A few years ago I did a heavy amount of researching and preparing for a lecture I gave at Costume College. I had been asked to post this to my blog, so I am finally getting around to doing it! I hope this will be a multiple part series, to help you understand how to use vintage patterns, as well as learn a little about their history.
Cover of Butterick Fashion News, October Butterick pattern dated My project for dating vintage Butterick patterns using Butterick Fashion News flyers Click here for an explanation has some new information, thanks to the input of generous readers.
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Vintage sewing patterns open up a whole new world of collecting for someone interested in vintage fashion. Some collect vintage patterns because they want to reproduce the styles of days gone by for their wardrobes. Others collect them because these slim envelopes filled with tissue give a glimpse into a lifestyle that many of us no longer have the luxury to live.
My costume design professor at Northwestern University, Virgil Johnsondelighted students with his formula for period clothing. Or is it merely one? What sticks in my mind most clearly is that 20 years was the sweet spot, the appropriate amount of elapsed time to ensure that one would not appear dumpy, dowdy, or oblivious, but rather prudent and discerning.
Over time, I have come to appreciate and understand how the domestic arts have empowered women and, in turn, affected their societal roles. This is one of the reasons I love sewing. This simple craft has, over time, had a measurable affect on women across generations.
New This Month. Vintage fashion admires be prepared to rejoice! There is some rather exciting in-vogue breaking news involving you and your handy sewing machine.
Since the s many names to suggest quickness such as the 3 Hour Jacket or Jiffy pattern have been used to highlight how fast a garment could be made into the latest fashion item. These old sewing and dressmaking patterns are much sought after today, under phrases such as vintage ephemera. You searched for: s dress patterns!
I have a real fascination with s fashion and needlework magazines and have built up quite a collection of them now. Throughout my entire collection, I definitely think that this Butterick Sewing Pattern Book from the summer of is my favourite. Unlike my the Vogue Sewing Pattern Book fromI previously showed you here and herethe fashions in this Butterick one are much more every day, wearable pieces and you can just imagine the average woman walking around in them.
There are tons of Websites devoted entirely to the buying and selling of original and reproduction vintage patterns replicas of vintage patterns, some of which offer clarified instructions or patterns graded into multiple sizes. Sewing with the real-deal pattern in its original form is a wonderful experience and a fun way to re-create the innovative details and flattering designs of the past. However, vintage patterns can be intimidating. Patterns today vs.