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« on: August 09, 2003 10:59:03 AM »

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[/td][td]I bought this pattern off of ebay and used it to make my prom dress. I made view 1, the green dress in back. It was a size 14 and by the measurments on the back I was EXACTLY a size 16, argh! I had to adjust the pattern up but it was worth it in the end. I like the way the top is so I'm going to try to make it out of some stretchy material and wear it like a pull-over boatneck top. We'll lets see it I ever get around to it 
Grey Taffeta $4/yrd
Cranberry Satin $2/yrd
+ zippers, interfacing, bias tape
lots of stress and frustration

Total = approx. $30

There is about 4 yrs of taffeta in the skirt. It hangs badly because I didn't have a crinoline to wear under it. I'd look less fat and the skirt would be much more springy and full with something to hold up all that fabric. At least that's what I tell myself!

It took about a week to sew. I did a mock up in muslin to make sure my adjustment would work. Not too shabby if I say so myself. It was my first time really following a pattern since I usually make up my own or add in my own funky steps. I took me forever to understand what the steps in the pattern were even asking me to do![/td][td][/td][/tr][/table][/td][/tr][/table]

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« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2003 06:47:42 PM »

Beautiful!!

Anyone know if any pattern companies these days sell "vintage-style" dress patterns?  I fear that if I happen to find a vintage pattern with a dress I like, it'll be too hard for me to do...
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« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2003 10:06:44 PM »

i know vogue has a vintage line, and one of the other companies too, i believe it's butterick.

personally i have sewn mostly with vintage patterns, they're really not that hard to work with, especially if you have a how-to-sew book from the same period. if you're worried about tearing or ruining the pieces you could make a copy of the pattern out of interfacing or fabric before you begin.
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« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2003 12:12:52 AM »

Thanks for the scoop!  I just hunted down a link to Vogue's "vintage line:"

http://store.sewingtoday.com/cgi-bin/voguepatterns/shop.cgi?s.list.20006.x=1&UK=30769002

They're not all that great.  Maybe looking for actual vintage patterns is the way to go after all...
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« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2003 05:51:35 AM »

Hey, I bought that pattern off of ebay in a lot for real cheap. They were already cut so I didn't feel bad about using it.

I use a big pad of tracing paper (19" X 24") from Office Max when I work with patterns or a roll of brown paper when I make my own. You can buy pattern making paper but I've never used it so I don't know if it's worth it.

The hardest part of the pattern was working with so much fabric because I had to pin it together while wearing it (no dressform). Other tricky parts were the zipper and neckline because I didn't really understand all the terms they were using. Plus back then they used those big chunky metal zippers and I was trying to use an invisable zipper.
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« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2003 08:56:08 PM »

Your prom dress looks great!  My sewing machine is in the shop for a tune up, so it's torturous to look at other peoples' projects...

As far as vintage patterns go: Butterick is indeed the other company that does retro patterns, but they only have 4 or 5 in the catalog.  Depending on the era you're interested in, you might check out Folkwear, too.

Also, did everyone see this when someone posted it on Glitter:
http://www.vpll.org/

I keep wanting to borrow a pattern or two from the lending library, but seeing as my issue of Threads describing grading has gone AWOL and I still have suitcases full of vintage patterns to grade up to my size, I think it will be a while.  

As far as working with vintage patterns: in my experience, most patterns from the 40's on have pretty much the same markings as contemporary ones, but sizing and measurements have changed slightly so you may have to change the waist (unless, of course, you wear a girdle for some reason) and the bust point location/bust shape (cone bra, anyone?).  I try to fight laziness and copy all my patterns onto paper (when I'm desperate, I use taped together shopping bags) so that I can make adjustments without ruining the original or limiting myself to only being able to make one size in a multi sized pattern.

I love love love vintage patterns!
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« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2003 09:06:39 PM »

wow, i've never used a printed 1940's pattern, mine have all been blank! but it sounds like the 40s patterns (by the waist and bust descriptions) you've used are later forties, i usually go between 1940-44ish.

does anyone else have that awesome book on 1940s patterns? the name escapes me at the moment, but it covers 1940s sewing "history" and has pages and pages of full color pattern covers. i'm in heaven looking at it!
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« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2003 02:55:32 AM »

Hi!  Your dress looks great!  Another place to look for vintage patterns is rustyzipper.com.  Have fun!

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« Reply #8 on: September 10, 2003 02:55:39 PM »

http://www.denverfabrics.com/

they have vintage vogue patterns, and tons of other makers, so you can check there.
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« Reply #9 on: October 12, 2003 07:49:29 PM »

for  sewing patterns of old, try
www.folkwear.com
It's the coolest!
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