Today's Pattern Story (and sale): Butterick 5832



Yes, it is a nice day. Isn’t it?

Yes, I am glad that I came out to the club with you and “the boys”.

Yes, it’s good to get out of the office and do a little informal business.

Yes, I’m a good sport not to be offended that they wouldn’t let me golf. Or wear trousers. Or drive the golf cart. Or sit in the dining room. Or park my car in the parking lot. Or come in the front door.

Yes, Danny’s a riot. Absolutely a scream. That joke about women lawyers? That must always have them in stitches at his firm.

Yes, I do make a great cup of coffee. That *is* one of my many excellent work qualifications, in addition to being editor of the law review and my Supreme Court clerkship.

Yes, I am imagining you all dying of massive coronaries as you grunt and smoke and drink and make unnecessary comments about my ass. (Yes, I can hear you.)

No, I didn’t say that last thing out loud.


Today’s pattern is from MOMSPatterns … and Jen is having a sale! She has more than 400 clearance patterns under $5, and they’re 75% off THAT with the code ‘bigsale’ until April 5. And she’s throwing in 15% off all OTHER patterns for the month of April  just for Dress A  Day readers (no foolin’!). Use the code ‘sewingbasket’.

End of Year Sales

Back before I did much sewing, I used to really enjoy the post-Christmas, pre-New Year’s end-of-year sales. I would take myself and my Christmas present money to the mall, hoping against hope that there would be something that I actually liked that I could spend said money upon (remember, this was before I did much sewing, when I was at the mercy of Belk’s and 5-7-9 — does 5-7-9 still exist? Oh I guess they do).

Now that I sew more and shop less (at least, I shop less for clothes that are already made …) I look more for end-of-year sales from pattern sellers and vintage sellers. 🙂 Here’s a list of all the sales I know about, feel free to add more in the comments!

Trésor De Vintage is offering a 10% rebate, through January 11th. (I have my eye on this ur-1970s gold-tone chain.)

Penny at Antique Dollhouse of Patterns is offering a 30% discount from December 31 through January 4. You might like this colorblock 1960s dress in a forgiving half-size.

Lisa at Your Pattern Shop is offering 20% off with the coupon code NEWYEAR2013, starting December 30 and ending January 5th. If you’re a smaller size and want a simple (yet gorgeous) pattern, check this one out:

Butterick 6578

(Ignore the belligerent woman in the center. She doesn’t fight fair.)

Holly at Past Perfect Vintage is offering sale prices across the site … check out this Vera Maxwell dress, yum!

The Vintage Fashion Library is having a 25% off sale until January 2 — use coupon code “blizzard.” (Lisa was promised one by untrustworthy weathermen and was quite disappointed to get just a run-of-the-mill snowstorm, instead.) And check out this Women’s Day pattern — quite unsuitable for any kind of snow, but with a really unusual front closure!

Sheila at Out of the Ashes is offering 15% off, through January 1, using the coupon code CHRISTMAS. Might be a good time to pick up this favorite

Tina at What-I-Found is offering 25% (excluding shipping) through January 15th … use coupon code “FirstSale!” because it’s Tina’s first sale. 🙂 (Maybe your New Year’s resolution is to sew more slinky Sixties wear? If so, try this one.)

Janet at Lanetz Living is offering 30% off purchases of $15 or more. Ends January 2. Don’t let this one get away …

Marian at Vintage Vanities is offering free priority shipping for US orders over $30 … I wish these shoes were my size.

Kathleen at Little Hunting Creek is offering 20% off all patterns starting now, plus get free shipping if you buy three or more. Use code NEWYEAR. (They will remove the shipping charges manually.) Maybe you’ve been looking at the Colette Macaron dress? I know I have …

Sydney’s Vintage Clothing is having a sale through January 31 — 35% off any order of $40 or more (excluding shipping). If you’re in a place that still has plenty of winter left you might want to check out her selection of vintage coats. (Vintage coats are almost always good bang for the buck. Which is probably why I have a closetful.)

Michelle at Patterns from the Past is offering 15% off orders over $20, with the code “newyear” —  valid until February 1, one per customer. (I love this Sixties midriff jumper …)

And if your resolution is to get better at sewing, Deepika at Pattern Review is running a big year end sale. All online classes are $27 ($29.99 for Free members) and all the big 4 patterns (Burda, Vogue, McCalls , Butterick , Simplicity, New Look ) are 35% off (25% for free members) until December 31st.

The Blue Gardenia is having a sale, too!

