Thursday, July 30, 2015
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
But for now, this is definitely going to be a great garment to have on hand in the summer heat. Hooray for cotton!
Thursday, July 23, 2015
And while the vintage illustrations are adorable (no big surprise there), the actual dress is BORING. The dolman sleeve is slightly different than other Butterick reproductions, but not enough to make this dress anything special.
The latest Vintage Vogue release had me very excited to see what was next for other reproduction designs, but this is disappointing.
It is not the most complex design I have ever seen, but I do like the double breasted style lines.
This one has definite possibilities. But yikes, the styling is terrible (and I think the poor model knows it).
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
And then they are finally stitched!
The same goes for the silk organza, although none of that gets cut away.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
The top ended up a perfect match for my red linen skirt. It was a great outfit for a graduation event on a very hot day. Oh, how I love natural fibers! Sitting on plastic chairs surrounded by synthetic turf . . . not so much.
The pattern was very easy to put together, although the sleeve has too much ease to fit into the armhole. The design does not have a gathered cap according to the technical drawing, so I had a bit of a fight to get it stitched in properly. But all's well that ends well.
Monday, July 13, 2015
Eva Dress recently authored a post showing, in detail, alterations that were made to one of Vogue’s reproduction patterns, Vogue 2962. This is a bit disconcerting as they supposedly use original pattern tissue to draft these re-issues. I know the instructions are changed significantly, but moving zipper openings and changing style lines really do not fall into the category of re-sizing for a current fit standard.
|A Vintage Vogue reproduction |
with some fairly significant changes made to the original.
To get to the really important stuff, I (and quite a few others from the conversations I have had) are very interested to know what kind of re-sizing goes on with the vintage reproductions. I have worked with quite a few original vintage patterns, and the only real fit differences I have noticed is skirt lengths are generally longer, bust darts extend further toward the bust apex than is popular in a contemporary silhouette (most people no longer wear bullet bras, obviously!), and armholes are often smaller. Would you give us examples of specific fit/design changes that are being made to these patterns?
All sizing on our patterns is by the current standards. The standards have been in place since "modern" sewing. While we utilize the markings and specific pattern pieces for the Vintage designs, they are graded as we grade all our patterns.[But what does that really mean? How have those standards changed . . . ? ]
A Butterick pattern from the mid-1950s sizing chart is 34-28-37. The current sizing chart is 34-26.5-36. So, in fact, vintage sizing is more generous than the current standard which is probably unexpected for most people.
As mentioned above, our industry standards have been in place for years and we gear our sizing around them. The caption of each pattern will indicate if it is close fitting, semi fitted, loose fitting, etc. The finished garment measurements are also on the patterns.
Everyone complains about the amount of ease built into the contemporary designs produced, but in my experience, the finished measurements of a Retro Butterick size 12/Bust 34 end up being quite similar to a vintage 1950s Butterick, size 16/Bust 34 – but that probably has something to do with the fact that I use an upper bust measurement in place of a full bust measurement. If, in fact, you measure in at a 26.5” waist, the extra 2”+ ease given on the retro line seem rather excessive for a fitted waist. What is the standard amount of ease drafted into a “fitted” design?
It is up to the individual designer of each brand how much ease is in a pattern. There is no standard amount.[What designer? Do they mean the individual who re-drafts the design?]
I would love to have one of the current Vintage Vogue design offerings “deconstructed” for us, i.e. this was the original size, the finished tissue measurements were x,y,z and they ended up as a,b,c on the reproduction. Vogue 8974, for instance, looks to be fitted through the bust and waist – but how do the finished measurements compare with the original?
Again, we use the pattern pieces from the original Vogue Pattern, but grade in current sizes. It is really not practical and could be confusing to list what the pieces were vs what they are. However, that is a great idea for a Vogue Patterns Magazine article and I will pass that along to our editor.[Clearly I do not mean they should list this on each individual pattern, but one or two specific examples might be nice.]
And how about the instructions? How significant are the changes made to the vintage pattern instructions. I can understand adding bias strip pattern pieces to a repro design where the original would have a few sentences about cutting your own, but how many other changes are being made, short of substituting words for clarity like slide fastener for zipper and press studs for snaps?
[I am still not sure why these changes are really necessary. I have learned so much from vintage pattern sheets, I think it is a disservice to ignore some of the older techniques. I am pleased to see that Vogue 9127 includes a side snap extension in addition to a size zipper. Some of the Vintage Vogues from ten or so years ago had these details included, and I am please to see they are coming back.]
Like the sizing, we reference the original instruction sheet if it is available but use our modern methods.
Are details being dumbed down for a contemporary audience that may not have grown up with a needle in hand? Are gathers substituted for pleats, zippers for plackets?
Each brand designer decides what details they would like on their designs. Designs are coded as Very Easy, Easy and up to Difficult depended upon the details. We try and provide a full range of designs and difficulty to appeal to many customers.[If they are working from actual patterns, why are significant alterations being made to style lines? And why do they mention "designers" when they are dealing with a physical pattern and pattern instructions?]
We have an extensive archives of catalogs beginning in 1863 for Butterick and later for McCalls and Vogue. For Butterick and McCalls, we research the catalogs and choose designs. For Vogue, we search our own stash and borrow from others actual patterns to work from.
Are there any trends as far as commercial success goes? Which decades sell better than others?
We know our consumers love the 50's but we have a range of patterns from all the brands back to 1912 up to the 60's.
Hopefully the recent success of this Archive Collection pattern makes it clear that many of us vintage aficionados are looking for more challenges and new decades of style to discover.
|Clearly this design did not use the 16" invisible zipper required by McCall 7154. Are hook & eyes and snap plackets really so terrible they must be eliminated from the contemporary home sewing lexicon?|
The McCall Company's standard answer seems to be that they “resize to fit our current sizing” - but that does not explain moving a zipper opening, raising the back of a garment, or straightening out a curved seamline. Why would they make those alterations?
Now we have actual proof from Xandra that McCalls is doing more than re-sizing to fit the current size chart (whatever that pat answer means), and are making significant alterations to the original pattern tissue with their Vintage Vogue line.
Friday, July 10, 2015
Vogue 9126 is also wonderfully detailed. What a beautiful shawl collar - and look at those gathers! Love it!
I prefer the short sleeved version of this dress for some reason. Now I am going to be distracted looking for the perfect fabric for the design instead of working on current projects.
And I love the shoes!!