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What annoys you most about vintage patterns? [Jul. 1st, 2007|01:55 pm]
Sewing from vintage 60s patterns

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[oh_meow]
[music |Felt - forever breathes the lonely word]

Here's mine

1) Neck & arm facings. I hate hate hate them, I always leave them out, turning the edge under or lining the top instead (I hate raw zig-zagged neck holes too, they remind me of school play costumes made out of shiny polyester by someone's mum)

2) The insistence on marking things using tailor's tacks. My school textiles teacher was obsessed by the things (that and linen), no tailor's chalk was allowed anywhere near the holy fabric. For the kind of polycottons I tend to sew with it really makes no difference whatsoever, it's not like I'm marking it with permanent marker.

3) The way patterns from the 60s for mini dresses always have the hem about 8 inches longer than your knees, just in case on of their customers from the Outer Hebrides or somewhere was put off by the skirt being daringly short on these new fashions (no offence intended to the fine people of the Outer Hebrides in the early 60s of course)

4) Pressed darts. I always slash the centre line myself and mark the widest part of the dart.

Anyone else?
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[User Picture]From: spacelog
2007-07-01 01:31 pm (UTC)

I couldn't agree with you more.

1. Facings. I just don't do them. I know there are some garments that can't be done without them, but seriously, 99,9% of all garments are just fine without. I use a variety of methods instead: bias tape, turning the edges, serging, lining... You name it.

2. Tacking is a pain in the arse, and I think it's almost obsolete since nowadays there are so many wonderful marking pens and chalks and things which don't smudge and come right off. I have been known to use even magic markers when I'm making mockups, sometimes even finished garments with magic marker markings on the inside.

3. My mother has tons of old patterns from the turn of the sixties to seventies and her hemlines are shorter than some of my belts! But yes, I know from the early 60's patterns that hemlines which state "mini dress" are hardly minis anymore.

4. I use different darts for different fabrics and I usually decide which kind of darts to make when I get there. So yes, pressing the darts isn't always the way to go. Maybe the fabrics were all the same in the sixties and they behaved the same way, so pressing the darts was considered the norm.

5. Breasts are usually cut very pointy. I know it's the 50's thing and a lot of 60's patterns still have that, and it can be easily changed, but it still amazes me how pointy the bossom was back then. I'm talking about Madonna-pointy here.
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[User Picture]From: spacelog
2007-07-01 01:33 pm (UTC)

Re: I couldn't agree with you more.

Oh, and how could I forget!

7. Arms too narrow. Maybe I just have wide shoulders, which I do, and maybe I just have thick arms, which I do, but the sleeves on shirts and jackets are insanely narrow! Even my thin little sister couldn't fit into one of my grandma's old vintage shirts! The torso was perfect but the sleeves got stuck so badly I just cut them out and finished the armholes.
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[User Picture]From: spacelog
2007-07-01 01:35 pm (UTC)

Re: I couldn't agree with you more.

6. Trousers having very, very narrow waists compared to hip measurement. This doesn't bother that much if I'm wearing a corset, and a lot of this is due to the fact that still in the 60's women usually wore shaping underwear. Not necessarily corsets, but corselettes and those funny hip-tubes and whatnot...
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[User Picture]From: oh_meow
2007-07-01 01:46 pm (UTC)

Re: I couldn't agree with you more.

Maybe the finns of the 60s had very weedy arms? I have very narrow shoulders and pipe cleaner arms myself, so it's not an issue I have noticed before.
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[User Picture]From: oh_meow
2007-07-01 01:50 pm (UTC)

Re: I couldn't agree with you more.

On the darts issue I like to use quite thick, stiff polycottons or corduroys that don't fray easily, and I pink'bias tape the inside edge as well, so I guess I don't have to worry about disintegrating darts
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[User Picture]From: spacelog
2007-07-01 02:03 pm (UTC)

Re: I couldn't agree with you more.

That would be very odd, since Finland in the 60's was quite rural in the sense that about every other family was farmers of some sort. They wouldn't have weedy arms.

Or maybe they did, compared to the fact that this nation has grown fatter and fatter through the ages...
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[User Picture]From: oh_meow
2007-07-01 02:07 pm (UTC)

Re: I couldn't agree with you more.

They would waste away all the muscles when they got drunk on friday night of course.
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[User Picture]From: oh_meow
2007-07-01 02:08 pm (UTC)

Re: I couldn't agree with you more.

The old ladies probably have beefed up their muscles since by playing fruit machines all the time. Pulling that handle is a tough workout.
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[User Picture]From: spacelog
2007-07-01 02:09 pm (UTC)

Re: I couldn't agree with you more.

True dat.
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[User Picture]From: altglas
2007-07-01 09:39 pm (UTC)

Re: I couldn't agree with you more.

YES! the pointy breasts!
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