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!