I love to sew vintage patterns and that means I have to find and buy vintage patterns--right? Well, about a week ago, as the payday patterns started appearing in the mailbox, my husband said, "Haven't you got more patterns than you could possibly sew?"
I looked back at him in surprise and replied, "I'm a pattern collector."
"What does a pattern collector do with patterns?"
"The same thing a thimble collector does with thimbles."
"No. That would expose them to damaging light. I put them in boxes, labeled by type and decade and on the weekends I go through the boxes and dream."
I was so glad the conversation ended before we got into the fine points that separate collecting from hoarding.
I sew a lot of my patterns. I would sew all of them if I had the time. I don't, but I still have big plans. I originally searched only for patterns that I could make into vintage inspired clothing to wear to my day job, but as I searched, I started buying patterns for other reasons.
Some I buy simply because of the lines. I love the simplicity of this designer wedding dress. That's Jean Shrimpton modeling!
Some I buy because they remind me of my childhood--back when getting your first bra, wearing makeup, ratting your hair and slipping into heels was a big deal.
Once upon a time I owned this halter dress pattern. I told my mom that if I made it, surely someone would ask me to prom. She said she wouldn't spend the money to make a dress for an occasion I may or may not be attending. Mom was right. When I saw the pattern on eBay, I snapped it up to remind me to never make a dress on spec.
A lot of patterns I buy because they're funky and old and I like them. These fall into the may-make-if-I-feel-like-an-adventure category.
Some I buy because it would be wrong not to.
And I honestly do sew many of the patterns into clothing that I wear. This is the first vintage pattern I ever sewed. It's from 1935
This is a contender for next year's Harlequin party. I'm hoping it'll be a Black and White Ball. Black satin, white over skirt...or vice versa.
And there it is...a brief sampling of my pattern collection. If you're interested in seeing the patterns I have finished sewing, check out my sewing blog, Retro Sewing Romance Writer. I'm in the middle of a Victoria cut away coat, hoping to get done in time for Dicken's Fair this year.
My question to you--do you collect anything? If so, what do you do with your collection? Looking forward to hearing from you!