Calling all ladies that sew

Discussion in 'The Powder Room' started by AllaboutEve, Aug 24, 2006.

  1. AllaboutEve

    AllaboutEve Practically Family

    Messages:
    924
    Can anyone give me any tips on how best to copy a vintage pattern that I have just bought.
    I just got an early 1950's coat pattern through the post today that I am so in love with and I am taking this to a London tailor to be made as it really is far too advanced for me to attempt at home. I want to make a copy of the pattern first so that I can save the original from harm so that one day someone else can use it too.
    I have never made a copy of a pattern before, but am I right in believing that you need to trace it onto tissue?
    Please help!:) :)
     
  2. BettyValentine

    BettyValentine A-List Customer

    Messages:
    332
    Location:
    NYC
    I've never tried the stuff, but when I ordered a pattern from Folkwear recently they sent me a little sample of some kind of fabric/paper they're selling for people to copy patterns onto. It seems pretty sturdy but is transparent. It kind of feels like interfacing. It seems like it would work very well, but I've never tried.

    I only copied a pattern once, and I just used a tracing wheel w/marking paper and traced it onto wrapping paper since it was all I had in large enough pieces. It was kind of an unplanned thing.


    BV
     
  3. AllaboutEve

    AllaboutEve Practically Family

    Messages:
    924
    Thanks Betty, that was kind of what I was planning on doing too.
    I think I will try to straighten the pieces out with a very gentle iron temperature and then lay them out flat and trace them off.
    I will have a hunt around for that tissue paper that you mentioned and then give it a go.
    Wish me luck!
     
  4. Honey Doll

    Honey Doll Practically Family

    Messages:
    523
    Location:
    Rochester, NY
    I'm certainly no expert on this one, but I recently copied a pattern by pinning it onto very cheap cotton yardage as if I were going to cut it out and tracing around with a fine tip marker-- verrry carefully, then unpinned and folded up the cotton yardage until I need it. Since I got the cheapest cotton I could find at Walmart, the whole project cost maybe $1.50.

    Honey Doll
     
  5. Tourbillion

    Tourbillion Practically Family

    Messages:
    667
    Location:
    Los Angeles
  6. Fleur De Guerre

    Fleur De Guerre Call Me a Cab

    Messages:
    2,056
    Location:
    Walton on Thames, UK
    On that note, you can get it from here too!
     
  7. Lady Day

    Lady Day I'll Lock Up Bartender

    Messages:
    9,083
    Location:
    Crummy town, USA
    Lay each piece out and trace it with tracing paper, and a sharpie.

    Thats how I do all my patterns :)

    LD
     
  8. Snookie

    Snookie Practically Family

    Messages:
    880
    Location:
    Los Angeles Area
    That transparent paper sounds good because you can lay it on top of the pattern and still see the pattern underneath. My current favorite method is to lay the paper on top of the pattern, weight it (with pattern weights, soupcans, staplers, etc. -- NOT pins) and trace. Use a ruler for the straight parts. It goes faster and is neater.

    Having the pattern underneath is easier b/c the edges don't curl away, the pattern doesn't shift, etc.
     
  9. Caledonia

    Caledonia Practically Family

    Messages:
    954
    Location:
    Scotland
    Muslin has been recommended elsewhere in the threads, but you need to make sure it is washed and shrunk before using it apparently. I ordered a bit of the Folkwear material to see what it was about, and will let you know. But in effect all you need is any material/paper that won't change size, that you can pin down to hold it in place, and see through. Best of luck with the coat - is it a fit and flare?
     
  10. AllaboutEve

    AllaboutEve Practically Family

    Messages:
    924
    Thanks Caledonia and everyone who has posted their advice on this subject. I will be interested to know how you get on with the Folkwear material. In the meantime I am busy patching up a few tiny paperbug holes I have found in the pattern!
    In answer to your question yes the it is a fit and flare; an early 50's English Bestway pattern, doubled breasted with a rounded collar a real beauty.I paid far too much on Ebay for it but it was exactly the design I wanted. I will post a pic when I get back home next week if you like.
    I am having it made as I really couldn't attempt this myself as I just don't have enough experience fitting and the back and front both have 3 panels!
    I would have bought something from a shop but there is nothing this shape available anywhere!!!
    Oh well I suppose it's an investment:rolleyes:
     
  11. Caledonia

    Caledonia Practically Family

    Messages:
    954
    Location:
    Scotland
    It sounds beautiful. I have a couple of similar patterns and this style is definitely my 50s coat when I get round to it! Yes, post a pic. I'll fire mine over to Show us Your Purchases when I get a minute. :)
     

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.