Estate Sale: two words that can make my heart beat fast, and get me in the car to go to unknown parts of town as often as I can. When I got a tip-off from my smocking club comrades (yes, I have these) that there was an estate sale with tons of craft supplies (TONS, the email said), I was sure to stop by. Thank goodness I got there in the last hour of the last day, when everything was half off, and there wasn't as much as there had been! I still came home with too much, including a bag of vintage fabric scraps perfect for making toddler clothes. I made these two shirts immediately:
The pattern is from a book I've had for a while, part of my Japanese collection:
Penelope has been wearing them on Summertime adventures around town, doing her thing and, I dare say, collecting compliments along the way.
The most comment thing I hear is, "I think I used to have a shirt like that! The print looks so familiar." I tell them they could have! It's this sentimental affection that I just love about anything vintage.