Hello Friends, today I am blogging from my sewing room – no no, it’s not finished yet…there are piles of stuff on the floor, on the sewing tables and the cutting table so it’s quite messy still; BUT the important thing to focus on is I am actually in my sewing room and functioning! I’ve spent the day ironing vintage sewing patterns and adding them to the Flickr photo inventory and the collection which now resides in drawers instead of Rubber Maid plastic tubs. I showed you this sweet Vogue 2329 layette pattern when I purchased it; it’s now arrived. There was something familiar about it so I thought I’d have a look at the two other Vogue layette patterns I have to do a bit of comparison.
Low and behold viewers, I couldn’t quite believe my eyes. Three entirely different pattern numbers but three identical patterns. The artwork is almost identical between the three; the colours of certain pieces have been altered, the babies have been changed a little but the designs of the garments are identical!! The pattern on the left is from 1943, the middle is from 1950 and the one on the right is from 1957. Pattern re-releases/re-issues aren’t unusual Readers; pattern designs can even be retired and the number be given to an entirely different garment.
As you can see, Vogue pattern envelopes underwent a change – from what I can find out there was three envelope changes during the 1950s decade. Vogue 2752 was in the final change of the decade somewhere around the middle of the decade.
There were other changes afoot at Vogue during the 1950s…you guessed it; they changed from pre-cut patterns to printed patterns. Printed patterns are easier to navigate in comparison to their earlier siblings.
Take a gander at the pattern pieces in the diagram from the instruction sheet. The pieces have notches, which today’s patterns have too, but the older pre-cut patterns have differing sized circles, triangle and square cut perforations to mark things like gathering etc
This sleeve guide pattern piece shows, from left to right: a circle perforation, square perforation, another circle perforation, a triangle perforation and another circle perforation. You might be able to see on the legend on the picture diagram that explains what each shape means: “Match corresponding notches (> or >>) and perforation (square shape or triangle shape [ I can’t find the actual shapes on my keyboard]). Large ( O O) perforations indicate fold of material.” Once you get used to the differences in the earlier patterns, they’re really not that hard to work out.
Friends, I hope you enjoyed my first blog post from my ‘almost, but not quite,’ finished sewing room! I certainly did…let’s hope that I can still get through the door tomorrow; the state of the room changes daily at the moment.