As of 9/1/2012, we are no longer accepting new participants.
It has been a wonderful year, but as it draws to a close we need to make sure everyone has enough time to finish all their beautiful work.
We have over 700 Test Sewers that have volunteered to sew patterns that probably haven’t fit living people for 80 years to document what they did and give results. The pattern packages will be downloadable pattern sheets, a translation into English of any construction information, and a graphic of the garment.
Construction and cutting information for these patterns are very vague, usually amounting to only a paragraph or two. These patterns come from a different era without all the luxuries that we have come to rely on. They may have no instructions and no markings. Any notes or supplementary information about the construction process that you are willing to share would be wonderful.
The patterns are replicated directly from the original pattern sheet without changes – so sizing tends to run fairly small. 3/8-inch seam allowance will be added, and other information to clarify construction.
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If you would like to help with the project by donating to cover postage or pattern costs, just click on the button below or contact:
Vintage Pattern Lending Library
869 Aileen Street
Oakland, CA 94608