Ladies and gentleman, I have some news regarding the vintage reproduction patterns produced by The McCall Pattern Company!
Leslie, director of Merchandising and Design, sent me an email after I posted my most recent vintage reproduction dress which included some of my thoughts and disappointments with the repetition and simplistic nature of some of the recently reissued patterns. In response, I sent a rather involved email back to Leslie with more of my feelings on the subject. And today, Meg responded to my post with the following:
To Laura Mae's readers: We read this post and your comments. We hear you and we would love to have your suggestions on which vintage patterns you think we should reissue. Please take a look at our Pinterest board (http://bit.ly/vintagecatalogs) or your own vintage pattern images and send us an email with your top 1-2 suggestions for pattern reissues to Facebook@mccallpattern.com. Please, no more than 1 to 2 low-res images per person and please do not send any designer patterns, as licensing agreements unfortunately prohibit us from reissuing those.
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We look forward to hearing from you and your fans. —Meg Carter for the McCall Pattern Company
So . . . it seems like the comments of Prior Patterns and Overflowing Stash were taken to heart! Thank you, ladies, for speaking up!
My main suggestion is that we not take advantage of this offer and flood them with a massive number of requests. If you send an email, make sure it includes a pattern design that you would actually be interested in purchasing – I am really hoping that this customer involvement will not only be great for those of us who love vintage patterns, but also financially successful for McCall so they continue to want our input!
My understanding is that McCall needs the actual intact pattern tissue to reproduce a Vintage Vogue pattern. If you come across something amazing, maybe the community would be able to come together and find a complete copy of the design - not sure about the logistics on that. The Butterick Retro line (I am assuming the new Archive Collection from the McCall’s line works the same way) uses the line drawings in their catalog collection to draft the reproduction, so no existing pattern is necessary. And to reiterate Meg’s point, designer patterns are out, so no matter how much you wish that Lanvin or Schiaparelli gorgeousness could be reproduced, it ain’t gonna happen at this point, so don't waste your vote on one of those!
I am very excited to see how this pans out. From Leslie, it sounds as though Spring 2015 is already in the works, so these changes may not happen immediately, but there does seem to be some positive movement in the right direction!
As I was writing this post, it occurred to me that I should set up a group board on Pinterest to collect our favorite vintage designs in one place. If you would like to add images to the group board, I will need your Pinterest name and/or the email address associated with the account. My contact info is lauramae.p.s [at] gmail [dot] com. If anyone knows a way to open up the board to bypass this step, please let me know.
[EDITED TO ADD: If you would like to be added to the group board, all I need is the direct link to your individual Pinterest page!]
If you are not on Pinterest, please feel free to email me links or design images to be added to the group board. Perhaps at some point, a vote could be arranged for the community to help persuade a VIP at McCall to get a specific design reproduced. What do you think? Any suggestions?
Now I just need to choose two of my absolute favorites . . . which may take some time!!
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