Today's Pattern Story and Sale

Advance 2754

Callista: This year, Marjorie, is going to see the fulfillment of all of our plans! We’re going to land the Thompson account! Captain Montrose will propose! And little Timmy — darling little Timmy — will finally learn to spell “accommodate”!

Marjorie: If you say so, C. Is there any cake left?

I don’t know about you, but I always start to get that new-year itch the day after Christmas. I don’t want to wait until January 1 to start thinking about next year … which is annoying to everyone else who is still picking through the Christmas cookies.

[This pattern is on sale right now at MOMSPatterns — 25% off until midnight CST  on the 27th with code “Crimbo” (Jen married a Brit).]

Do you have resolutions, sewing or otherwise, for 2013? I’m working on a post about mine right now. Also, what do you want me to post more of in 2013 (other than just posting more)?

Today's Pattern Story and Sale: Vogue 7787


Gray dress: Don't let anybody tell you that a chair with disappearing legs is better to lean against than a disappearing ledge. It's just not true, despite what Miss Cherry Jumper over there seems to think. 

Miss Cherry Jumper: I wish I had worn my glasses after all. I can't read that sign … does it say "don't lean on the disappearing chair?" I hope not, those disappearing ledges are so dangerous. 

This pattern is on sale now through Sunday (as are all the patterns at — use the code GONECAMPING for 15% off). Unfortunately, this one isn't in my size, anyone have one in a bust 34? 

(And oh, is anyone else using Pinterest? I'm starting to like it more and more. I'm FakeErinMcKean there.) 

Happy Anniversary to Holly!


Holly at LuciteBox Vintage is celebrating her third anniversary this week, and everything's on sale. (I love this dress, which looks Libertyish and practically demands to be taken to a summer picnic.)

There's so much gorgeous on Holly's site right now that it's going to be hard to choose. I recommend you get there early before the canapés (and this dress for eating them in) are gone. 

[Sorry to be such an absentee blogger these last few weeks … I promise to catch up this week! Highlights will include some NEW SEWING; a trip to LONDON; and links a-plenty. Also possibly a new rant.]

Today's Pattern Story (and Sales): McCalls 9658


Red: You may think I'm just casting a coy glance, but I'm really about to thwop my sister in the back of the head. It's okay, we've been doing this since we were kids.

Green: It's true. (Which explains my glassy, semi-dazed stare.)

Blue: Are those two idiots roughhousing again? I can't watch. I'll just stand over here and pretend I don't know them.

Today's pattern (and sale) is from Jen at MOMSPatterns — for Memorial Day Weekend, save 20% off all orders; use code 'thankyouvets' until midnight EST, May 31, 2012.  Jen's listing of 50s & 60s patterns plus 80s New/Old Stock items (if you didn't live through it the first time …) 

Plus: bonus sale!


The Button Emporium & Ribbonry is having a Memorial Day Sale, too. Through June 1, get 15% off your whole purchase (minimum $10) with coupon code memorialday2011. Including those cool needlepoint buttons above. (I kind of want to put teeny LEDs in them, don't you?) 

Oh, and hey, I'm in the UK. It's been kind of a hectic trip (hence the lack of notice & blogging), but if anyone wants to get together tomorrow [Saturday] evening, hit me up on Twitter — I'm @FakeErinMcKean.

Today's Pattern Story (and Sale): McCalls 4629


I love that the women here are having a dance party, in their jumpers and cloches, complete with clutches and pearls. I am also trying hard to believe that they're dancing to "It Takes Two" (but I understand if you are not able to).

The woman with her back to the dancers is, of course, the DJ. Her name is DJ Schnee, and she always wears all white. It's a thing. (She's huge in Japan — has her own energy drink, and line of sneakers, and everything.)

This pattern is from Sheila at Out of the Ashes, and she is having a 15% off sale Friday thru Sunday — use the coupon code GLAMIS. 

Today's Pattern Story (and Sale): Simplicity 7804


Floral: Look. Look into my midriff mandala. Lose your "self" and become one with creation.

Yellow: I represent the Sun, and thus life itself.

Green: I represent all other living things, given life by the Sun. Or, possibly, avocados. It's hard to tell. I mean, my midriff triangle could represent the avocado seed, right?

Floral: Focus, ladies!

This pattern—and everything else at ZipZapKap—is 50% off (today only! Coupon code GL400YAY50 will get you 50% off everything in the store, from 1 a.m CST Friday to 1 a.m. CST Saturday. )