I have just been given some Vintage patterns! I keep reading how this happens to others, & have always been envious & now I am the one! Splendid!
Most are hilariously out dated, the 70s and 80s highlighted in unflattering illustrations & oddly posed photos with even odder fabric choices (why do they never make the garment illustrating the pattern from something a bit plainer?!) however; I have discovered some really wonderful patterns amongst the rest.
Three or four are underwear patterns from the 50s & 60s. As a Costumier these are invaluable & I shall probably make very good use out of them. A few more are from the same era, & I think I am keeping them for posterity! They are a very cute 60s suit pattern, a very Hepburn-esque dress pattern, which I adore for its simplicity & a mixed pattern full of skirts of different shapes which I am thinking of incorporating in to my classes because it contains some beautiful shapes. Lastly I am keeping an early 80s shirt pattern as I think I may be able to adapt it in to an adorable Victorian style shirt.
The pattern I got really rather excited about however; was an early 60s tie, Ascot and bow tie pattern complete with tying instructions! I lost my tie pattern many moons ago & as they are a rather complicated affair to put together I have been missing it terribly! I think I shall be making the bow tie and Ascot patterns as soon as possible, maybe even to go with my adapted Victorian style shirt!!
I have decided to keep just nine or ten. The others will go to be shared at various venues I teach at, & I am happy that the patterns chosen & made by a woman who made clothes for her family will be used this way. Some are unusable, or missing too many parts & I have decided to re-cycle them in to packaging & labels.
Looking at, & smelling that distinct dusty smell, really reminded me of learning to sew with my Mum, choosing patterns with her & strangely made me sad for the time when I was daunted by sewing! I haven’t had a pattern in my own home for many years now because I am an accomplished pattern cutter & grader & in a very weird way I have missed them. They are awkward to use, confusing, can tangle you up in the thinnest, shiny-est of paper but I think I feel like a proper sewer when I have them around!
Some of them have come with sewing terminology explanation diagrams & I intend to share these over the coming weeks.