I have a love/hate relationship with vintage reproduction patterns produced by The McCall Company and Simplicity. On the one hand, it is fantastic that they are being reproduced. I am not, however, thrilled when they make fit, design, or instructional changes to the originals.
But I cannot manage to resist them, even when they keep printing the same basic dress with a few variations.
Don’t get me wrong, I love a full-skirted 50s frock (my closet is proof of this), but there just does not seem to be a whole lot of variety to the designs that are reproduced. I have a Pinterest board filled with amazing vintage designs I adore, and from the amount of re-pinning going on, I am not the only one who loves these looks. Even setting aside the designer patterns with copyright issues, there are thousands of stunning dresses and suits and blouses that are being passed over for something like this dress. It is certainly fun to wear, but is really just a basic mid-century silhouette.
I have the same issue with many of their contemporary patterns as well. I wish there were more advanced designs showing up in the catalogs.
I absolutely love the fact that so many people are discovering the joys of apparel sewing, but companies seem to be catering to a beginners market to the exclusion of intermediate and advanced designs.
Surely a lot of people have moved beyond a beginner level, and I am perplexed as to why the pattern market has not starting taking that into account. I have had numerous conversations with many people about this issue, so I am quite certain I am not the only one who would like to see a change.
Until the Big 4 figure that out, I will just have to be content with my personal collection of patterns. And I will probably continue to purchase the new vintage reproductions since I do appreciate working with factory folded pattern tissue that I know will come in my size. But I keep wondering who gets to choose these designs, and how do they always manage to ignore the most amazing of the bunch?!
Here is to challenging and fulfilling sewing projects! With the understanding, of course, that there will always be room for full skirts, crinolines, and polka dots!
Dress & Belt: Made by me, Butterick 6055
Petticoat: Made by me