nashville flea market? don’t mind if i do

25 Oct

i caved into internal peer pressure this weekend & went to the flea market. at first i immediately regretted my decision – october is traditionally the busiest month for our local flea market, and this year was no exception. the place was PACKED – moving was very difficult & i kept running into little old ladies who thought it was perfectly acceptable to just straight stop in the middle of the moving aisle (forreal, who thinks this is ok? anyone?). i eventually figured out that people were staying out of the sun, so as long as i avoided the air-conditioned buildings, i avoided the crowds. yay 🙂

anyway, let’s talk loot.

first, some patterns! i got all 4 of these for $3:
simplicity 1799

vogue 5381. someone on ebay is asking $53 for their copy lolwut. also, i definitely have the 80s version of this pattern as well. what can i say, i’m a pattern hoarder.

advance 2540. can i say now that i’m kind of weirded out that the vintage pattern wiki has a different envelope picture for what is obviously the same pattern? uhh…

mccalls b-100. now this is a weird one. it’s a basic sloper pattern, except the pattern is printed on something sturdier than tissue (it feels like mediumweight interfacing, tbh) so you can try it on and make adjustments. after you have fitted the sloper to your liking, you can make view B or C, or use the sloper to adjust a different pattern.

i’m bummed that it’s missing the instructions, but meh.

fabrics, $4 for all. the prints are cotton, and that big dark blob is actually a deep purple speckled linen.

lingerie elastic, 10 yards for $1, or rather, 40 yards total for $4. can’t wait to make slips & undies!

serger thread, $5 for the whole set. he actually had a LOT but i limited myself to only buying groups of 3. except for that orange. i needed the orange, wouldn’t you?

non-sewing related purchases:
DIS SUIT & fur collar (the collar isn’t part of the original suit, but doesn’t it look nice! i bought it from the same vendor), and this shirt (that i can’t seen to get a good picture of), $7 for all

love my vintage suit! it is really well-made (100% wool, fully lined, bound buttonholes) and it fits me perfectly. none of my friends like it, though, trolololol

totally randumb, but i also found snes control pads for $5 apiece:

in other sewing news, i have yet to perfect my pants muslin. i traced the pattern & pulled a GIANT horizontal tuck (like, more than 1″ sup short crotch) and added a small FBA to the rear. muslin #2 still needs work; it’s barely passable, but sarai’s clovers on the coletterie are totally smooth so i will keep chugging along. meanwhile, my muslin pants are now muslin shorts and i am running out of stretch fabric, hey-o!

12 Responses to “nashville flea market? don’t mind if i do”

  1. zilredloh October 25, 2011 at 11:19 am #

    Oooh! You went to the flea too and found some great stuff!

    I’m quite jealous of your Vogue 5381 shoulder pad pattern. 🙂 What a find! And that suit is beautiful.
    That pink fabric with the rose on it is gorgeous. Is it enough to make a dress/blouse out of?

    Is your flea indoor or outdoor? Mine is outdoor and it’s never so crowded that I bump into people… I think it’s a northern flea vs. southern flea thing.
    My husband blogged about the flea and has more vendor/area shots if you care to see ours. (Links are on my blog).

    • lladybird October 25, 2011 at 11:25 am #

      the pink fabric is baaarely enough to squeeze a blouse out of it – i really want to make it into a bombshell dress, but there definitely isn’t enough of it. a blouse it is!

      our flea is at the state fairgrounds, so it’s indoor/outdoor. there are several huge buildings, several outdoor areas with covered shade, and hundreds of parking lot spaces that are rented out. and lots of booths that set up along the buildings & walkways! it is GIANT. and i love it 🙂

      i actually lurked your husband’s blog when you posted lol. great pictures! i’ve never been to a totally outdoor flea market, but it looks like fun 🙂

  2. cassandra October 25, 2011 at 11:37 am #

    What a haul!

    • Mary October 25, 2011 at 12:38 pm #

      What a great haul! I love a good score.

  3. Marie October 25, 2011 at 2:02 pm #

    I love, love, love your finds – especially the fabrics and the suit and collar!

  4. Casey October 25, 2011 at 2:31 pm #

    Wowza! I love all your finds–especially the patterns. Your shoulder pad pattern is such a great find–like Liz I’m envious!

    I had to laugh at your comment about older people stopping in the middle of the pathway/aisles… It happens *all* the time here in FL (with the large retirement population), and drives my husband nuts. 😉 rofl. After 3 years I’ve finally managed to figure out how to work around it, although in stores it isn’t always easy–because they sometimes have carts! haha.

    • lladybird October 25, 2011 at 3:03 pm #

      haha the carts are the worst! they’re like little mobile walls that only move when they’re trying to be in your way lol

  5. Ashlee October 25, 2011 at 8:28 pm #

    Your flea markets kick my flea market’s asses!

  6. Forrest October 28, 2011 at 11:08 am #

    I’m obsessed with that pink floral fabric. So jealous you found it!

  7. JuliaDBennett November 14, 2011 at 2:56 pm #

    Awww no! I was in Nashville in September. I hope I didn’t miss out on one of these: it looks amazing!

    • lladybird November 14, 2011 at 3:11 pm #

      aw! the flea market is the 4th weekend of every month (except in december, then it’s the 3rd weekend). do come back and check it out, it’s totally worth it! promise!


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