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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

More New Patterns!

Earlier this year I posted about getting some new patterns and trying to organize them.  Well, we've had another friend gift a big box of patterns!  I'm excited about the patterns and excited to share them with you.

The majority of patterns come from Stretch & Sew.  They used to have a store near here and I already have a couple of patterns from both my mom's and my grandma's collections.  I was excited to find out that they are still around in the form of this website here, but disappointed to see that their innovation and sense of style seemed to stop in the 1980's. 

Anyway, in the grouping that I found in the box, I was super stoked to find a bunch of men's patterns. I don't have many and I really am just beginning to delve into menswear.

Included were also a couple of kids' patterns and the Stretch & Sew Sewing Book, of which I already own a copy. (yours, mom? i think?) 

There were also  quite a few women's patterns, several of which i am already itching to try, including that jacket pattern fourth from the left on the top row.

There was also an assortment of other varied patterns and leaflets and magazines.

And last, but certainly not least, is, in my opinion, one of the quintessential modern books on basic pattern drafting techniques: Dorothy Moore's Pattern Drafting and Dressmaking.

OMG my nail polish matches the book!! LOL
Yes, the clothing shown in it is a little dated (or i guess coming back around again lol) but the skills shown in it are the essentials.  When I was going through what devouring everything that the library had on patternmaking and sewing and fashion a decade or so ago, I think i copied nearly every page of this down by hand.  It really is wonderful and I'm thrilled to have it in my library.

There's a neat little post from 2010 over at MPB where he starts in on a simple project from this book if you're interested.

All of these new patterns will have to be added in to my new pattern database, of course.  Yes, that's right, I said database. My husband was able to get a discounted copy of Office, of which we will likely use one thing only: Access. Oh how I have missed it... Right now everything is sitting in a spreadsheet patiently waiting, but soon (you know, in between the 15 or so projects I'm trying to finish heh) I'll have everything moved over into a nice, tidy, searchable database. *sigh* ^_^

Hope your week is going well!

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