Thursday, July 25, 2013

Focus On: Collars

By Sherri of Sew Betty and Dot

We may not often give too much thought to collars, but the collar in its many forms is an important design element on a garment: when one says "Peter Pan," "sailor," or "Mandarin," we all instantly know what those specific collars look like. And the word "collar" features in several English-language idioms: "blue collar worker"; "hot under the collar"; and in law enforcement terminology, a suspect is "collared" (perhaps derived from the fact that policemen grabbed suspects by the belt and collar).

The history of collars is a bit murky, but it appears that they developed out of the drawstring edge of a chemise, the undergarment that men and women wore for centuries under their outer garments. That ruffled edge developed into ruffs--think Queen Elizabeth I--and then into other forms and shapes.

Until the early twentieth century, men's shirts had detachable collars (and cuffs)--because the body of the shirt was usually hidden under a waistcoat or jacket when the man was out in public, the fact that it hadn't been washed for several weeks wasn't readily apparent; filthy collars and cuffs, however, would be instantly noticed, so clean ones could be substituted much more frequently than the shirt itself was laundered.

Let's take a look at some collars--by no means an exhaustive examination--and observe how they change the look and feel of a garment.
 Clockwise from top left:
1. Stand-up collar with horseshoe neckline: Simplicity 8307
2. Sailor collar: Butterick 3532
3. Wide notched collar: McCall's 5251
4. Jabot collar: Butterick 4658: DejaVu Patterns

Clockwise from top left:
1. Petal collar:  Simplicity 8485
2. Nehru (technically a Mandarin collared jacket, but wanted to show the guys some love!): McCall's 9484
3. Cape collar: Advance 8234
4. Ruffled collar on bateau neckline: Vogue 1355
 Clockwise from top left:
1. Peter Pan collar: McCall's 4162
2. Roll collar: Advance 3111
3. Ruffled collar on V-neck: Simplicity 5896
4. Flat collar with ruffle: Simplicity 4913
Clockwise from top left: 
1. Mandarin collar: Simplicity 6537
2. Sailor collar: Marian Martin 9442
3. Bow collar (and Mandarin!): Simplicity 3438
4. Scalloped shawl collar: Butterick 4558
 Clockwise from top left:
1. Dog ear collar: Simplicity 9691
2. Cowl collar:  Vogue 5558
3. Wing collar: Butterick 5216
4. Chelsea collar: Simplicity 3615

Picture yourself in one of these collar styles--which one do you prefer? Tell us in the comments If your favorite style is not pictured here, tell us about it.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Busting the Summer Boredom Blues

By Ally B.  of Design Rewind Fashions 

Lazy summer days are the things dreams are made of . . . unless you are a kid on summer break without a clue of what to do.   At some point we all hear those dreaded words, “I’m bored!”  

Sewing is a wonderful way to keep kids entertained, help them learn a truly valuable life skill, and give you the opportunity to learn a little more about how your child works.  

A few months ago I discovered Simplicity 8431 – a 1969 vintage pattern of zodiac transfers appliques.  

What I find to be the best feature of this pattern/transfer is the ease of making something children and adults will find adorable.  It is also a fun project to do during summer to give later for holiday or birthday gifts.

My middle school age daughters have not sewn much.  Since they both are fierce perfectionist, I wanted their project to be a little challenging for their skill set and yet give them a boost of confidence that sewing is fun when they saw their end product.  Keep this in mind when picking a pattern for a child or even for yourself if you are new to sewing. We all want our work to look like the pattern envelope – or better.   Vogue Couturier looks amazing but if you begin with items that are highly difficult to construct it is likely your project will never see the light of day.

Most children have an innate desire to construct or create.  The process of choosing fabric to the thrill of operating a sewing machine (“something grown-ups do”) gives them a sense of ownership in the project.   My daughters chose to put their transfers onto pillows they would make (Simplicity 8431 does not come with pillow patterns – it is just the transfer so you will need to decide how to use it.  Placing the transfer on a book bag would also look cute too).

Their pillows turned out amazing!  What I love most is the pillows are just one outcome of this project.  We also spent a really fun day together and they helped each other learn skills the other had already figured out.  They also were beaming with pride when their creatures started to materialize from all the bits of felt. Yes, there were moments of frustration but they were short-lived and now they have their own, very unique pillows.  Well, until the holidays.  They decided to make pillows for all their aunts, uncles and grandparents.

Below is a small selection of patterns available in Etsy shops from some members of the Pattern Patter team.  These have been selected for their ease of construction.  Do you love to sew?  Take some time to teach the next generation.   They will always remember you for it!

