Thursday, February 7, 2013


For those of you that don't know me personally you don't know that my day job is kinda in the fashion industry. I'm a pattern maker for a dance and gymnastic wear company here in Central PA. What a pattern maker does is take the designers dream and make it a reality. I'm a dream maker. Sometimes a dream crusher when stuff doesn't go well! So I make the actual pattern, define how the garment needs to be assembled, give all the specs of the garment and tell the cutters how the fabric needs cut. I also grade the garment so it will fit a child extra small to an adult 3x. There is a lot that is being left out here but you get the point I'm sure.

I love my job and I love patterns. I sometimes dream about garment construction, man that sounds super lame. The other day I was auction hunting (Jonathan and I are fans of attending estate and public auctions) and I saw a crappy picture of boxes of patterns. They looked raggy so that said to me they were old, so we made the trip to the auction to check them out. The first pattern I pulled out was amazing, plus the majority of them looked old and the patterns appeared to be in good condition. Done. I was getting these babies. We spent a couple hours at this crappy auction that was a big sale of junk. I killed all the other bidders on my patterns because if I sat there for all this time and I walked away empty handed someone was going down. I didn't lose.

So now I am the proud owner of 100+ patterns (I stopped counting at 100 and I had a whole box left) dating from 1943 to 1973. The majority being 1950-1960s era. I'm dying to start making these awesome vintage fashions!


  1. wow, i had no idea that you did that! what a cool job, and a great find with these patterns!

  2. I have 100+ patterns too but I have no idea how to draft them. Seriously, I'm always blown away by the talent of pattern makers. I just can't get my head to work that way.


  3. Wow! What a cool job you have! I just found you - through Peony For You Thoughts! This might be a dumb question but do you have any posts about grading down/altering an existing garment? Normally when I am altering a vintage piece I just put it on inside out, pin it to size and then carefully pull it off and sew. This works well enough but there are definitely times when proportions are thrown off and don't look quite so well. It would be awesome to know how to do things a bit more proper.
    Hopefully all that made sense. I'm pretty much self taught at the sewing machine so I'm a bit lacking in the lingo ;)