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I'm encouraged these days by the interest so many sewists have shown in collecting and using vintage patterns! If you'll notice, some of the pattern envelopes will bear the words "printed pattern." That means the pattern tissue has information printed in ink on all the pieces: the pattern company's name, the style number, the size, identifying information about every pattern piece (front, back, sleeve, etc.), cutting lines, stitching lines, notches, and more. Why the mention about the "printed pattern"? Because earlier home sewing patterns were not published this way. The pattern pieces were not printed with ink on large pieces of tissue, as they are today. The pattern pieces came already separated and the information upon them was indicated by perforations in the tissue. If you own a vintage pattern like this, there are a few things to do before you get down to stitching.

Technique Materials

pattern, marking pencils/pens, marking tools, pattern paper, dry iron, tape (for paper)


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