at the waist to make it easier to get in and out of.  But, I think next time I will add a zipper to the side seam, I just couldn’t make the elastic work the way I wanted.  I will also add bias tape to the arms and neck opening to give it a more finished look.

But for now, I’m very happy with the dress.  My daughter loves it and it has excellent twirl capabilities!