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Announcing the Vintage Pattern Contest Winners!By DianeSev on 7/21/11 1:07 PM

"Vintage Pattern 2011" Winners

This contest was a blast from the past! The Vintage Pattern Contest is an opportunity to try out old patterns (1920 to 1967), old fabric (if desired), old techniques and old sizing! And with it all, contestants got a chance to learn some wonderful things about sewing!

Patterns could be original vintage prints or exact re-prints of the vintage pattern. Re-issues, vintage inspired, retro, and self-drafted patterns using modern books could not be considered eligible. Minor design changes were allowed. If major changes were required to make a wearable item, it was time to pick a different pattern!

The 81 participants in this contest had 2 months to sew and perfect their vintage looks. Didn't they all do a great job?

Now let's meet the winners.

First Prize (By Member Vote):
Norsecross for Butterick: 6575 OOP: Dress.

Pictured: Butterick: 6575 OOP: Dress

Norsecross visited the 50's in her contest entry! She chose the 1953 Butterick 6575 dress to sew. This circle skirt beauty has a fitted bodice front, contrasting panel, deep pockets and side zipper (or "slide fastener", as the pattern calls it). A perfect dress for twirling!

An interesting feature of this pattern is that it instructs you how to piece together the skirt, in case the circle is larger than the fabric. She was also surprised to see that the instructions skip how to install the zipper and asks you to follow the package directions. Another vintage difference is seam finishing. This pattern wants you to pink the seams or edge-stitch them. She skipped that step. Also, the pattern calls for handmade buttonholes. She went down the modern path and used the buttonhole attachment on her sewing machine.

She made this skirt in a cotton plaid. She used buttons she picked up at a church bazaar. Just for fun, she followed the instructions for the bias tape hem. She loves the result and calls it "very nice, seriously stable...[with] added weight."

She would definitely sew this again, and plans to look into more vintage patterns. She gives kudos to the pattern companies for using high quality paper for the instruction sheets and tissue. Although they were yellowed and folded many times, they have stood up to the sewing process just fine.

Congratulations, Norsecross!

Random Entry Prize:
Margaret for Vogue Patterns: 1661 60s Jo Mattli Two-piece Dress.

Pictured: Vogue Patterns: 1661 60s Jo Mattli Two-piece Dress

Margaret chose this Vogue 1661 Jo Mattli two-piece dress from the Swingin' 60's as her entry in the contest. The pattern describes this item this way: "Semi-fitted overblouse with jewel neckline and square seaming detail on front has short or three-quarter length kimono sleeves and top-stitch trim. Straight darted skirt."

She used a loosely-woven raw silk with black warp and thick, multicolored, slubby weft yarns, Bemberg for the lining and silk organza for the interfacing. She found that choice of fabric was important, because this pattern has 8 inward and outward corners, all of which would be hard to press and flatten with a tightly-woven synthetic.

She did use a muslin and was very happy that she did, because she found the vintage Vogue very broad-shouldered and long-waisted, much more so than modern Vogue patterns, so she had to make some fitting modifications for hips, shoulders, sleeves, bust, neckline and waist. She made two design modifications, moving the zipper from the side to the center back and topstitching by hand instead of by machine.

She says: "With all the couture or near-couture techniques, this does take a long time to make, but can be worth it."

Congratulations, Margaret!

And congratulations to all our contestants for their great vintage garments!

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We also thank PR member Aroura for managing this contest.

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