Will I recieve a vintage pattern or a new pattern when I order from you?
I sell new patterns on this site which were based on period originals. If you are looking for original vintage sewing patterns you can find them on my Etsy store, and I will gladly combine shipping between sites! Just send me a message or email after checkout to alert me that you have ordered from both sites and I will refund the extra shipping amount, if applicable.
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What size should I choose? Is a size 12 in your patterns the same as a 12 in the clothing shops?
Sizing is based on vintage size guidelines, so are very different than modern ready to wear sizes. To choose your size match your measurements to the size chart and pick the size closest to your largest measurement. Some patterns run small or just spot on for size, so if you are between sizes or desire more ease you might want to pick the next size larger. Some patterns are available in single sizes only and you may need to grade the pattern smaller or larger to your size. Please read the pattern description carefully before ordering to see the sizing available of the pattern you are interested in.
Do Wearing History patterns come in plus sizes?
Wearing History patterns only come in Misses sizes. Curently most patterns are available in up to 40 bust, though the Lounging at the Lido and the 1930s Jumper Dress are available in larger misses sizes. For more larger size reproduction patterns I recommend New Vintage Lady on Etsy.
Pattern and Sewing F.A.Q.
Do you use a modern block for Wearing History patterns?
Most patterns are based on vintage blocks or follow original historic pattern shapes, which are different than modern standards, which is why a muslin mock up is highly suggested (see more information on the "About Wearing History Patterns" page). Changes to improve fit, rise, and bagginess are sometimes done, but the armscyes remain at their vintage level, which is higher and tighter than the fit of modern armscyes.
I am beginning to make patterns based on my own Wearing History blocks, which are drafted from a modern commercial grade dress form and are a blend between vintage and modern fit. The first pattern available is the 1910s Blouse Pattern.
Check the description to see what features the pattern you are interested has, =whether the fit was improved or remains original, and check the measurement chart as it can vary from pattern to pattern.
Why do you say to make a muslin of the garment first? Can't I just cut it out and start sewing?
Every body is different in proportion, even if similar in measurement, and many individuals have different preferences as to fit and ease. Most patterns are based on vintage originals so construction and fit are different than with modern patterns. The rise (or crotch) of the shorts or pants are longer than modern standards, and the sleeves and armscyes are tigheter and higher than modern standards. In addition, some patterns are made to fit over period foundation garments or corsetry so you will need to asses the fit on your figure and alter to your liking. The extra step of creating a muslin will save you fabric in the long run and ensure that your final garment fits exactly the way you desire.
For more information on Wearing History patterns please view the About page.
F.A.Q. for Shipping and Payments
Why does shipping cost more than I pay for authentic vintage patterns and commercial patterns?
Wearing History patterns are printed on good quality bond paper, so are heavier than your standard tissue paper pattern. Some also include a large instruction pack- up to 14 pages in length. I try to keep shipping costs low for their weight and mail them in the most effective way possible- in a lot of cases it's USPS flat rate envelope, which can be a significant savings if you are purchasing two patterns.
What Form of Payment Do You Accept?
I accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or Paypal payments. Select your payment option at checkout.
For information on shipping and payments please view my policies page.
Why are Wearing History patterns more expensive than patterns at my fabric chain store?
Unfortunately, as a smaller one person run independant enterprise, it's not possible for me to compete with the lower price points of larger pattern corporations. However, I strive to make the best quality pattern I can while still meeting a comparable price point for independant historic patterns. For more information on what you recieve with my patterns please read some of the FAQ above and the "About Wearing History Patterns" page. Thanks!
You had a reproduction pattern that is no longer listed. Can I still purchase it?
After patterns are discontinued they are no longer available and will most likely not be reissued again. Sorry!
I don't sew, but I really want one of these outfits. Do you make custom clothing?
I do not offer custom sewing services, but I highly recommend Kim at NudeeDudee on Etsy for your custom vintage sewing needs. If you want something made custom you can purchase the pattern from me for your custom seamstress to use to make an outfit for you. If you are a custom seamstress please purchase one pattern per client, as per industry standards. Fore more info please read the Pattern Use Policy at the bottom of the "Shipping and Policies" page. I appreciate your support!
The pattern I want does not come in my size, do you offer custom grading services?
I do not offer custom grading services. There are a few resources on the internet, however, which will help you learn to grade a pattern to your size. I recommend "How to Resize a Pattern" on Sense and Sensibility Patterns website (she has great patterns, too!). Making Sense of Pattern Grading on the Threads website is helpful as well.
Do you offer Wearing History Patterns in a Print-at-Home option?
I do have have a few digital downloads available, including a 1940s Bra Pattern and the 1940's Overalls Pattern as well as and several knitting patterns and e-books. You can see them in this section of the website.
Do you sell wholesale?
Wholesale is available for approved retail businesses and vendors with a valid resale license. For more information please contact me via the link below.
I have a question or concern about my order
Please log in to your account. Go to the upper right corner and click "Sign in". You should be redirected to a page with a list of choices. If you don't see them, click the "My Account" link at the upper left corner. Choose "View Messages". From there you should be able to send me a message about your order. If you have not yet placed an order, you will need to contact me via an alternate method.
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