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.