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« Reply #20 on: January 24, 2007 12:50:47 PM »

When I first started sewing by myself (instead of under my Mother's wing) I sewed almost exclusively vintage patterns from the local thrifty.  I'd also buy fabric remnants and notions there, so the end results were exlusively 'vintage.' 

I had one tennis dress pattern from the late 60s that I made many times, and was super cute, with a deep V-neck and miniskirt.  Sadly, I got rid of all of them when I hit my 30s and realized I was never going to wear again. 

I do have some great, mod, Vogue Couture dress patterns from the 60s... maybe this sew along will inspire me!

Currently I'm sewing a dress that is a copy of a 70s cocktail dress - does that count?
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« Reply #21 on: January 25, 2007 07:35:29 AM »

OH! OH! OH! Does making about 6 dresses count?!?! HAHA! I am the costume mistress (weee!) for our play set in the 50's. I just won 30 patterns on ebay. I will scan them later. One question? These are all size 14 (vintage), any tips on how to make them a wee bit larger for today's sizes?  Most of them are bust 34" and waist 26-27", so they only need to be a small bit larger, but I've never made a pattern bigger.

Thanks ladies! Can't wait to get started!

Shannon

Hmmm.  I know how to make torsos and stuff longer.  Not sure how to make patterns wider.  Not much help, eh?  Anyhoo, I have a guidebook thingy at home I can consult and see if there are any tips in it.

As for me, I'm going to start with the wrap around skirt in Simplicity 9541.  And Julz!  Omg!  I'm in love with McCalls 5925 (the one with the poofy skirt).  It's gorgeous.  I'm going to see if I can track down a copy for myself somewhere. Smiley
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« Reply #22 on: January 27, 2007 04:37:16 AM »

Are you all getting started on this?  Vintage patterns, oooooohhhhh yes, adore them too.  There is an apron and some nightgowns I've been wanting to make.  Maybe joining you in sewing up vintage patterns will be the kick in the butt needed to get me moving.

For the person who asked about making patterns bigger.  Grading patterns to larger sizes may be covered in some fitting books, or try googleing.  There was and article in Burda Moda magazine about 5 years ago - not sure I have it anymore, but if found will let you know.
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« Reply #23 on: January 27, 2007 03:03:44 PM »

Ok so My costume design teacher told me this for patterns that have multi. sizings on them, And from what ive found it works. You can make patterns up to four sizes bigger. Look at the difference of the pattern btwn sizes like on a skirt side the difference btwn one size to the next could be an inch ( i dont know im just guesstimating) get your paper bag out trace the patter onto it and then add the inch on that side, make sure you measure each side as you go along though! its quite often not the same measurement! I know for the older vintage patterns they dont have the multiple sizing but some of the retro stuff does.

And from what i did for resizing for the ones i couldnt do this trick I compared my measurements to theirs for that size seen how much more i needed added a bit for ease and then just enlarged where needed while making sure to put in seam allowances, that allways ended up with some adjustments, but its easier to make something smaller than bigger and if you work with muslim the first time round you will be able to use that as your pattern once you got all the kinks out!

Right now Im working on simplicity 2646 from i belive 62? Ive just got to put the zip in and then decided on where im going to hem it because it is going to be super long...a little to long for my tastes...and possibly an alteration on the neckline?

Anywho hope this is helpful!
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« Reply #24 on: January 27, 2007 11:45:23 PM »

Hrrrm.  The best way to completely upsize patterns is to grade them, but that can be quite tedious, so I'm not sure if I'd suggest it if multiple patterns need to be resized in a short period of time.  If you'd like to try, the book I've used in the past is Grading Techniques for Modern Design, and it's relatively easy to understand . . . they probably have a copy buried somewhere at your local library.  Basically, since both length and width are usually expanded when changing pattern size, you end up having to redraw all the curves. Sad

An easier way might be to simply change measurements you know have to be larger (do pay attention to waist and hip length), and then make necessary adjustments during your first fitting -- which you would probably have to do anyway.  Good luck!

You can also compare your pattern to a modern fit pattern in your target size, which has helped me a lot in the past.  But this technique depends entirely on the complexity or simplicity of your original pattern . . . okay I'll shut it now.

I have sort of started working on a pattern, though it's not one of the ones I originally photographed.  It's a nifty coverall apron from (I'm guessing) the early fifties, which I'll prolly wear as a dress.

http://cleandirty.com/patterns/apron.jpg

I decided on this one 'cause I have fabric for it in my stash.
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« Reply #25 on: January 30, 2007 05:21:42 AM »

cleandirty,  That pattern is fab - it will make a wonderful sundress.

Here is the nightgown I want to try in linen.  Have a bag for a swap to finish up and then will get this on the cutting table. 
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« Reply #26 on: January 31, 2007 08:15:48 AM »

GraceOblivious - gorgeous pattern! i sooooo need that for one of my costumes for this play! i have to wear a nightgown/robe and maribou slippers!

Here's #1! Yay! One down, 5 to go.....
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I got the "material" from our base thrift store...if we, the theater, find stuff to use, they give it to us. It was a full flat and fitted sheet set! For FREE! Yay! The button and belt buckle are from a boot sale and I paid like 10p for them! I had to make the long sleeve version because of the tattoos on my arms...they don't fit in with our "50's housewife" theme! HAHA! Grin Grin Grin
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« Reply #27 on: January 31, 2007 08:21:40 AM »

I have about 100 vintage patterns and still getting more. But one problem, i am afriad to cut them. Half of them are still factory folded. =[ But I might have to find one that has been cut and try it. Ive never used a pattern or made any clothing but i own a sewing machine. Gotta get started soon. lol
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« Reply #28 on: February 01, 2007 06:38:14 AM »

you could always trace your patterns onto new paper if you want to leave the vintage ones intact.
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« Reply #29 on: February 01, 2007 06:50:02 AM »

Shorty3boys,  WOW, your finished dress is gorgeous.  Wonderful design detail- fab with the blue belt too- it really accents the dress.
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