Vintage Pattern Pitfall No. 1

“Enough of the collecting of vintage patterns, I need to make a garment from one!” I decided the other day. I made a few decisions about what my first project should be:

  • I thought I’d start off with a simple top, nothing too complicated, so that if it all went pear-shaped, I wouldn’t have wasted too much effort or fabric.
  • I wanted to use a “real” vintage pattern, you know, the ones where the pattern pieces are not printed, but are just pre-cut shapes with mysterious holes punched in them!
  • I wanted to use a pattern which was my size, but if it was out by one size then that wouldn’t be too bad as I think I could probably handle that – I didn’t want too many challenges all at once!

So I dived into my expanded collection of patterns (I will do another post with pictures of all my latest ones) and found the perfect pattern, it’s a cute, not overly-fitted top, one size too small, with unprinted pattern pieces.  In fact it’s one of the first vintage patterns I bought – Butterick 2179

Butterick Pattern 2179

Butterick Pattern 2179

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A Couple Of Overlocker (Serger) Tips

I’ve had two brainwaves regarding my overlocker (serger for my US friends), which maybe everyone who owns an overlocker has already figured out or knew about forever.  But, just in case someone out there doesn’t know about them, I thought it would be a good service to tell all!

Does your overlocker walk or shimmy across your table while you’re sewing?

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