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Date: 4/21/08 12:37 PM

This contest is a chance to try out vintage patterns, learn the differences between those and current patterns, and possibly try some traditional but new-to-you techniques. The rules for this contest:

1. Make a garment using a vintage pattern. For the purposes of this contest a pattern is considered Vintage if it was issued between 1920 and 1975.

2. Patterns must be original vintage prints, or exact re-prints of the vintage pattern (for example, reprints such as those that are available at Vintage Fashion Library and Vintage Pattern Lending Library). Re-issues, vintage inspired, retro, and self-drafted patterns are not included in this contest. Reissues are those that are reissued by the Pattern companies and sold in the Vintage and Retro sections of the catalogues.

3. Minor design changes are allowed. If major changes are required to make a wearable item, please pick a different pattern for this contest.

4. Fabrics and techniques do not need to be vintage. However, it is encouraged for you to follow the vintage guide sheet if it is available, to reap the benefit of some older techniques. This is not a requirement, but a suggestion.

5. Contest is restricted to clothing. Clothing for children and men are included. Crafts and home dec items are not included. Accessories as part of a clothing item can be included.

6. The garment must be started on or after May 1st, 2008 and completed and reviewed by May 31st 2008. This includes cutting out the items. The pattern can be one used before, and muslins and fitting can be done in advance. Fabric pre-washing may also be done in advance.

7. More than one item can be entered in the contest.

8. Open to all members (free or paying) who joined Pattern Review prior to February 2nd 2008 (90 days prior to the start of the contest).

Winner determination: Decided by member votes. Voting will begin on June 1st and end on June 10th.
Prizes: $100 and $50 gift certificates from oldpatterns.com

Guidelines for voting on Contests

Because of the high quality of the garments we're seeing entered in PR Contests, we're setting forth some guidelines that may help you choose when voting.

You may choose to assign a point value to each of the following criteria in order to narrow down your choices.

1. How well does the garment/collection/ensemble/item fit the criteria stated in the contest rules? How well does it fit the spirit of the rules?

2. Are the construction methods, including but not limited to seam finishes, lining techniques, etc, well suited to the design? To the fabric?

3. Is the fabric choice well suited to the design? Are the lining and interfacing choices appropriate?

4. Is the review complete and well written?

5. Taking into account the stated ability level of the entrant, how well does the garment fit?

6. Creative points. You may choose to give credit here for extras including embellishment, creative interpretation of patterns, creativity in creating a pattern, or even for having the restraint to leave something strikingly simple.

7. Complexity of the project. Relate this to the skill level of the participant. If a participant is a beginner then a princess seam may get the same complexity level as an underarm gusset gets for an advanced sewer. This is purely subjective, but a complex garment might garner more points than a simple one if a tie-breaker is needed.


Additional voting guideline suggestions for the Vintage Pattern Contest: Remember, these are just suggestions.

1. Use of vintage techniques either from the guidesheet or a book source. Traditional seam finishes as opposed to serged seams would be an example.

2. On a scale of one to ten, how well does the entrant adapt this vintage design to make it wearable in todays world? IOW, does the resulting garment look like a costume from another era or something that is Vintage inspired but eminently wearable today?

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Date: 4/21/08 12:41 PM

Sources for Vintage Patterns
Ebay
Etsy
Blue Gardenia
Debs Recycled Sewing Patterns
Glorious Vintage
Heavens to Betsy
Lanetz Living
Main Street Mall
Mid Century Chic
Miss Helene's Vintage Sewing Shop
Moms Patterns
Old Patterns
Paper Pursuits
Patterns from the Past
Rusty Zipper
So Vintage Patterns
Sydneys Vintage Clothing and patterns
the Vintage Peddlar
Vintage Fashion Library
Vintage Pattern Lending Library

Information and Knowledge base Resources

Vintage Fashion Guild
Vintage Sewing Info

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Date: 4/21/08 4:33 PM

This sounds perfect for me. My best friend is having a birthday party May 31 that is 20's and 30's themed. I am having the darndest time coming up with a costume that isn't a plain ole flapper dress. The Vintage sites that I have checked are pretty skimpy for anything in this time period.

Thank you so much for posting the links! I will have to check them out after work this evening.

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Date: 4/22/08 7:52 AM

Marji, thank you! I think I've just found my next black tie dress! These links are wonderful!

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Date: 4/22/08 8:37 AM

oh Cidell, do tell...inquiring minds want to see.

I think that vintage patterns provide a fabulous source for formalwear. In past decades they sure did know how to put on the ritz.

For inspiration and Pure eye candy, check out the The University of Virginia Collection of Historic Dress

I love vintage patterns, and one of the places that I think many vintage patterns are as totally relevant today as they were the day they were issued is in the area of formal wear.

Check out this comparison of one of the dresses in the University's collection and the cover of the most recent issue of Cadena, the catalogue from a very high end Spanish fashion house (and source for fabric) - from a recent blog post of mine

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Date: 4/22/08 9:04 AM

Is a pattern earlier than 1920 OK?

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Date: 4/22/08 9:15 AM

Quote: Jaie
Is a pattern earlier than 1920 OK?

According to the rules, the pattern should be issued between 1920 and 1975. So you'll have to find another pattern I am afraid.

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Date: 4/22/08 9:25 AM

The quick answer is the one that Deepika just gave, but I'm
Just curious, Have you found one?
We believed from the research done last year when establishing rules for this contest that someone came up with 1920 as the year that they started printing patterns for the domestic market.
I can't find the source information right now.
Vintage Sewing Info has books dating to 1930 that explain how to use Butterick patterns.

Anyway, the beginning date was simply used from last years contest.
and for those who're curious, 1975 came about because we came upon a source that gave the definition of Vintage as patterns predating 1975, and that patterns post 1975 through sometime in the 1980's (I believe it was 1988 but I might be wrong on that) are considered "retro" not vintage.

geeze, I guess that makes my kids 'retro'


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Date: 4/22/08 9:44 AM

I hope this isn't a dumb question, but how DO you determine the "year" of a pattern? I have a little girl's dress pattern. The pattern company is Advance. I know from looking at the pattern, that it is late 50's. So there isn't a question there. However, I have scoured every little corner of this pattern, and I can't find a year, anywhere.

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Date: 4/22/08 10:19 AM

I haven't seen an Advance in years, but I know on my modern patterns, they will have a copyright date on it. Maybe on the printed instructions?
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