A Vintage Sewing Pattern Epiphany

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Vogue's Basic Design 1883 dress pattern offered by harmonycollectibles on Etsy.
Vogue’s Basic Design 1883 dress pattern offered by harmonycollectibles
on Etsy.

I am a lifelong collector of vintage clothing.  I once owned a vintage shop, but now I hunt for gems to add to my own wardrobe.

Thrift shopping and reusing old goods is good for the planet and it’s good for the wallet…

But at the very core of my love for thrifting is the fact that I am not attracted to new styles and I don’t like most of the synthetic fabrics in today’s stores.  (Although, I have been known to pine over a vintage psychedelic jersey dress or two!)

Older clothing just seems to hold up better and the cuts of the dresses are much more suited to my style.

Vogue's Basic Design 2077 dress pattern offered by RainbowConnection15 on Etsy.
Vogue’s Basic Design 2077 dress pattern offered by
RainbowConnection15 on Etsy.

Vintage threads, however, are a finite resource.  With everyone and their mother opening up a vintage shop lately, they are much more difficult to come by.

It’s hard to find dresses that are the right fabric.  And, because many of the vintage dresses I wear were home sewn to one person’s specific measurements, it’s hard to find dresses that fit my personal measurements.

I don’t know why it took me so long to realize I needn’t be beholden to the offerings at the local thrift shop or vintage store…

I have always longed to buy the boxes of vintage patterns at estate sales.  The prettily sketched women in their vintage dresses made me wish I could sew.  But, for some unknown reason, part of the character description I had written for myself described a gal who just wasn’t good at sewing.  So, long story short, I never took the leap to purchase any patterns.

Out of sheer desperation for a creative outlet, I recently purchased a sewing machine to replace my old broken one.  And then I purchased a bunch of patterns.

(To tell the truth, I purchased a few boxes of patterns on eBay and proceeded to stack them in our guest room so I could sift through them.  Thank goodness for my husband who is endlessly patient and a staunch supporter of all that is creative!)

Vogue's Basic Design 2278 vintage dress pattern offered by ThePatternParlor on Etsy.
Vogue’s Basic Design 2278 vintage dress pattern offered by ThePatternParlor on Etsy.

For the past few weeks, I have been cutting up psychedelic floral, vintage sheets and testing out various vintage dress patterns.  When I try on one of my creations, I often look like I am wearing…well…bedsheets.  But they are just for practice.

I recently learned to sew darts – something that had always intimidated me in the past.  And I conquered the dart!

Because I am an avid admirer of the beauty of earlier decades, especially 1960s and early 70s, I really enjoy the way that the vintage Vogue’s Basic Design patterns showcase the most popular styles of each era.

I love that they give me an opportunity to add a series of dresses to my wardrobe with one beautiful pattern in one giant envelope.  (I LOVE the giant envelope!)

Vogue's Basic Design 2019 dress pattern offered by EleanorMeriwether on Etsy.
Vogue’s Basic Design 2019 dress pattern offered by EleanorMeriwether on Etsy.

Right now I am working on View E (the dress pictured on the right) of the envelope below, Vogue’s Basic Design 2635.  I am currently knee deep in drafting adjustments to the pattern bodice and absorbing YouTube advice from the experts to help me on my way.  We’ll see how it goes.  My only comment so far is – thank goodness for pencil erasers!

Vogue's Basic Design 2635 vintage dress pattern offered by backroomfinds on Etsy.
Vogue’s Basic Design 2635 vintage dress pattern offered by backroomfinds on Etsy.

 

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