I love vintage sewing patterns. I’m a sucker for their details, simplicity and sophistication. My current affection is for sweet styling of a button up blouse. What I’ve really come to love lately is the kimono and raglan sleeve, as seen in the McCalls 8711 and Advanced 6261. I can’t wait to get started.
Have you ever wanted to sew with vintage patterns? There’s a bit of care involved when sewing with vintage patterns. Some of the patterns I have are over 80 years old and if I want them to be preserved there’s a few things I need to do.
- I make a copy (color preferred) of the front and back of the pattern envelope.
- Copy the instructions, front and back.
- I iron each pattern piece on the lowest setting.
- Finally, I copy of all the pattern pieces on to Swedish tracing paper. Making sure to copy all the markings and notations.
- Grade pattern if too big or small.
- Make a trial garment and make any fitting adjustments.
- Sew up the final version.
- Fold up all originals following original fold lines.
- Package all in an archival sleeve and store in metal filing cabinet.
If you don’t care to purchase these delicate patterns and use up valuable time in prepping them for use, there are new patterns that have all the charm of the originals. You know, everything old is new again!
Let me know if you like sewing with patterns or if you would rather use new. Or tell me what’s the oldest sewing pattern you have used. Leave a comment and you’ll be entered to win a garment sewing book gift pack.