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jessdell
« on: December 20, 2005 10:37:04 PM »

does anyone have a not completely difficult pattern they could recommend for a 40s looking dress. I'm in the play Harvey, as in the classic, and it's, of course, set in the 40s. I need a dress for like an afternoon party (for a teenager/young adult) but the thing is even though i've been sewing for quite a while i'm not completely confident in my ability to follow patterns. i'm not even really that great at it. tutorials are so much easier. making up my own patterns are easier for that matter, but unless i find something good at goodwill pattern it is.
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« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2005 05:43:03 AM »

Since you say you are not so lucky using patterns...........

I just wanted to say do not buy a vintage pattern.  You will most likely find that there are no seam allowances, different closure methods in some cases, and probably not enough instructions.  If you can't find a tutorial or a second hand dress then you should try to find a modern pattern with a vintage style. 

When I first started using patterns they were confusing to me too, but I found a trick that worked for me. 

The pieces are the easiest part, cut them out to your size and lay them down and cut them out.  There will be a picture of how to lay them down. 

The instructions.......That was what got me. Some of them I didn't understand, and turning the pages got confusing so I kept losing my place.  I started re-writing the instructions on normal paper as a checklist.  I could cross off the steps I had done.

If I didn't understand how something was supposed to fit I would stop sewing and start using safety pins until I figured it out. 

If you do end up using a pattern and start to have problems please post back here and ask what to do.  Or PM me, or email me at dnmgiordano@hotmail.com

The play sounds fun by the way! I always wanted to do theatrical costuming but we don't have stuff like that here (Saskatoon, SK)

HTH

Michelle Giordano
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« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2005 11:31:23 AM »

Vogue has re-released a bunch of vintage patterns.

http://store.sewingtoday.com/cgi-bin/voguepatterns/shop.cgi?s.item.V2876=x&TI=20006&page=1

http://store.sewingtoday.com/cgi-bin/voguepatterns/shop.cgi?s.item.V2787=x&TI=20006&page=2

http://store.sewingtoday.com/cgi-bin/voguepatterns/shop.cgi?s.item.V2354=x&TI=20006&page=3
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jessdell
« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2005 09:30:30 AM »

thatnk you very much.

hah you make it sound a bit less frightning, michelle. thanks.

and lothruin, thanks for the patterns i think the second is my favorite.
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