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LDT2011
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Date: 2/1/12 8:42 AM

Just wondering what modern patterns can pass for vintage? If you exclude retro or re-issues.
And what is it that makes that difference between a vintage shirtwaist and a modern one? What are the elements that make it look genuinely historical? I just can't put my finger on it myself. Is it in the detail? Or is it in the frugal/generous cut?

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Date: 2/1/12 9:20 AM


As a collector of vintage patterns.. and for the most part those are the ones I do sew.. a couple of things distinguish a vintage pattern overall.

First off. the fit.. if the dress is a full dress. such as the shirtwaist with full skirt.. its REALLY full.. Back then undergarments were used to help that effect. If the dress was a slim dress.. it was REALLY slim. really fitted.. NOTICE the darts etc that fit both styles in the bodice area ..

Which leads to the other large difference in a vintage and a modern pattern.. The details.. as you noticed already.. The pipings.. the buttons.. most of these had loads of buttons.. the fit.. most all had the darts or such to give a great fit.. but there was no stinginess with the work involved in these patterns.. Notice how many have collars and so forth.. that are nowadays often left off the patterns to make them a quick and easy sew.. The did not hesitate to add pockets or whatever it took in vintage patterns to make them detailed.

You know a lot of those patterns were knock offs of what one saw on TV or in the movies. back then.. which were designer garments.. Like the shirtwaist that Lucy wore.. the Audrey Hepburn style.. the Jackie O even in the sixties.. I loved the slacks that Katherine Hepburn wore.. those aviator styles.. now those were some fabulous trousers IMHO..

So I would say.. the style.. and the details..

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Date: 2/1/12 1:29 PM

Such a great question and a wonderful response, pigling! My skills aren't there yet, but I have a few vtg patterns waiting for my sewing to catch up to my desires:)

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Date: 2/1/12 9:39 PM

This was really interesting to me also. I also think fabric choice plays a part, and wearing the proper undergarments to get a smooth line rather than a more casual look.

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Date: 2/2/12 4:18 AM

Great answer. So its all in the detail?
I'd like to learn to do some neat piping on collars etc.
(Got in mind a dress in pastel pink with brown piping....but that's further down the line)

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