Do you keep up with Lisa Comfort’s Youtube channel? I LOVE it. When I’m too tired to do anything else with the day, I watch it on my laptop in bed as my eyelids droop, letting Lisa show me all her lovely fabric hauls and sewing. I don’t have to think at all; I just let that lovely fabric wash over me.
In the latest episode, Lisa spoke about how she planned to adapt a 1970s pattern to make it less clownish, adjusting collar depth and sleeve head volume. Working with a vintage pattern isn’t just about adjusting for fit, it’s also about adjusting for lifestyle.
Do you think I have a preferred vintage silhouette…?
With my Vogue 5098, I adjusted the skirt a lot. I removed four inches of length and pegged it to make it less box-ey.
Eighties patterns can be challenging. Fabric choice helped steer my make of the Simplicity 5599.
One of my early makes was the Butterick B5605. I ended up chopping a lot of length from this skirt, avoiding the 1950s tea length that ends mid-calf. I still have this dress in my wardrobe. I don’t think I’ll ever get rid of it.
What are the adjustments you make to vintage patterns, in order to make them more wearable for the modern day? Do you have a favourite era? There are great details that you often won’t find in modern patterns, but it’s definitely worth knowing which details you want to keep and which to put aside.