Saturday, August 3, 2013

Opp Shopping on a cloud

I often forget to post photos of my opp shopping and by the time I remember, the time has passed and its pointless, but I remembered today, so would you like to see my goodies?

After going to the dentist for a filling (boo!) I decided I deserved a present. Shopping while coming off anesthetic can be funny. I kept touching my numb face like some kind of weirdo, and finding silly little things that I would stare at for a bit before realising that its just crap and I would never buy that on a normal day. 

What I did manage to find with my head in the clouds were these...

In my garden I have a few plants already budding waiting for spring, but they never get very big so this little bud vase will fit them nicely. Lucy's recent post on her dresser table featured little glass bowls as jewellery/ make up storage and I spotted this little bowl which I think will handy for my rings and such

The single (sigh) dinner plate is important to me. As a minor ceramics fan I saw the name on this and knew straight away that I should buy it. The design is by Kathie Winkle who did work for Broadstone ceramics in the 60s and 70s. I also have a ceramic jar by from Kathie Winkle which currently stores my marigold seeds.
You can read more about Broadhurst here

I don't often have much luck with patterns at opp shops - they're usually 80s to 90s patterns which are never all that attractive. These 3 lovely ladies were waiting for me patiently today. 
Misses dress Style 1118 (1975), Jumper and shirt Simplicity 3157 (no year, I'd say early 60's) and Skirt Style 2405 (1978)
Style 1118 is particularly handy as I have been looking for a slim fit bodice dress like this for awhile 

A few fabric bits. A lovely paisley pillow case, light blue chiffon, lace and a navy silk sash

The below piece is a huge table cloth that I am considering turning into a dress. The fabric has a big design in the middle, which spreads out over the table cloth. I kinda hate it when people chop up vintage sheet sets to make clothing and leave the pillow cases as orphans (like the one above) so I'm a little unsure if I should chop up the table cloth - but I don't imagine using it for anything else and it doesn't come with matching place mats or anything.  
Do you often have silly dilemmas like this as a sewer? 

Pretty ok hoard for today. I didn't want to hang around digging for too long as I had to go pick up my repaired sewing machine.

I hope your weekend is going well so far! And remember - shop carefully while coming off anesthetic!

Cat xo 


  1. You got some great finds, I especially like the vintage china. I have so much china that is just waiting to be used when I eventually move out! x

    1. Thanks! I have too much really. When my boyfriend didn't live with me, id buy whatever i like, but now he sees it all and thinks im a hoarder. but im not! haha

  2. Oh I love seeing the vintage goodies that other people find. You found some great things! Thank you for the mention too! I have a similar view on chopping up vintage sheets and such and turning them into items of clothing. I myself would usually prefer to keep things as they originally are. But I think that if you feel that you aren't often going to use the tablecloth as it is, transform it into something that you will use often, and wear too! xx

    1. i think because its so ho-hum by itself, it might be ok. Ill try using it as a table cloth once or twice before i make a decision.
      as a fellow "save the vintage sheets" lover, i trust your opinion! xo

  3. Love your finds - they're all so great! I'm right there with you on using pretty old dishes on the dressing table... it's aesthetically appealing and a perfect way to use pretty old things in a different way! And love those old patterns, I can't wait to see what you make! The dresses in 1118 look so lovely. Xx

    1. Thanks! I like when i find old candy dishes, and fill them with jewelry - a different kind of Candy! :)
      I cant find many other makes of 1118 on the web, so hopefully its a nice one.

  4. I have the same problem with household linens. I have several pretty tablecloths that make me twitch with "sewing anxiety" on a frequent basis-- gah! So much potential! Same with a set of bedsheets that I have. I'm restraining at the moment... but they could very well end up as garments in the future :)

    Great finds! The 1118 pattern is especially cute!

    1. I've used a few table cloths before, but only because of a stain in a random spot, which meant it was more practical as a skirt than a table cloth.
      Sheets I could never cut up - unless it had like a hole or a tear on the sides. It all depends!
      I hope to see yours soon if you do decide to make dresses!


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