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« on: December 02, 2007 08:17:19 AM »

Someone please explain to me what the deal is!   Cheesy

I have begun in the last year to sew from vintage 50's-early 70's patterns (skirts, shirts, dresses, coats, etc..), and I have found that hands down, they fit better than modern patterns.  Mind you, I have a weird body (don't we all?): I'm short, have a short torso, long legs, thicker waist (comparatively), narrow hips, lack a bum of any consequence, have broad shoulders, narrow chest, and DD boobs.  Yet, I wrangle less with old patterns.  It's fantastic, yet inexplicable to me.  I can even make a fitted dress, which I could *never* do with modern patterns (at least the ones I'd tried).  So, my question is has there been a marked change in pattern drafting over the last 30 years or so?     

I know some of you must have researched the pattern industry...if not I have a new quest!  Maybe this is all fluke.  Who knows.

« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2007 01:19:41 PM »

I enjoy vintage patterns more also Smiley  The styles were just more flattering!  I haven't actually noticed, but maybe they have less ease worked into the patterns so there isn't a lot of extra room.  The measurements are sometimes more hourglass-ey than modern patterns, both of which would make them fit better.
But, that is all speculation.  I don't have much experience with newer patterns, I work with mostly vintage Smiley  I really think the styles have something to do with it.

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« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2007 04:33:33 PM »

I have only really sewn with modern patterns, but I've heard other people have this discussion and two things come to mind:

1) vintage patterns are more fitted -- they're designed to be closer to the body, probably more similar to what we'd expect from ready-to-wear.  Modern sportswear patterns have a HUGE amount of ease, which explains why I can wear anywhere from a size 8 to a size 12 depending on the pattern.  I keep having to remove wearing ease.

2)  you say you are short with a short torso; well, women used to be much smaller (not necessarily less round -- just smaller) so if you are a petite proportion, vintage patterns would probably fit you better. 

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« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2007 01:00:24 PM »

Keep in mind, with 50s patterns at least, what the average woman wore back then.  Hardcore, super-structured bras and girdles.  That alone will throw off the ease when compared to someone wearing just undies and a no-wire bra.

« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2007 11:29:43 AM »

I find the fit of vintage patterns more flattering than modern ones. My theory ~ vintage pattern usually contains one size therefore more tailored to that particular size. I think the multi size patterns has to accomodate the various sizes thus making you (the sewer) adjust accordingly. I'm a advanced beginner and find vintage patterns are just easier.  again, must my little ol' theory.....
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