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Date: 7/3/13 10:05 AM

Am I the only one who is in love with vintage reprints by modern pattern companies? Don't get me wrong, I love the real thing too, but being able to find my size easily is awesome, and so is buying patterns for under $5 during sales. I have duplicates (and even triplicates, oops) of a lot of the reprints, many of which I have bought for future sewing for my daughters when they get older.

Which is your favorite line (if you have a favorite)? And besides the ubiquitous Butterick Walkaway, what is your favorite pattern?

Retro Butterick (including the Gertie patterns)

Vintage Vogue

Simplicity Retro (I don't know why they don't have a separate category for these, they lump in their true reprints with the Project Runway and anything vaguely retro-looking)

Burda has some screamingly midcentury designs, though they don't seem to categorize or label them any differently from the rest of the dress line. Basically you have to look for the ones with line drawings instead of photographs. (and I don't know if these are reprints or new designs)

My favorite would have to be the Retro Buttericks, I think because actual vintage Butterick patterns are hands down my favorite. I'm glad that Simplicity is finally utilizing their retro line for something besides 1960s A line dresses, I would actually love to see them cough up some 1930s designs because those are prohibitively expensive in my size. Also, any idea why McCall's isn't doing some kind of a reprint line? Their pattern envelopes in the 1940s were jaw-droppingly gorgeous.

Funny thing is that although I have dozens and dozens of reprint patterns, I've only ever sewn two (B5603 and V8811). I wonder why that is?

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Date: 7/3/13 2:17 PM

Oohh...fun topic! I've only recently started looking at reprints, as I really enjoy sewing with "real" vintage patterns, but I'm slowly becoming hooked! I don't have very many in my pattern stash yet, but my wish list is getting longer with each pattern release.

That said, I really wish the pattern companies would better style the sample garments from the reprint lines. I realize that it's a matter of taste, but I personally find some of the fabrics unsuitable and the garments sometimes look ill-fitting. I do have the habit of looking at line drawings first, so it isn't that big of a deal for me to overlook the photo on the envelope, but it's just something that bugs me about the reprint lines in general.

As far as favorites go, I do like the Butterick retro patterns (I've made Butterick 5605 and love it), but I wish they would offer some separates, like Simplicity does in their Vintage line. I made the blouse from Simplicity 2154 last month and wear it all the time!

I don't usually look at the Vintage Vogues because I think of them as being a bit "costumey", though looking at them now, I see that there are actually quite a few wearable pieces. I LOVE the Burda vintage offerings and purchased 8004 as soon as it was released, but haven't gotten around to making it yet.

By the way, there is actually a separate category for the vintage reprints on the Simplicity website. If you click on "Special Collections" at the bottom of the navigation bar on the left-hand side, you'll see "Vintage" as an option. Here is the list.

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Subject: Whats your favorite reprint line? Date: 7/3/13 10:04 PM

Ooh, I had forgotten about the plethora of doll clothes and baby things in the Simplicity reprint line. I wonder why they do baby pattern reprints but NOBODY does vintage reprints in girls' sizes. I have two daughters who look great in vintage!

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Date: 7/4/13 4:19 AM

I don't think they can go too very far back in re-prints just since most of those companies did not even have printed patterns until the 40's and after most times. So, in order to re-print something today, I think it had to be printed on the tissue paper in the first place probably. So if they were just the pre-cut blank pattern sheets like most of them had, actually for a very long time, then on those, just nothing to "re-print there" either.

McCalls might be the exception to that though, just since they have always had the printed on tissue paper patterns with real ink on them, pretty much just like today's patterns even, even since at least about 1924 or on, so I think. McCalls actually did have printed designer patterns in the 1920's they could/should reproduce now, even ones from Chanel, Patou, Vionnet and Worth. If they reprinted those, that would really I think, really "outdo" most of the rest.

But, I think they are just going for what they really think will sell and the most people will actually make up and wear, and those 1920's designer ones, are probably not in that category at all.

