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Are you enjoying the Great British Sewing Bee? Here Hannah Blackbourne gives you a project to try - how to sew with vintage patterns.


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Sewing with Vintage Patterns


Sewing a vintage pattern can be a great way to connect with the past and with modern Bernina sewing machines it is a much easier task than when the patterns were created. 

I have made up a number of vintage patterns over the years which I have bought through the Internet or at vintage shows. 
 
The pattern I am showing you today is a lovely 1950s jacket. 
 
When selecting a vintage pattern there are a number of factors that must be taken into consideration such as sizing, shape and fit. Modern sizes are a lot larger than in the past, for instance this jacket is a 1950s size 16 and made up to the equivalent of a modern size 12, so it is best to go by the measurements shown and not the printed size. 
 
When selecting a pattern the complexity of the design must be taken into consideration, a seamstress of the 1950s was used to dealing with complicated patterns.  
 
When using a vintage pattern you will find that there are no markings on the pattern pieces unlike today's patterns which are sometimes so heavily printed it can make your head spin!  Perforations and notches give you all the information that you need to transfer to your pattern pieces, then it is a case of carefully following and reading the pattern remembering that seam allowances vary.


 

I'm really drawn to the glamorous artist impressions of the designs that grace the front of the envelope; I think they are works of art in themselves. 



Creating this jacket on a modern Bernina sewing machine using a knee lift, automatic buttonhole foot 3A and built in scissors certainly made it a smoother process.
 
All I need now is a glamorous location to wear it! 





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