Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Pattern Cutting Guilt

Does anyone else experience pangs of guilt when cutting into an unused vintage pattern?   My Simplicity 4732 from '43 arrived a few days ago, followed by the fabric I intended to make it out of.

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I opened the pattern envelope.....and it's still factory folded. Uncut, unused, in pristine condition. I couldn't bring myself to unfold it.  It's over 70 years old, how could I be the first to use it?  So back into it's protective bag it went.

My Simplicity 1625 from '56 also arrived, so I decided to start on that first.  I'm making View 3.  For fabric, I'm using this feedsack from Etsy.  I've had it for a couple months, but it's been a little too small for any other pattern.  According to the envelope, it should juuuuust fit!

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I open up my pattern envelope....and it's also uncut. Perfect. Factory folded. Guiltily, I unfold the pattern.

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It looks so nice.  So crisp, so new!  With a heavy sigh, I lay it on my fabric.  Perfect! Just enough.

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I get all my pattern pieces cut out, and start to assemble the bodice.  What's that?  I was supposed to cut FOUR of each facing piece?  Uh oh.  Dig the scraps out of the storage bin and see what we're working with.

Hey, just enough.

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The construction is pretty straightforward.  There's four darts in the front and two in the back, and instead of a neckline facing, you simply fold it over.  I left off with the bodice done and saved the straps for another day.

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Maybe someday I'll get over it and unfold my Simplicity 4732.  For now, I'm happy just to have it in my collection.

5 comments:

  1. Haha, what a brilliant post...I know that guilty feeling very well! Some patterns are just great to have, even if it's just to look at them and swoon ;o) I love your feedsack fabric by the way, your top's going to be absolutely gorgeous!!!

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  2. You could always trace the pattern, Tasia at Sewaholic did a nice little tutorial on tracing vintage patterns

    But as for that blouse (which is, amazing)- did you get it off eBay? If so you totally broke my heart as I was bidding on it, but it finished when I was asleep (live in Australia). Aaaah well I can't blame you if yes, you obviously have incredible taste!

    RL x

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  3. With vintage patterns, to save the cutting guilt and so that I can alter then easily, I trace them and leave the original uncut. Yes it takes longer but it means I can shorten and adjust the pattern, and it doesn't matter if I pin it lots too. I even do this with modern ones now just because if I make them again in a different size I can just trace off the next size rather than buying a new pattern. This may ease your guilt a little.

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  4. I trace the pieces I know will need altering. Then if goes wrong, I can just re-trace :)
    Ashley x

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  5. I never cut patterns because of the guilt. I always trace with Swedish Tracing paper. I once cut a pattern for my daughter and then when she grew I wanted to make it again in the bigger size but I couldn't buy it again. I felt like I had totally wasted that $1.99 I'd paid. I didn't know anyone cut vintage patterns until recently on another blog. I thought people only cut new patterns.

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