I am an avid scourer of the online, local classified ads on Gumtree and look what I found! A lovely lady was selling her mother's collection of sewing patterns from the 60s (above), 70s and 80s. Some of the 60s patterns still have the price in shillings and pence. I love the red tunic in the second row.
Here is the 70s awesomeness:
And the 80s:
I was pretty excited about these, so I rummaged further through the box. It mostly contained old knitting patterns, which are not really my thing, but there were also some old magazines from 1967-74 and one from 1990. I was fascinated to flick through these and see how much things have changed.
Delicious food - pickled cabbage anyone, or maybe sliced cucumber with grated cheese?
A feature on ghost towns of WA. That looks like a thrill-a-minute holiday. I think if I was going to relax in a state of excitement I would choose somewhere other than an empty town surrounded by miles of red desert. ('State of Excitement' used to be the slogan for the state of Western Australia and was printed on all car number plates).
Some pattern suggestions for making your own wedding dress:
I found the advertising particularly interesting. (Australia banned cigarette advertising on TV and radio in 1976 and in print media in 1989).
Ooh la la!
The 'luxury of crimplene jacquard'
I was particularly interested to see that there were lots of ads for knitting machines and sewing patterns and paraphernalia. This dress form ad caught my eye. It's made from cardboard and can adjust to a variety of sizes.
This made my day and I think I got a bargain for $40 for the lot. I can't wait to have a go at some of those patterns.