1960s Pattern Nightgown 2 lengths includes Pillow Case Pattern Misses Size 10
Simplicity 9740 Pillow Toys Monkey Turtle Cat Owl Can Be Pajama bags Elephant Frog Christmas Gift Uncut- 3

1970s Top Shorts Pants and Skirt Pattern McCalls 6019 Bust 32 Womens Vintage Sewing Pattern Quick & Easy Separates UNCUT
On Sale McCalls Skirt Pattern M6327 - Misses' Pull-on Skirt in Five Variations - Sz 6/8/10/12

1970s Handbag and Hat Pattern Simplicity 9655 Womens Newsboy Cap Toboggan Purse Belts Vintage Sewing Pattern One Size

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Christmas Is Coming...

By Sherri from Sew Betty and Dot

It's Christmas! (Well, it's Christmas in July, in any case--and for those who don't celebrate the holiday, there are patterns below that are great for any celebration).

Are you ready? Only five months to go! The Pattern Patter team has just celebrated Christmas in July with a big pattern blitz: tons of fun craft, doll, home dec, and Christmas patterns (as well as the usual fantastic selection of beautiful clothing patterns) were posted, just in time for some summer (or winter, if you're in the Southern Hemisphere) crafting. Why wait until November? Get started right now: set up your sewing machine right in front of the air conditioner (or heater), pour yourself some lemonade (or a cuppa), and off you go!

'Twas the night [or five months] before Christmas, and all through the house
Vintage Miniature Christmas Village Pattern Book Aida Plus 3D Cross Stitch Houses Church School Store
Cross Stitch House Patterns: All Fairy Vintage
  Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
Butterick 6383 Sewing Pattern, Stuffed Mice, Merry Mice Cover Ups,  Luv N Stuff, Craft Pattern, Christmas Pattern, Stockings, Ornaments
Butterick 6383: Sew Betty and Dot

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,

McCalls 3425 Christmas Tree Card Holdern, Stockings, Pillow and Tree Skirt Christmas Decorations. Uncut- 3
McCall's 3425: RosesPatternTreasury

In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.

1994 Sewing Pattern SANTA Christmas Costume with Sack and Doll - size small - bust or chest 34 to 36" (87 to 92 cm) McCall's 7384
McCall's 7384: HoneymoonBus

The children were nestled, all snug in their beds,
Holly Hobbie Crib Youth Bed Quilt Pillowcase 1970s Simplicity 6702 Vintage Sewing Pattern UNCUT
Simplicity 6702: PatternShop

While visions of sugar plums danced in their heads.
And Mama in her kerchief and I in my cap

1940s Vintage Sewing Pattern Simplicity 1023 Gathered Skirt Scoop Neck Dress Size 18 Bust 36 1943 40s UNCUT
Simplicity 1023: Historically Patterns

Had just settled our brains for a long winter's nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash. [Wrong sash, I know, but poetic license here!]
Vogue 7810 Retro 1970s Tunic, Sash, Skirt or Pants Sewing Pattern Sz 8
Vogue 7810: DejaVuPatterns

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,
Jingle Bell Sleigh - OOP Patch Press
Patch Press 362B: FabPatterns 1015

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:

N ow, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen! [Work with me here...]
On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"
Vintage 70's Authentic Patterns Inc  309   Ladies' Square Dance Dress, Westernwear   Junior Size 5-7-9  UNCUT
Authentic Patterns 309: OmasBricaBrac

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St. Nicholas too
1980s Simplicity 8378 Designer Dinosaurs Pattern Stuffed Toy Sewing Pattern 7 1/2  12 13 1/2 Inches  Vintage Craft Sewing Pattern UNCUT
Simplicity 8378: MBChills
Butterick 4252 Vintage 1980s Country Plush Doll Toy Sewing Pattern Toy Doll 26 inch tall
Butterick 4252: PeoplePackages
1970s Simplicity Boy Girl Pattern for Farmyard Friends Animals and Barn Tote Bag UNCUT Toy Sewing Pattern
Simplicity 9018: Patterns from the Past
Teddy Bear Patterns and Instruction Books Craft Books
Teddy Bear Pattern Books: EmSewCrazy
On Sale Vintage 1940s Simplicity 4815 UNCUT Stand Up Doll Horse Deer Dog and Bunny Stuffed Toy Sewing Pattern
Simplicity 4815: RomasMaison

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.
Vintage Tote Bags and Back Pack Sewing Pattern McCalls 5651 1970s Sport Bags and Carry All Bags Tennis Golf Ski Bags UNCUT
McCall's 5651:

His eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;
1980s VOGUE Sewing Pattern 7321 Santa Doll 26 inch and 49 inch Santa Doll Designed by Linda Carr Vintage Vogue Sewing Pattern
Vogue 7321: JFerrariDesigns

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly.
Vintage Christmas Wreath, Sew and Stuff Wreath, Fabric Wreath, Printed Fabric Wreath to Be Sewn, Christmas Decor
Sew and Stuff Wreath: Sew Betty and Dot
 He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;

1960s Vintage Sewing Pattern - Pixi Dolls Christmas Elves - McCalls 7099 16 Inch Dolls
McCall's 7099: Selvedge Shop
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night."

