This is how you get in trouble

Never, ever, for the love of all that's holy, really, THIS MEANS YOU, say "oh, I'll just browse on eBay for a few minutes while I wait for those files to copy over." Seriously. That's how you get into this kind of trouble:

Simplicity 1523

and this kind:

Simplicity 1990

At least they were both from the same seller, Vintage Peacock, so I saved a whopping $2.00 on shipping.

I swear, I can trawl eBay for hours looking for something specific, and turn up bupkis, but let me idly wander over for ten minutes while I should be doing something else, and things like this fall in my lap. The universe is nothing if not perverse.

So: let me be a warning to you all. A grim, terrible, foreboding warning. Or, you know, an inspiration. You choose. 🙂

0 thoughts on “This is how you get in trouble

  1. That is EXACTLY the reason that I have stopped looking on ebay adn other such lists unless I have money in the bank to spend….I have no self control, and tend to find LOTS of things that I NEED when I am browsing and don’t have any budget left!

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  2. Dress No. 1 on 1990 is really great..especially for those of us with small waists, large hips. That said, the bodice looks so fitted I’d be afraid to even to eat a Golden Delicious apple wearing it. I might bust a side zipper or a seam. Then I’d have to pretend I was a haughty Model all evening long with my hand fixed to the offending spot until I got home.

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  3. I saw a Doris Day movie where she went swanning off to a cocktail party in a coat whose lining matched her dress. The vision has been with me, off and on, ever since. Last night I was trolling the vintage patttern sites and kept seeing D. Dayesque ensembles. And now this. I believe The Universe is telling me something.

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  4. Ooooooh. #2 of the second pattern would look swell with a multi-colored polka dotty fabric, something in browns, greens, oranges and other Neopolitan-y colors. A chocolate brown bodice? What a fun pattern.

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  5. My comment isn’t specifically related to this particular post, but I have two things to say:1. Your TED talk was absolutely darling and inspiring and funny. You’re a great public speaker. 2. Now that a cold snap has *finally* reached the Midwest, I am anxious to see an exploration of long-sleeved dress options. Or a discussion of some sort about long sleeves. All summer I have been pretending it would never again grow cold (or that I might magically move to another climate), and I have been sewing short-sleeved and sleeveless dresses like mad. I know, however, that reality will soon set in, and, alas, cold weather will arrive in about a month. And I’m not prepared! I have piles of wintry fabrics and am drawing a complete blank as to what to make with them. As yours is a rather respectable opinion on these types of subjects, I would be ever so happy if you would make a post one day soon about long sleeves. I have yet to see a long-sleeved pattern I adore, and I’m hoping you’ll have som recommendations. I’m also wondering if I should just give up and settle for my predictable solution of throwing a cardigan over everything.

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  6. I love the first pattern; the second looks to me like a Haloween costume. I love coats with matching linings – pretty should always be our goal! NOT slutty! Men sleep with slutty; they marry pretty. Or, at least good cooks…

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  7. Love the second one! Especially with the little jacket. How stylish! I like the collar on the first one, but otherwise it doesn’t excite me much.And I’ve been all over eBay this week, as I decided to sell about sixty wedding magazines I had bought while planning my wedding. And, um, while planning to get engaged, etc. Wow, people will pay a lot of money for those old Martha Stewarts! Got about an hour left…

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  8. Thank you for using the term “bupkes” in this post. I have been trying to convince my husband that it is legitimate… now a dictionary editor uses it. Perfect.

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  9. UGH! trying to search for a pattern with a YEAR # is torture. that said, I do love the Simplicity 1990. sucha good pattern for the little bit of patterned fabric example you posted a few weeks ago.

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  10. UGH! trying to search for a pattern with a YEAR # is torture. that said, I do love the Simplicity 1990. sucha good pattern for the little bit of patterned fabric example you posted a few weeks ago.

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  11. How luxurious to have a matching coat and dress. I definitely agree that it is a Doris Dayesque outfit. What fun to walk around feeling like Doris Day!

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  12. elizabeththewellreadYou made me snort out loud. I’m so glad to see I’m not the only person to do that. I like the way you dealt with it in your last post; I’ll have to remember that.

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