Wednesday, May 28, 2008

When to offer Incomplete Patterns!

A recent discussion on one of my Chat Boards led to the question, When to offer incomplete patterns.

The general agreement was that most Vintage patterns have some value. Even if there are missing pieces or missing instructions. I happened to be checking a batch that very afternoon and ran across these three that are all flawed.......but still have value to someone.

This adorable 30's Butterick is missing the instructions and is unprinted. But for a designer or costumer or the experienced tailor/seamstress it would be no major issue to construct this fabulous sports outfit. It has a halter top, loose pleated shorts, polo style shirt and flared button front skirt. Now who in their right mind could throw this away?

And this BEAUTY from 1939. The detailing is exquisite. The sad thing is that the Skirt Front piece is missing. But again, someone with experience could reconstruct the skirt by using the back of the skirt and the bodice pieces. So again it's value may be lessened but it is not worthless.

And finally................the bodice treatment on this 1945 dress is unique and stunning and Oh So Flattering. But the entire pattern is missing and all that is left is the drawing and the instructions. But do we destroy it? Heavens NO! This would be a fantastic creative project for a design student or even the more seasoned designer. Take the instructions and figure out how to cut and sew this lovely dress.