Even though I can draft my own patterns, I like to buy old or used patterns made by Simplicity, Vogue, McCalls or Butterick. I never sew anything from them but use them as a resource and reference.
The pattern envelopes provide me with information such as suitable fabrics for the particular design. The types of notions and trimmings (if any) used also provide me with details that I might use for a project of my own. The construction and pattern layout illustrations also give me ideas on new ways to approach my own projects.
I never buy new patterns since the prices are very high. This makes the search for used or old patterns at an affordable price quite a challenge.
De Crescenzo Brothers in Dyker Heights was originally a fabric store catering to the home sewist. They’ve been in business for over 70 years. My Grandmother Josie took me there to buy my very first sewing patterns. I quickly became a regular customer when I was a teenager. Whenever I thought of sewing or fabrics the first thought was “I’ll go to De Crescenzo’s.”
Time have changed and the store now focuses on home decorating with an emphasis on custom made window treatments and curtains. There is a large stock of older sewing patterns, mostly from the late 1980s through early 2000s that are in boxes on top of an old cabinet at the back of the store. All patterns are $1.00 each.
I found quite an assortment of sizes and styles. Many of the patterns are of the basic and easy to sew type. The styles are very classic and with a little adaptation can be worn today with great ease.
I highly recommend any home sewists in the area to check out the offerings on this special sale. They are open Tuesday through Saturday.
De Crescenzo Brothers is located at 6914 13th Avenue in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, NY.
Please Note: I am not affiliated with any store or manufacturer.