Vintage tartan for a steal

30 Nov

I do love a charity shop bargain, but this may just be my find of the year – a length of proper tartan which dates from about 1969 I think, found in pristine condition at St Peter’s Hospice (our local shop are celebrating their 30th anniversary today. Happy birthday lovelies!)


I’ve seen skirt lengths like this before, but this is the first one I felt compelled to buy, as it was a mere £1.25. Which is an absolute steal for about 1.4m of good quality wool cloth.


As stated on the nifty hanger label, it includes a leaflet about a making up service for ‘ladies who do not make their own skirts’ (shock horror). You can have a fully lined skirt tailored to your specific measurements, for £2.25. Something tells me that leaflet’s not going to work any more…


There is also a form to join a sewing club inside. These are making a resurgence these days, which is a marvellous thing.


I suspect this bit of Old Mcdonald tartan will become a cushion cover rather than a skirt, as it’s not quite enough to make a kilt (as I’d originally hoped) – I wouldn’t be able to get enough pleats out of it. But given that it’s immaculate after 40 years it should last a good while.


I’ve been a bit obsessed with tartan recently, and have been experimenting with weaving on a small loom – my scarf (below left) is the result, but I’m going to try for something a bit more authentic next time. Och aye, indeed.


While I was shooting this, Storm managed to crawl under the bed and get herself stuck, so I had to break off to extricate her…


Stand by tomorrow for the first of lots of lovely festive posts! Yes, it’s nearly time to say the C word!

4 Responses to “Vintage tartan for a steal”

  1. Jan Marriott November 30, 2011 at 8:15 pm #


  2. Getting Over Baxter November 30, 2011 at 9:20 pm #

    I am SO ready for the C word!!

  3. Mim December 1, 2011 at 12:17 am #

    *Has fabric envy* I look forward to seeing what you do with it.

  4. Ruth S December 1, 2011 at 10:41 pm #

    Och Emm Geee! Lush find 😉 And your scarf is fan-tab-ulous! Rx
    PS. Hope Storm made a safe exit

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