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One of the things I’m always looking for at thrift stores is vintage and high quality cashmere sweaters. I know I can go to Macy’s after the first of the year and buy a new cashmere sweater for $49.99, but cashmere is one of those items that it is true that you get what you pay for. After touching Pringle, or most other Scottish cashmeres, you’ll never be content with Charter Club again.

As with many used items, you really have to be careful about condition when buying used cashmere. Some advice: 1) If it pills, don’t buy it. 2) Learn to mend small holes 3) Don’t be afraid to hand wash cashmere. I use conditioner shampoo.

I recently found a nice tan Pringle, button front with a collar. I knew I’d wear it a lot, but there were two issues – the elbows were getting thin, and there was a small hole. I learned a long time ago that holes are just part of owning cashmere, and that if I was to wear it, I’d have to learn to mend them. So I did.

The elbows were a larger problem. I decided to go with patches. I like the look of elbow patches. I can remember a time when all men’s sweaters had them, so maybe this preference is nostalgic in nature.

Here is where it is convenient to have a fabric stash. A stash is not hording. A stash is made up of fabrics and trims and buttons you love and can see yourself using. My stash is carefully edited! I had no problem finding a fabric I liked, a Pendleton plaid taken from a skirt made unusable by the presence of multiple moth holes.



I cut two identical ovals (being careful to avoid those pesky holes) and carefully pinned them to the elbows. I then used buttonhole twist to hand sew the patches to the sweater, using a blanket stitch. This is quite easy, the only problem being that it is easy to catch up both layers of the sleeve instead of just the one where the patch is applied.

There are a few more photos at my blog, The Vintage Traveler.
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I can remember wearing these as a kid in the mid 1960s, and could not resist making up one for the hot summer days. Read more about the shirt, and why it was so popular at The Vintage Traveler.

Not every project turns out as planned but I try to make each one a learning experience. I loved this 1948 design, but hated the way it looks on me. Still I did learn a lot about sewing, and about myself. Read the sad tale at The Vintage Traveler.

I recently found this adorable book, made by a high school freshman for her home ec class in 1933-34! It’s amazing to see the skills being taught, and I love how the teacher had the girls keep a book of what they learned.
More pages at The Vintage Traveler.

I recently bought this pretty 1930s jacket which was made from one Liberty of London scarf. I’ve drawn out a cutting diagram and given simple sewing directions for you to make your own jacket, here at The Vintage Traveler. And see the original post about the jacket too.



When I bought this great retro camping print several weeks ago, I had no idea of what I was going to do with it. A little bit of a novelty print goes a long way on anyone over the age of eight, so I decided to cut the cuteness factor by mixing it with a Black Watch plaid. The result is what I’m calling the picnic skirt, because even though it’s a camping themed fabric, this scooter-skirt is just perfect for picnics, sitting at a scenic overlook with lunch spread across a cheery tablecloth.

I used a vintage pattern, Simplicity 7499 from 1976. Details at The Vintage Traveler.

Can you tell I’m ready for summer?

I’ve had this super red and grey wool plaid fabric for several years, and I’ve had plans to make a jacket. But then a red plaid Pendleton 49er came into my life, and I realized I just didn’t need another red plaid jacket. So I put the fabric on the back burner. When I found this pattern from the 70s, I knew exactly what the new plan was.

See the details at The Vintage Traveler