Things to Drool Over

Simplicity PrevueFirst things first! The rest of this month, we’ve put all our sewing goodies 20% off. That includes our entire selection of vintage Vogue, McCall’s, Butterick, Advance, and Simplicity patterns. Even our collectible needle packets, loose thread, trims, books, and buttons are on sale, so if you’re wanting to make a vintage outfit, custom-fitted to your own measurements, this is a great time to dive in! We can recommend some great starter patterns if you’re new to sewing, or find some more challenging projects for the advanced seamstresses. We have patterns from the 1930s through the 1970s, so there should be something for everyone–men, women, children, dolls….

We’re doing away with the $5.00 bargain bin outside. It just gets all dusty from the traffic. So instead, we’ve brought back the Half-Off Rack, which can be found at the back of the clothing side of the store, right before you wander into that scary employees-only area. As we know, occasionally it happens that customers put things back in the wrong spot, so make sure you look for the blue line through (or near) the price, not just what’s on the rack.

I found two new wonderful websites this week. Well, one was a rediscovery, actually, I had just forgotten how cool they are. The other truly was new.

American Duchess makes high-quality reproduction footwear. They do stuff from the 1700s up to about the 1930s. They’re always gorgeous, and they usually do limited editions, which is to say that if you want something, buy it while you can before they move on to something new! They’re also doing a giveaway right now if you like and/or share their FB page. In addition to shoes, they also do shoe clips and stockings, leather prep and paints.

My second find was the Temps D’Elegance Blog, at  This site has some of the most beautiful vintage clothing you will ever see. The down side  is that a lot of it is in French. Some of it gets translated into English, but for the rest you’ll need Google Translator. It seems to be a mishmash of movie reviews, costuming, sewing, and design. Regardless, it has so much eye candy you’ll be drooling all over your keyboard. A picture is, indeed, worth a thousand words, especially when those words are in a foreign language.

So that’s all for now! Enjoy poking around on American Duchess and Temps D’Elegance. Let me know how you like them–or anything else on our site—we love getting feedback!

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