Using and Caring For Vintage Patterns (and Pattern Giveaway!)
23 November 2014
Today, one of Flashback Summer's sponsors is here to share her insight on working with vintage patterns and taking care of them, along with offering 3 digital patterns to a lucky winner! (Those details are at the bottom!) This expert is Anna Depew of Mrs. Depew's Vintage Patterns shop!
I love her shop. She has an array of notions, books, magazines, and digital patterns that can help you create period-accurate, unique vintage for any decade from the 1910s-60s and later. I myself have used one of her digital patterns and am in the process of creating clothing from another. I appreciate the affordability, as they make rarer patterns accessible at a lower price point!
She has some fantastic tips for caring for vintage patterns, and you know she's a trustworthy source! Here's what Anna has to say:
1. First things first, when you get that baby home, inventory the pieces! It's a horrible feeling to bring home a treasured pattern, buy fabric, and lay out the pieces, only to realize you're missing a critical piece!
2. Make a copy! The pattern tissue is likely to be fragile and pinning to to fabric isn't so good for it. I trace a copy of every vintage pattern I'm getting ready to sew. There will always be fitting to do anyway, and it's much easier to make changes to a copy. Also, you might have paid a pretty penny for that pattern, and you'll want to protect and preserve your investment!
3. The same goes for the instructions: make a photo copy and then you can scribble notes, pin fabric samples to it, spill coffee on it, etc. and you won't risk the original.
4. If you're working with a non-printed pattern, you might feel like you're being asked to read hieroglyphics instead of grain-line and fold markers. It's a good idea to take a colored pencil and translate these markings before you get started. (Another reason making a copy is a great idea: you can write all over it!)
5. Most importantly, make a test version! I have sewn a lot of vintage patterns and there is always something that needs a little changing. Sometimes a seam doesn't match that well (believe it or not, the big pattern companies didn't always test their patterns, especially during WWII!), or maybe you need to make a fit adjustment... a test version is a MUST!
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THE WINNER WAS ANNOUNCED HERE.
As I stated above, this is a giveaway for three digital patterns of your choice from Mrs. Depew Vintage Etsy Shop. This giveaway begins today and ends on November 30 at 12 am, U.S. Central Standard Time.
You can earn entries by liking the Mrs. Depew Vintage Facebook page, commenting with your favorite pattern, and subscribing to Flashback Summer Emails!
(If you have already liked the Mrs. Depew Vintage Facebook page or subscribed to FS Emails, feel free to claim those entries and include the info you liked/subscribed with!)
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