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Pattern Reviews> Other> 501 (Past Patterns)

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Posted on:11/8/02 1:44 PM
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Margaret said... (12/10/11 8:36 AM) Reply
LDT2011 -- also keep in mind that there's some variation in the Past Patterns. The older patterns are printed on the large blueprint-like paper. I think the patterns she's made more recently are printed on the usual pattern tissue and have separate instruction sheets. Then there are the "attic copies" which are reprints of vintage patterns -- those just have whatever instructions came with the original pattern, which may not amount to much. Those are usually the four-digit-numbered patterns, and there will be a note on each pattern's webpage that it's a reprint with possibly limited instructions. Also, there are more Past Patterns reviews on
LDT2011 said... (12/9/11 7:06 AM) Reply
I've always wondered how the past pattern patterns were to sew. There doesn't seem to be a lot of reviews of them.
Margaret said... (11/21/02 7:45 PM) Reply
Thanks, I do like this design and I think I will try it again (but will add darts next time). Hmm, I bet it could make a cute kid jumper too if sized down...
Nan said... (11/21/02 6:37 PM) Reply
Margaret, I think it looks very cute, actually...I love the idea of this as a nightgown, it could also be a cool swimsuit coverup
Dale C said... (11/21/02 5:34 PM) Reply
I have no cat, but a little bird that likes to chew things up when she's allowed out of her cage. I like these old style patterns and have seen a whole bunch of them on the Harper House website ( I always wondered about the fit, whether it was updated for the modern body. Thanks for the tip, it's something to consider when ordering those older styles.
Margaret said... (11/21/02 3:35 PM) Reply
This cat is now 9, but still needs to be watched. He is often found under sewing project hems looking shifty...
starlene said... (11/21/02 10:15 AM) Reply
I liked your cat comment, it made me laugh out loud. My cat used to do things like that when he was younger - aah, the joys of hosting a cat!!!!
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