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iamawahm
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Date: 7/25/14 7:59 AM

I have a ton of vintage sewing patterns that I would love to sew, but I noticed the sizing seems a lot smaller. Like a 10 back in the 40's and 50's sizes out to like a small today. maybe.

How do I resize the pattern? Best tutorial out there?

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Date: 7/25/14 11:16 AM

I was wondering the same thing. I've had this urge lately to pick up some old patterns (some for the vague idea of cosplay but I really do love the lines of some of the clothes from the 40s through 70s), but I am much bigger than most of the patterns I've seen on ebay. I have a general idea from a plus size sewing class (craftsy) to adjust sizes and they discussed the theory as if it didn't matter if you were going up one size or a hundred, but I'm not all that confident in my ability with it.

Some of the companies have released new versions of some of the vintage designs so are in larger sizes, but I'm not sure if they are rereleases of the original dresses (or close enough) or just a modernized version that's not quite the same.

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Date: 7/25/14 11:36 AM

I went on eBay and searched "vintage" in Crafts>sewing patterns. When I found some that showed a view of a measurement chart that answered my questions in regards to sizing. I should have saved and printed it, but I didn't

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Date: 7/25/14 11:46 AM

Blogger Casey @Elegant Musings was the first one I knew of that addressed grading vintage patterns.

Sorry, at work so cannot give you a direct link but look around. She made TONS of vintage garments.

IIRC, there was a Threads Magazine article on the subject.

You can also check out blogger such as Gertie's Blog for Better Sewing, Tanit Isis and Sunny of A Fashionable Stitch. Or just go to We Sew Retro and you will find ALL the vintage pattern fans hang out over there...Good luck!

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Date: 7/25/14 12:13 PM

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Some of the companies have released new versions of some of the vintage designs so are in larger sizes, but I'm not sure if they are rereleases of the original dresses (or close enough) or just a modernized version that's not quite the same.

I think they are rereleases of actual vintage patterns. I own a vintage version of one of the simplicity patterns: it has the exact same envelope illustration. The sizing for the big 4 and Burda has been updated to their modern sizing but the independents (e.g. Decades of Style, Eva Dress) generally just regrade the original pattern.

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Date: 7/25/14 2:46 PM

Good to know. Thank you ;)

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Date: 7/26/14 2:02 PM

I think the smallest of yours at size 10 bust is 31 inches compared to today's 32 and 1/2 inches bust for size 10. So if you are 32 1/2 inches there instead, that is only a 1 1/2 inch difference going around you at most. That's not much difference at all. You could get almost all that extra 1 1/2 inches just by even sewing the side seams more narrow. 2 side seams in a garment of some fabric, so instead of sewing them at 5/8 of an inch seam allowance, if you sewed them even at 1/4 inch seam allowance there instead, you would gain a whole 9/8th of inch across them right there even, which would be almost the 1 1/2 inches you need, at 1 1/8 inch extra right there even. Or just add some fabric there.

That would work fine, because the difference between old 1960's-70's size 10 and newer size 10 is so very small.

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