Friday, September 7, 2007

A Pattern Mess!

I love vintage patterns, that's pretty obvious. Old fabric, embroidery stuff, knitting and crochet books are the greatest! So when I get a chance to do it, I like to take a box of older patterns that have fallen on hard times and see what I can do with them. Yesterday I happened upon just such a box. Honestly, I don't understand how a pattern can get crammed back into an envelope like these were! Wadded is more like it! Yes, they were mostly wadded up, then crammed back into an envelope. No, not always the right envelope. Yipes, it was a mess. So I spent most of an evening watching cartoons with Victor while counting smushed tissue pieces and hopefully matching them up with their correct envelope. It was pretty tedious work. The best thing, tho, was that it was like a trip down memory lane for me...I sewed a lot of these same dresses back when I was first starting to sew. The 70s don't seem like vintage patterns to me. My mom didn't see anything special about 40s patterns either. A few years ago I probably wouldn't have bothered with patterns from this era but now I appreciate the styles again. A Betsy Johnson dress just had something special about it, I think. They were sweet dresses. Anyway, I ended up with quite a few patterns that were not all there. Not just missing a facing, but a lot of pieces were missing. Sadly a Jean Muir was missing several pieces, but I can't bear to toss the pattern yet. The next step is to take a dry iron and press the pieces and envelopes. That way I should be able to get everything together again in the envelope. This picture is my before photo. I won't get to that project for a few days. Busy weekend ahead.

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