These little girls in bikinis were very daring for the 1970's.
I have been collecting patterns, pattern books and catalogues for most of my life. I love them. Can't get enough of them, but the time has come to let some things go. These in particular are hard to part with. I bought them in Paris, in some little haberdashery shop near Montmartre in the 1970's. I needed inspiration for a small mail order business I had then, making and selling children's clothes.
Two weeks ago, Hubby and I braved the loft, with the intention of clearing it out. We are both hoarders, so it was hard to do. We lasted two hours and I made several trips to the tip and local charity shops, feeling very virtuous when I had finished. We will need to do it again, but your back gives up after two hours of being bent double under the beams.
I threw away a large dustbin bag of patterns that I knew I would never use again, nor would anyone else. I saved some of the better ones to sell on ebay. I would happily donate the good ones to a charity shop, but I have seen them wrap china and breakables in old patterns. They do not sell them on.
I will be sad to see these go, but hopefully someone will use them or put them in a museum.
And in a way, letting go is very liberating. Now for the fabrics...
Does anyone remember kids in jumpsuits?
These little denim jackets are almost fashionable now.
Very French. I love the side closing on this dress.
Chic little raincoats.
How about these duffle coats?