Topic: Random KatBox Droppings
So I have a question. Remember my vintage pattern article from a couple years ago? It's from June 2010 and it is in response the the many questions on Yahoo Answers, About.com and other places regarding vintage sewing patterns. http://www.lincatz.com/thelitterbox/index.blog/2032405/sewing-faq-how-do-i-preserve-and-use-vintage-sewing-patterns/ This was the peak of Katy Perry's Bettie Page pin-up obsession and many of her fans wanted to look and dress like she did -and then were flummoxed by the fact old patterns are nothing like new patterns.
This entry is quite popular and it's accessed several times a week. earlier in the years it was being accessed several times a day. Then it stopped.
And then this morning someone sent me a link to this: http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2013/03/sewing-vintage-patterns/ hmmmm....what do y'all think? Should I be as concerned as my anonymous e-mail?
There are several places where the craftsy article and mine are too similar to be a coincidence:
First and foremost, get a roll of butcher paper and trace your pattern pieces (don’t forget to transfer all of the markings). This will help you preserve the original, and the pattern will be easier to work with. Vintage patterns typically don’t have as many markings as modern patterns. Some patterns don’t have any markings at all and rely on perforations (which aren’t consistent across manufacturers). It might take a bit of sleuthing to figure out which pattern piece is what.
Sewing notions have improved in recent decades. For example, you might encounter a pattern written before fusible interfacing was available that instructs you to use muslin. Constructing a garment the way it was done back in the day can be a great learning experience, but if you’re not a purist, feel free to substitute the modern equivalent.
Making a muslin might seem tedious but it will give you a chance to decipher the instructions and make adjustments for fit. Proportions and undergarments have changed a lot, and this will affect how the final garment fits
Try to trace the patterns before using. You will need to alter the patterns, the basic block patterns used to draft fashion patterns has changed greatly over the past 90 years. In the 20's it was assumed you were 5ft2, and slight of build with no shoulders, arm muscles or boobs. The patterns of the fifties are made for someone with sloping shoulders and a girdled up torso shaped like a cone. the patterns of the sixties are made for a straight up and down shape with few curves, by the seventies patterns were designed for a more modern athletic, curvy, ungirdled body. By tracing the patterns you can also make note construction details that are different from modern details, such as "regulation plackets" and bias stiffening, among others. With perforated patterns trace all the holes, don't leave any out. Check measurements carefully, older pattern sizes bear no resemblance to modern pattern sizes, and even less resemblance to modern store sizes. A modern store size 2 will take modern pattern size of 6 or eight and would take a 12 or 14 in older patterns. If the pattern is a size 6 and you are a 16, then refer to these articles from threads on how to enlarge and reduce patterns:
Vintage notions and techniques or modern? Honestly, use modern methods, tools, and notions. Many vintage notions are impossible to find, and some have changed their name. "metal slide fastener" in now known as a zipper, and you would never put a metal zipper in a dress, not when a lighter plastic nylon zipper looks and works better. You can change "regulation plackets" to zippers, sew in organdy to fusible interfacing, bias bound seam allowances to serged seam allowances. Vintage sewing patterns used the most modern tools and techniques available in their day for convenience, so you can use today's modern tools and techniques. Some notions will be impossible to find anyways, when was the last time you saw eight fold organdy backed glue sized bias neck facing in your local store? Some old instruction sheets are very un-helpful as they assume that the dressmaker has been sewing all her life and already has a repertoire of sewing techniques and tools. They don't tell you what to do, they assume you already know how to make a dress.
If you do want to go all out and use vintage techniques here's a collection of vintage sewing books, all scanned and available for free: http://vintagesewing.info/index.html You should also have some modern books to help with other aspects of sewing, especially if the instructions are of poor quality. The Vogue Sewing Book and Reader's digest Complete Book of Sewing are two comprehensive sewing books that have almost everything anyone would need.
So I'm not sure. Was i copied? The writer was smart enough to turn everything into her own words -as all writers are taught when learning how to turn research into an article. There are enough similarities that I'm sure everyone can understand my concern. I'm going to let it pass and keep an eye on craftsy. I keep a close eye for plagarism on burdastyle tutorials already (and caught several copies of things I have written) so I'll be vigilant. I'm sure these two are connected somehow. Keep an eye open but don't overreact.
So that's all for today. I'm taking pictures this afternoon of a couple things I have sewn and some special beads that I got on Thursday. If anyone is interested in buying some of the jewelry I post later in the week e-mail me and we can make a deal!