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Date: 7/4/13 7:13 AM

I think that possibly the reason they don't have retro patterns in girls' sizes is because pre-teens prefer to be on the cutting edge with their peers and have no concept of nostalgia. To them, that sort of thing would get lumped into their catch-all phrase of "old-fashioned". Just a guess!

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Date: 7/4/13 2:28 PM

I could be wrong, but I don't think the patterns are "reprints" in the true sense of the word. I believe the reissued patterns are actually redrafted to correspond with the companies' modern sizing block. Also, I'm assuming they have to do a minimum of re-working to convert the patterns to multi-sized ones. At any rate, I believe that Vogue Patterns were actually unprinted until the latter part of the 1950s, and they've definitely reissued patterns from before then, so I don't think the format of the original pattern is a problem.

I agree that it would be AMAZING if the companies could reproduce the designer patterns (from all eras), but I read somewhere (I wish I could remember where) that they don't actually have the right to reprint them - something about copyright laws or the original contract. It's really too bad because finding/purchasing the original patterns can be difficult and cost-prohibitive.

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Date: 7/5/13 4:47 AM

Sugarduck pretty much sums up why I like calling the patterns reissues i.e. because they are not identical to the original pattern . To start with nearly all the pre 1950s ones were originally issue as cut tissue with no print marks and they were single sizes. The sizing has changed as some of the patterns originally had a larger waistline for the same bust size. I know Vogue sources its patterns for reissue as competition but i have no idea about butterick.

Back to the original question.

My favourite reissue line is Vogue as they seem closer to the original pattern designs, are closer to my taste, and don't seem to randomly introduce so many pattern pieces and techniques that aren't in the original patterns. When I say taste I mean have a lot more 30s and 40s patterns.

I've fallen out of love with Butterick. I relised that some of the original descriptions did not match the reissues so I started buying the originals and comparing them. There's just too many differences for me to be happy using them. I've done a comparison of the dressing gown and found a handful of differences mostly on the seaming of the skirt. I have a dress to do next which looks like it has more differences between original and reissue with changes to grainline and drape, changing the back of the skirt from a three gore to a two gore, interpreting jewellery as buttons, changing dart to gathers, changing opening from back to front. I'm not a purist and say everything has to spot on and I don't mind the changes to a reflect a modern block, but honestly the essence of the design should be the same. And the modernisation of the patterns seem to lose some of the subtleties of cut and drape.

The first few Simplicity patterns just had too much ease and a couple of things that didn't look right. I'm not a fan of Simplicity's modern block as it doesnt suit me so it doesn't take much.

And Burda is too late for for me designwise as I prefer 30s and 40s.

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Date: 7/10/13 6:30 AM

My fave is butterick. I find their reprints fit me without too much fitting issues. I have one dress that fits straight out the packet.
2nd would be simplicity wish they would do more varied range.
I really want the companies to do more 20's and 30's patterns. I love 40's patterns and 50's do work modern day but I just would like a bit of choice.

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Date: 7/10/13 7:10 AM

I sewed up Butterick 5682. a very Mad Men look, and found there were errors with the pattern pieces. The facing for the left bodice was cut on a completely different grain to the bodice piece. From memory one was on the straight grain and one was on the bias but I can't remember which was which. At first I thought Butterick couldn't have made a mistake and sewed it per the instructions - it was a twisted mess. Fortunately I had enough fabric (luckily the piece was only little) so I recut the bodice to suit the facing grain (or vice versa, I can't remember which grain I actually preferred in the end) and this time it was lovely. In the end it was a dress I was proud of but I don't think I'll make it again. I wore it to my fiftieth birthday bash so it was a once only sort of pattern.

I love vintage looks and intend to try out some more patterns. So I appreciate your opinion on what works and what to steer clear of. This is a good thread.

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Date: 7/27/13 9:50 AM

Thank for this tip, but could you please double-check the pattern number on this dress (5682 is actually a trouser pattern)? I'd be very interested in knowing because I recently bought several Butterick patterns on sale - mostly dresses - and I'd hate to run into the same problem you did!

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