Happy weekend everyone. I am currently writing this post from my newly redecorated, sun-filled studio with a cup of tea. I love this space so much. I’ll be sharing more information about it in the coming weeks, but suffice it to say, having a dedicated, functional and aesthetically pleasing workspace does so much for your sense of well being.

Other things that are good for your well being? Meet-ups with other sewists! After my very last day of work I met up with Vicki, Caroline and a few other Montreal based sewing devotees. It felt incredibly apropos to start my new life in their company. Vicki managed to talk me into going to New York in a few weeks to see Lauren (if “talking into” means inviting myself along because that is precisely what happened). I think we will be having some sort of Friday afternoon Mood/park hang if anyone wants to join us on August 15th, but I will share more info as I have it.

As for the reason for this post? At the aforementioned Montreal meet-up, one of the ladies present worked at a thrift store. When I was a teenager this was my number one most desired job because I had non-stop fantasies about all the treasures I would score if I didn’t have to dig through the picked-over merch like all the other scavengers. Sadly, my small town’s St. Vincent de Paul only operated with volunteers, which is how I ended up getting paid minimum wage to bake bannock bread in a pioneer costume at a 19th century homestead, while secretly in love with the re-enactor who played the blacksmith, but that is a WHOLE OTHER STORY.

Ahem. So as I suspected, working in a thrift store really is the best way to score the good stuff, because Renée showed up with bags and bags of vintage patterns she scores before anyone else can buy them to like, decoupage furniture with, or whatever it is people who don’t sew use patterns for (shudder). I got to the party after everyone had already made their choices, but to my delight, there were still a few beauties left, dating back to the 1940’s.

vintage 40's patterns from CLoset Case Files-2

I can’t even. They looked so good on my newly whitewashed cutting table I almost cried. I decided to hang on to two of them:

vintage 40's patterns from CLoset Case Files-4

Which means I have three to giveaway! We have a classic WWII era skirt suit, a buttoned dress with scallop details, and a little boy’s onesie and shorts pattern:

vintage 40's patterns from CLoset Case Files-3

The women’s patterns are a size 18, with a bust of 36″. If you would like to channel my favourite 40’s gal Lucky Lucille, or even just add these to your vintage collection, leave a comment below and follow me on Twitter or Facebook. I’ll randomly select a winner next week.

In the meantime, enjoy the rest of your weekend my friends!

  • These are lovely! I spend my weekends scouring our local charity shops for nice vintage patterns, but rarely with much luck. I can’t be the only one who wants to hear about the WHOLE OTHER STORY…

    • Angie

      I understand…. I have minimal success in those places. 🙁 But the patterns are so beautiful that I keep my fingers crossed!

    • It’s a simple tale of a girl in an ankle length calico dress buttoned to the neck pining for the boy who pounded red hot metal all summer long. If the feeling had been mutual we totally have the makings of a cheesy romance novel, but alas, it was not to be.

      • Probably for the best – he might have ended up running off with a milkmaid.

  • Angie

    I am drooling over those patterns! And, a 36 bust is perfect, so I am keeping my fingers crossed big time that I get picked! I just clicked to follow you on FB.

    And, I do love your pattern offerings by the way 🙂 and am looking forward to what ever else you will be releasing in the future. Any hints that you can offer on what or when a new pattern might make an appearance?

    • Should be releasing the next one mid September if everything goes according to plan!

  • Jen l

    I would really love to have the children’s pattern particularly — please enter me in the giveaway!

    Also, just wanted to mention, if you’ve ever thought of it…maybe you have the makings of a screenplay in that WHOLE OTHER STORY. I can just see it!

    • Ha, thanks Jen. If this whole pattern business doesn’t work out I will totally write a screenplay about that summer.

  • Cat Does It

    yes! we want tips on what is the future for your new workspace 🙂

  • Kim

    Love your new table and these patterns! Unfortunately they are too big for me and my to sew list is already quite big, so I’m not entering the giveaway, but you’ll make one reader very happy I’m sure!

  • I love-love-love the second pattern with scalloped details. It looks so cool and I think I might dream about it at night. You gals in the US are so lucky to get these vintage patterns in thrift stores as in my area there are very few(and by few I mean almost none) vintage patterns circling around. They were rare back then and even rarer now. Sigh. And these are actually my bust size. So I’m going to fantasize about these patterns and I hope they find a loving new home and we’ll see some awesome makes with them soon.

  • 36″ bust is perfect! I’d love to be entered for the women’s patterns! Thank you and enjoy your new amazing workspace!

  • Hooray for new sunny studio!
    I’m absolutely thrilled to have a thrift store on my new island that isn’t so picked over like they always were in SF. I haven’t made any pattern scores yet (those actually do seem picked over) but the amazingly cheap vintage fabrics that are there EVERY time I’ve gone in the last couple of weeks are going to be hard not to hoard!
    Thanks for passing on the love with your new pattern scores!

  • Thanks for the giveaway! I’ve been able to find some 60’s and 70’s patterns in thrift stores, but never anything from the 40’s or 50’s. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to join the next bloger meetup in Montreal, since I’ll be there for school starting this fall!

  • Emmie

    Mememe! I adore the yellow one! And lucky thrift store lady… I never found any in them! Probably why!

  • Jacqueline

    I LOVE these – particularly the McCall women’s dress: just gorgeous! Thank you for the opportunity to win… (fingers crossed!) I’ll be following you on Facebook.

  • Randi Goodies

    Following on Twitter and Facebook. What a great giveaway!

  • Melissa H

    Oh, my! It’s so hard to find large bust vintage patterns! Love the raglan sleeve dress.

  • Tracy

    Congratulations on this new chapter of your life. I agree ~ you started it off appropriately 🙂 That Vogue pattern is just perfect!

  • Stunning designs – I love them all! Meet ups are the best.

  • Joanne Roberts

    Oh I love a vintage pattern, i am just starting to get to grips with making them but looking at them is better!

  • anne w

    THese are gorgeous, they’d be a fabulous addition to my collection. 🙂

  • mac

    Oh, you are speaking my language and my size. Thanks for offering these, I will cross my fingers.

  • Beautiful patterns! I’ve got my fingers crossed.

    I have yet to score good ones in my size at thrift shops, but I did run across a goldmine of late 70’s and 80’s patterns when my husband started sorting through one of his parent’s storage units recently. I’m totally set for maternity patterns should I decide to ever have another baby.

  • Meriwether

    Those are beautiful! I love the buttoned dress – and you could make it up as a cute skirt, too.

    Congratulations on a courageous transition, and I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with next!

  • Those patterns are fantastic! I never find patterns from before the 1960s at my thrift stores – frankly not a lot of people lived here before then. I’d love to make up that dress with the scalloped raglan yoke! So pretty 🙂

  • I already have a vast number of vintage sewing patterns that aren’t getting the attention they deserve so please ignore my entry for the giveaway (though they are ultra tempting and beautiful!). I just wanted to say I’m SO STOKED for your new studio!! I’ve been drooling all over my Instagram feed seeing your white washed teaser shots. Can’t wait to see more of your space and what you’ve been working on!


  • Sox

    Congratulations on your new life!. I wish you much success and fulfillment!
    Those are all gorgeous patterns. And just my size (well, not the onesie).Thank you for sharing.
    (I think this is the link to my twitter account )

  • Ugh, I wish I could crash this party. I miss hanging out with you all.

  • VMuise

    Inviting yourself along to meetups is part of being in the maple syrup cabal, dontcha know. *#NYLon14 cough cough*

  • Good luck with your new life! Wish I could join you in NY! I love the dress. Will click on FB.