I'm making progress on my Fall for Cotton dress. This is my first time using a vintage pattern and I thought I would share a few of the differences between this pattern and the modern ones I'm used to.
I was surprised by how sturdy the tissue paper is for the pieces. Although faded, there is no degradation. It has been cut by a previous owner and you can see holes where they copied the darts, tuck lines, buttonholes etc but it doesn't look like it will split anytime soon. The instructions sheet is so different though. It is very fragile and is splitting dramatically along the fold lines. The holes in the left side get bigger every time I touch the paper. I knew it wouldn't survive the creation process so I took detailed photos of the bits I need. I like to choose electronic options were possible but I have missed being able to tick off which steps I have completed, especially when I don't follow them in order.
This is a printed pattern but there is more information on the pieces that I normally see. I'm pleased I took the time to look at them before I cut out. The first thing I noticed is that the cutting line and the seam line are included. On every piece, the seam line is marked in full. They are mainly 5/8" but there are a few 1/4" knocking around.
All of the notches are numbered and referred to in the instructions. I didn't realise this when I started and have had to disregard them as I didn't mark the numbers on my fabric. I don't think it has made much difference.
The terminology of the pattern is also different. It took me a while to realise that "seam" meant sew or stitch, or at least I think it does. The illustrations can be a little confusing, like the one below. Joining the facings looks easy enough but working out which stitching line you were meant to be looking at in the bottom diagram is harder.
I've managed to get through it though and I only have a couple of steps left to go. Hopefully it won't be long before I can share the completed dress with you.
What differences have you noticed with vintage patterns compared to modern ones?