Amy, from Sews N Bows, suggested I add a pattern to the You Can't Judge an Ugly Vintage Pattern by its Cover Party. Great idea!!!
First up, find out what constitutes vintage...
When I think of the word vintage, the first thing that springs to mind is a word I shy away from... old. Now when I was a kid, all I wanted to be was older. Now that I am older, I think... why did I want to get there SO quickly?
I recently commented to a blogging friend about the age of vintage patterns. If patterns from the 50s and 60s were vintage, did that make us vintage, too... LOL!!!
OK... I'd better find out the definition of vintage...
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The starting date for defining vintage cars is easy... when they were first built. According to Wikipedia, there is debate as to the end date. Some put it at 1925, some 1930 and some even as late as 1939. Yes, that sounds OLD. Definitely not me!!!
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Look at the date on the vintage champagne... 1995. I'm feeling better now. I can guarantee almost everyone reading this post was born before 1995. In certain wines, vintage can denote quality. Quality; yes, I like that definition. I won't read any further to find out about other wines. I'll stick with quality!
Back to clothes. About.com defines vintage clothes as being between 20 to 100 years old. Older than 100 years and they become antique. Now that's really old.
In America, commercial sewing patterns were first produced in 1860. I can't find whether they were produce elsewhere before this. Butterick have been around since 1863, McCalls since 1870 and Vogue since 1899. Simplicity are a relative new comer, beginning in 1927.
It's a bit hard to tell what defines a vintage sewing pattern, but it seems that it's any original pattern that was produced between 1920 to 1980s/1990s. If it's older that 1920s it's an antique.
If you've been reading Threading My Way for a while, you'll know that I gave away ALL my
However, I do now have one vintage kids' pattern that a friend has lent to me and several fabulous vintage women's patterns that I won over at Unconventional Katie.
Here's the kids' pattern made to fit sizes 3 - 10 and probably printed in the 80s.
Check out the collar!!! It's more like a bib or a burp cloth. If I made that for one of the little people in the family, they'd tell me in no uncertain terms... I'm not a baby! I don't need a bib!
Now if it was a sailor's collar, it might, just might be OK. That would bring in the cute factor, but even then I'm not sure.
However, version 2, the red dress, is cute. And it has a dropped waist. I wore dresses with a dropped waist in my teens and I loved them. Then again, I loved the empire waist dresses we wore a couple of years later.
Never mind what I wore, Amy predicts that dropped waists will be back in fashion next year, so this vintage pattern will be perfect. Perhaps it's a tad short for now-a-days, but that's easily fixed. Maybe change the little pointed collar to a Peter Pan style and leave off the black neck tie and it'll be a just right for an up to the minute, fashionable Winter dress.