Guest Post: Sewing with Vintage Patterns

 I use vintage patterns a lot. I don’t always understand the directions, and they all don’t always have pictures to follow. Since I have experience in modern patterns, it becomes easier to decipher the vintage ones. Mt most recent project from a vintage pattern is my daughter’s birthday dress.

Full Length. Princess seams all around.
A very difficult yoke, with rick rack covering the seam lines.
And a super cute Peter Pan collar.
The fabric is by Little Lizette. Mint green, covered in pink, yellow, and sherbet orange popcicles and ice cream cones.
This is the pattern I used. It’s a 1939 Hollywood brand pattern.
I think the hardest part about sewing with vintage patterns is that they don’t call for zippers. Instead they call for buttons, hook and eye’s, and/or snaps. So if you plan on using a zipper, then you have to measure out how long of a zipper you will need and prepare the right seam line to sew in an invisible zipper or a standard zipper. Each zipper calls for a different zipper foot on your sewing machine and a certain amount of fabric allowance. For this particular dress, the pattern called for buttons (you and I both know that 4 to 5 buttons down the back and a toddler don’t always go over so well) but I used snaps for an easier dressing experience.
Don’t be afraid to try something new, or in this case, something old! Thanks for having me!

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