There are loads more wonderful Christmas, doll, toy, and craft patterns (not to mention fabulous frocks for holiday soirees and outfits for the little ones to wear to see the Nutcracker) from Pattern Patter team members, so get cracking: you only have five months left!

Friday, July 5, 2013

July Fashion Trends Vintage Pattern Style

by Amy Russo of Vienna’s Grace

As I watched videos of Paris and New York fashion week for Autumn /Winter 2013-14 season, a dominate design element kept popping up; hip draping. From Christian Dior to Guy Laroche, I noticed designers placing an prominent accent on the hips. Some with elegant tiny hip pleats, like Carolina Herrera (….oh how I love her designs), and quite a few others with very heavy hip sashes, like seen below from Vera Wang and Balmain. So I set out to see if these classic yet unique design elements could be found or even mimicked in our vintage patterns. Although some of the heavy hip draping would not be of interest to many of our buyers, how could they get that fashion trend in a much more wearable way?

My eyes scoured page after page of Pattern Patter team members’ shops and I found so many ways to obtain the look of this hip draping trend. Below are just a few examples of the patterns and styles I joyfully discovered. You can see the illusion of hip width from a side bustle, gathered wide set pockets, and straight forward front seam rouching. I do think this has been a classic design trend for decades, but will it be in the ready to wear departments this fall? Well, if designers have anything to say about it, we will be seeing gathers, swags, hip pleats and side bustles. So when you are listing patterns for the Fall and Winter seamstress, take a closer look; does that 1940s dress drape or that 80s skirt swag? Try finding new and creative tags to describe this unique design element. Always remember to include patternpatter, the pattern era, bust size, and all the expected search phrases, but add one or two key descriptive words unique to the pattern. This will help the DIY fashion huntress add hip draping into her trendy, but not spendy wardrobe.

Here are just a few ideas to add into your listing title and tags: drape, drapey, draping, drapes, overskirt, hip, hips, hipline, girdle, ruching, ruched, swag, swags, Grecian, Greek, sarong, wrap front, gathers, gathering, gathered, pleat, pleated, pleats, pleating, side bustle, hip sash, sashes.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Christmas In July Blitz!

HoHoHo! Merry Christmas! As the sweat pours down and temperatures continue to rise for those of us in the northern hemisphere it's time for us to keep busy inside, getting a jumpstart on those Christmas plans. To help you in your endeavors, the delightful PatternPatter team is having a blitz today. You can see all the new listings in this thread, which also includes a list of shops offering sales. So what are we offering?
Things to keep kids busy!

Vintage Christmas Sew and Stuff Ornaments, Christmas Decor, Santas Helpers, Fabric Animals to Stuff, Fabric Tree Ornaments, Holiday Decor
 PrePrinted Fabric panels like these are great for getting kids involved since the cutting
and sewing lines are already printed. From Sew Betty and Dot
Christmas Rocking Horse Placemat Fabric Panel Cranston Print Works Fabric Destash
Placemats for the Christmas table or make them seat mats for the kids to sit on around the tree
Christmas morning. From EmSewCrazy
Christmas Ornaments Santa Claus Candy Cane Stocking Fireplace Counted Thread Cross Stitch Kit NMI Needlemagic
Keep those nimble fingers busy!

Things to keep you warm!
baby BUNTING infant snuggly suit hat VERY EASY Butterick 5091 pattern
Sweet Baby Bunting
Vintage 1960's Mod Poncho, Pants and Mini Skirt, McCall's Sewing Pattern 8476, Size 14
For those who deal with more rain than snow.
1960 Slim Straight Slacks with Reversible Coat with Convertible Hood Vogue 5120 Size 16 Bust 36 UNCUT
Something more along the lines of what I need to wear in winter.
1970s Boys Pajamas Pattern Kwik Sew 450 Vintage Sewing Pattern Ages 4-5-6
For Staying In
Girls Formal Princess Dress & Jacket Pattern Vogue 7503 UNCUT Size 7 8 10
For Going Out
Vintage 1960s Sewing Pattern Misses Dress Full or Slim Skirt  Front Yoke Size 12 Bust 32 McCalls 5811 UNCUT
For Whatever You May Be About
Where ever you are, I hope you are having a wonderful day! See ya around!