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gz



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 18 8:01 am    Post subject: free vintage sewing patterns  Reply with quote    

https://blog.artfido.com/wiki-has-released-over-83500-vintage-sewing-patterns-online-for-free/

Anyone else seen this?
Mochyn,Sally in Wales, Frewen ??

Slim



Joined: 05 Mar 2006
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Location: New England (In the US of A)
PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 18 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

How would one go from online pattern to physical pattern to sew from?

Would you need to bring the file to an office store with a large printer, or would you print out a pdf in lots of small pages and tape them together, or something like that?

tahir



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 18 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Trace them off the screen?

frewen



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 18 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You draw a "block" to start off with; using your own body measurements and then start to work it up in a toile from there.

So the pattern is a scale model, but as no one is really a proper, regular size you fit and tweak and adjust patterns even if you have a full paper tissue in front of you.

frewen



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 18 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

But you knew that already didn't you ....you're just teasing.

Slim



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 18 1:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

No, I didn't know that! Well I knew that we're not all "regular" sizes, but I didn't know how to go from the site to the tissue paper I remember my father using.

I'm not sure I get it still....

So, you have some reference measurements (i.e., waist, inseam, or whatever) and you see that the hem is x times longer than the waist and just work from that?

I think my father was only ever doing things where you stitch where that pattern says to stitch.

Slim



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 18 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I guess my question could be, how would I go from this webpage: http://vintagepatterns.wikia.com/wiki/Butterick_9558 to actually cutting the fabric?

frewen



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 18 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You take a lot of measurements - chest, waist, hip, bicep, neck, back and work those up into a basic pattern.

https://lauraaftermidnight.wordpress.com/2013/09/02/week-1-drafting-the-basic-blocks/

you have that then you have something to transpose the pattern pieces over

frewen



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 18 5:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Ok - let me try again. You take a lot of measurements

frewen



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 18 5:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Then you use those to draw out a basic template that will fit you



(This is a bodice obviously)

frewen



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 18 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Then you can start to use the pattern shapes you have,superimposed over your own "block" to make a mock up called a toile in calico fabric
(this is a jacket).



Once you have fitted and tweaked then that calico piece becomes your final pattern.

frewen



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 18 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

So from those patterns I'd be looking at the schematic diagram


See the little thing on the bottom left hand side? That's what I'd be working from.

Does that make sense? There is a lot of trial and error and tweaking involved, but it is easier (sometimes) than drafting straight off the body, which is what some people do.

Slim



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 18 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thanks! I think I get it.

And that's the beauty of the sewing mannequin adjusted to the dimensions of the person the garment is being planned for, yes? Throw the pieces on it and see how they'll fit together, etc...

I can see why it would be fun to put clothing together, though not for the clothing that I typically wear.

frewen



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 18 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Absolutely - and for someone like me who's quite "wonky" on the one hand and "broad waisted" on the other - it means that I can actually get something to fit !

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 18 6:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Another plus with hand made clothes is that they last a lot longer. I still have clothes I made that are 40 years old. In fact the only reason the ones my mother made me as a child are not still with me is because they wouldn't fit any more, and also unsuitable for a rather mature adult.

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