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Date: 8/7/05 8:15 PM

I thought it'd be fun to have a thread for sharing pics of some of our vintage patterns. I know I'll never make most of these gems. Here is a selection from different decades.

1930's. I think this looks like it could easily be worn today.

1940's. this is for wovens but I think its perfect for a light jersey.

1950's. Talk about High Fashion! I will never make this, but it's an amazing pattern. I have a bunch of high fashion patterns from the 50's to 60's I got from a patient who got it from her son who got it from the estate of a Beverly Hills lady.

I'll post others later. But please, please, share some of yours.
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Date: 8/7/05 9:15 PM

Oh, drsue! What wonderful patterns. I agree the first one could be worn today, and in fact I have a fairly new McCalls pattern that has the exact same shoulder and bodice treatment. I love it. It's just a chemise though, no pleated skirt.

The Griffe pattern is just TDF though! I would wear that for a performance in a heartbeat! Wow! Love the gloves too.

Unfortunately, I have no vintage pattern collection, so I'll just have to drool over yours, and I hope you do post others.

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Date: 8/7/05 10:55 PM

I am so excited about this thread! This week I got two large lots of vintage patterns from e-bay for next to nothing and they both have wonderful patterns in them. I have a house full of company right now, so I'll just scan one, but later I'll add some of my favorites. The one I really am thrilled about is the only unprinted pattern I have ever seen. (I just started collecting) It's in the same kind of cello packaging as yours is Dr. Sue. Here it is. Paris Original Model by Jacues Heim

I'll scan a few more later. Thanks for starting this thread. It will be fun to see what everyone has collected. Please post more!

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Date: 8/8/05 0:17 AM

Oooh - I can't WAIT to see what people have! I have only a couple of reprinted Vintage Vogues, but one of these days I'm going true vintage hunting. There is just something so fabulous about some of the styles. I love all the darts and shaping too - no lycra knits to fudge fitting issues with! I'll be drooling over this thread for sure.

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Date: 8/8/05 9:27 AM

Well, you really got your money's worth with that Heim pattern! Patterns like that often go for $20 to $40 on ebay, and even more on the dedicated pattern sites. It's a wonderful ensemble.

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Date: 8/8/05 10:13 AM

Really? That pattern came with a group of 16 patterns all from the 40's & 50's for under $14 including shipping! There is one of those wrap around apron dresses that I'll scan. They are mostly in size 16 which I think will work for me. Can't wait to see what everyone else has.

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Date: 8/8/05 6:12 PM

Yup! you got a great deal. I just saw a vogue designer dress from the mid 50's go for $31 and change. There are many Heim patterns from the 60's that don't sell so well. (what were they thinking in the 60's anyway?) Feminine, figure flattering ensembles like yours (and mine above) seem to command the highest prices. So are you going to make it? It looks doable.

These discussions have re-ignited my ebay habit. I've bought up a bunch more in the past few weeks.

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Date: 8/8/05 6:54 PM

Oh good, good, good! I'm glad you are going to be e-bay shopping for more- you know a whole lot more about the styles and patterns that are most collectable, so I'll be checking in often to see what you have found.

I just signed up for a yahoo photo album and scanned a few of mine. I am not kidding- I want to make almost everything I got on these two lots except a couple of late 60's and two early 70's. (I agree, what were they thinking?!)

Ok, I'm going to give it a try. Not sure if it will work, but here is my yahoo album.
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great, it seems to have worked.

Oh, to answer your question, Yes, I am going to give that heim pattern a try. It has a very interesting dart that goes from the rounded neck to the bust, then angles over to the side seam. Did I mention that I also won an auction for 6 yards of vintage cotton print? It's 36" wide and was in perfect condition. I pre-washed it already and will use it for one of these patterns.
Now what else do you and everyone else have in your collections?

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Date: 8/8/05 7:15 PM

After the Vogue, my next favorite is the DuBarry. I've never seen that particular pattern before. It's quite nice and you could wear it as a sundress. Did that apron dress come with your lot? I just saw it on ebay for sale on its own. I was thinking of bidding for it but decided that I had too many other things I wanted more. Best not to spend every cent on vintage patterns, lol. You might check the board and see how much it goes for if that's not the one you bought. I think I just saw it a day or two ago which means its still up there.

I'll try to get some more of mine up. I have so many! I'm trying to arrange them in themes.

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Date: 8/8/05 7:30 PM

Yes, the apron came in my lot. I'll go check it out and watch it. This is almost as fun as actually sewing, since I don't have a whole lot of time for my own sewing these days.
So now, after aquiring all of these patterns, (43 in all) I feel like I need to try to find out the copyright dates of the ones that aren't listed on the envelopes. (why are some not listed?) And also, I want to go through all of them to make sure the pieces are all there. Some of them look like they have never been unfolded. There are three that are unprinted. Those are very interesting to me. I am going to go to the local plumbing supply and buy that material that people have talked about using for tracing. Or to the art supply for tracing paper. But for the meantime, I am enjoying just looking at them!

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