Friday, October 9, 2009

What a Pleasant Surprise!

I found out earlier today that my shop was selected to be featured at Do You Etsy?, a social networking community for people who make and sell their crafts on Etsy!  I am co-featured with the very nice proprietor of Faerie Moon Creations, who makes the loveliest glass and bottle-cap pendants featuring butterflies, birds, and the flora of the woodlands.  I am so delighted to be featured, especially as I am new to that community.  I have been very surprised by the sheer number of social networking communities out there on the Web for crafty folks.  These communities are great places to connect with others who are interested in crafting of all kinds.  I have learned quite a bit from some of the people I have met.

In other news, these two uncut and factory-folded vintage patterns made it into the shop today:

The chic McCall's suit pattern, dating from 1962, was designed by the French couture designer Claude Rivière and featured in McCall's Magazine.  I found a photograph of an earlier suit he designed on the September 1958 cover of L' Echo de la Mode, a fashion magazine of the time:

This French magazine (formerly L' Petit Echo de la Mode) included sewing patterns in its earlier history, which dates from around the late 19th century or early 20th century. It seems very akin to America's Good Housekeeping.  You can see a few photographs of the advertisements from one of the 1950s issues if you click on the link for this Etsy seller.

The Simplicity 5385 pattern dates from 1964.  I really like the long shift and wrap-around skirt design.  It has so many possible variations.  I am partial to wrap-around skirts, and as such there are a few wrap-around patterns that are in my "keep" storage containers.  One day I'll have to show you some of the patterns that I absolutely will not part with!

L'Echo de la Mode cover courtesy of


  1. Thanks for mentioning me in your lovely post! I've been quite surprised, as well, by all the crafty communities in cyberspace. I'm so happy that I've made some lovely new friends and discovered so many networking opportunities. All your pretty posts make me wish I knew how to sew! Sewing machines and I don't get along very well. :) Theresa

  2. Thanks for the kind comment! Looking at your jewelry photos also makes me wish I knew how to make your cute pendants, so we're even!

  3. Hi stopping by from SITS. I sew...mainly quilts and a halloween costume now and then. I have made a few dresses and lots of PJ pants, I'm into making bead earings too, fun. I'm following! :)

  4. Happy Saturday SITS Sharefest!

    Congrats on being featured! :)

  5. Serendipity HandmadeOctober 13, 2009 at 2:25 PM

    Thanks San!

  6. Serendipity HandmadeOctober 13, 2009 at 2:28 PM

    Susan, thank for following my blog! I'll definitely take a look at yours too!


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