This will be the last post on Vintage Reproductions for the time being, I promise!
I wrote a long and rambling email to Carolyne [carolynec at mccallpattern dot com] about my love of the Vintage Vogue line and asking for clarification on a few issues, and she graciously responded to my email. It is rather impressive to me that someone responded in such a timely manner – fabulous customer service, Vogue!
I think we are all curious as to why the company does not have archives of their older patterns. They have kept their catalogs, but “we also have 4 brands and limited space which is why we do not archive patterns.” Understandable, but I sure hope all of those leftovers went to good homes and did not end up in the garbage.
As far as The McCall Pattern Company purchasing those expensive and amazing patterns that appear online every once in a while: “we have no need to purchase patterns as we have many willing consumers who just want to share from their collections.” And to reiterate, Vogue will return all original patterns should your pattern make it through the selection process.
“Also, due to input limitations, we often plan for several Vintage, but not all make into the line.” I have a perverse desire to see the designs that did not make the cut, and then whine that my favorites were not chosen.
“Butterick is a different story than Vogue. With Vogue, we require the original pattern to duplicate. With Butterick, we utilize our archives and recreate the pattern ourselves. Currently, McCalls does not feature a vintage line but we do have the catalogs.”
So make sure to share your favorite Butterick pattern designs, even if your patterns are not in pristine condition. Perhaps we can influence the next Retro re-issues.
“Also, keep watching for more Gertie designs in Butterick.” Yes, I certainly will! Tthat is very good news, indeed!
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