A New Treasure

I recently scored this lovely vintage Claire McCardell pattern on Ebay. I really like the style so I might actually make this one. I will carefully copy each piece as the paper is very delicate. For now, I’ve popped it directly into an acid free bag for safekeeping. It looks to be from the late ’40s or early ’50s.

While we’re discussing Ebay, I’d like to piggyback onto Erin’s Dress A Day web rant. I like to check Ebay often for new vintage patterns. Lately, this has become a very frustrating task. Maybe my patience is simply wearing thin, maybe not. Here goes:

*Get rid of all the extraneous graphics. All I want to see is a decent picture and a brief description along with your terms. I don’t want to have to search for them. If there are too many graphics and your page takes too long to load even on my high-speed connection I’ll be hitting the Back button.

*Please list the bust measurement in the title. Size means nothing when it comes to vintage patterns. “1950s evening gown B32” tells me everything I need to know – “1950s evening gown size 14” requires further investigation which I might, or might not, have time for.

*Please add a gallery photo – it’s only $.35. There are many hundreds of new vintage patterns listed every day. Most of us skip right over the ones without a gallery photo.

*Erin said it and I’ll say it again: spelling counts. I will bid to the death for a Claire McCardell pattern but if you misspell her name I’ll never even see your auction.

*No music or sound of any kind. It can’t be said often enough. There’s nothing worse than having the life scared out of you when you’re trolling for patterns in the wee hours. Sleeping husbands don’t like it either. :-O

*Try to end your auction at a normal hour – sometime before midnight EST is good. I’ve been known to stay up until midnight to ensure winning a desirable pattern but 3:00 a.m. is a bit much, even for me.



Filed under Patterns, vintage

7 responses to “A New Treasure

  1. Gigi – I have another one – a real turn off for me are ridiclous auction policies or shipping & handling charges that so so high it’s obvious the seller is trying to add a few extra bucks to the auction price.

  2. Well, I had to go check out the site to see what you all were talking about (and I have to agree – it give my husband a headache).

    I was happy to see that they are in my hometown so I may have to check them out sometime! Hopefully the physical store is better than the web store!

  3. Anonymous

    I used to *love* those auctions that end in the middle of the night or the ones with typos in the headlines that folks can’t find just by searching a certain term. I use a service called esnipe.com It lets you “snipe” a bid seconds before the auction ends and score a bargain.

    I said “used” because my budget has taken a huge hit and I’ve blocked ebay from my PC to make sure I’m good. So, if I’m not enjoying – all you should.

  4. Hello Gigi

    I read your blog regularly. You are my „sewing role model“ because you are so talented and inspiring.
    I like that you now are sewing with vintage patterns, especially if I have got the pattern too.(Simplicity 6672)
    Claire McCardell had a very wearable and modern style.
    I’m really looking forward to your version of this pattern which will surely be as beautiful as all the other garments you sew.

    Kind regards

  5. Jason Lyon

    Ahmen sister, say it out loud! Ebay sellers have been getting WAY to creative. Loose all those graphics and small print already! AND stop asking for feedback before I’ve yet to recieve the item, actually on that matter stop ASKING for feedback in the first place. AND those cheepies who won’t even splurge on pictures, I mean really! Even selling an item I know might only fetch $5 I post as many and as large as I can pictures as possible. Really 35(my computer doesn’t even have a cent key!) ?? and you expect me to trust you to ship it off?

  6. Patty

    I was just wondering how much the Ricky apron Avdance Pattern went for on Ebay? My nieghbor has one and is planning to sell. Thanks so much!


  7. Patty, I think I paid about $45 for it.