Vintage Visage offers 2 types of sewing patterns. We offer original vintage paper patterns which are in our Vintage shop part of the website, and downloadable and emailable diagram patterns in the downloadable patterns section and ebooks section of the site.
Many ask what the difference is, so here we will try to explain fully.
The original paper patterns are just that- they are one off vintage patterns that we have sourced and are the traditional tissue paper full size patterns that you lay straight onto the fabric and cut out. We will only ever have one of each of these patterns, and once we have sold a paper pattern we cannot usually find it again. We check each pattern individually to ensure that all the pieces and instructions are included, so you can buy with confidence that you can get started straightaway. Sometimes some of the patterns have never been used or cut, and other times they are well loved- but all are complete.
This is a lovely example of a 1960s sewing pattern- offering mini, midi and maxi skirts. How can we date them? Firstly we look at the price- before 1968 the price is in shillings and pennies. 1968-72 the price is in decimal pounds and pence AND shillings and pennies ( as companies were not sure that customers understood how to calculate the value of the new price!) and from 1972 onwards all prices were in pounds and pence only. Secondly, we look at the shoes, hairstyles and accessories in the drawing- these shoes are typically mid 1960s. There are other ways too and we will cover that in a blog post later.