Okay, so maybe Butterick patterns were on sale for 99 cents at JoAnn’s the other day, and…and maybe I bought a whole bunch of Vintage Butterick reproduction patterns.
I have a weakness…for 99 cent patterns, sure, but also for the vintage repro patterns that Simplicity, Vogue, and Butterick produce. I don’t usually go for Butterick patterns – fit funny on me – but there were just so many cute ones I couldn’t resist! I would have bought MORE if they’d had them all in my size packet.
|can never go wrong with 50s dresses, as if I don’t have enough patterns for them…
The problem is that I have a lot of these, and more than I’m showing you here. I have at least 6 Vintage Vogue patterns, several vintage Simplicities, and a whole mess of genuine vintage patterns, mostly from the 50s. I’ve only ever made up two of the repro patterns! I keep buying them, then not making them into dresses!
|I’m getting more into the 40s lately. I don’t have many original 40s patterns, so I thought I’d try these out.
Time to change that!
I also got the Butterick fitting shell. I read about fitting shells in The Perfect Fit: The Classic Guide to Altering Patterns, and a little online. Basically the fitting shell is the master pattern block for Butterick. Vogue also makes one – apparently it’s exactly the same. You are supposed to fit this thing to you, following the adjustment guide in the instructions, record all your alterations, then make those same alterations on every Butterick pattern you sew with henceforth.
I’m planning to use it as a general fitting block for future patterns I make myself. I hope it will be handy, especially when working out the armscyes, sleeveheads, and collars.
So now I’ve got all these new patterns…guess I’d better start sewing!