Beg, borrow, steal, trade or purchase – here is a list of patterns I would like to use. I would be happy to trace them off and return within a few days if you have one to lend.
For me patterns are a means to an end. They are held in wooden Ikea folders until I use them. I don’t take very special care of them in acid free or vacuum packed bags. When I own the pattern I rarely trace off. Unless it is priceless I will cut, extend and trim the pattern to make it work for me. I am happy to use crumbling, yellowed patterns marked with dots and dashes, patterns without envelopes; modern replicas of vintage, any brand (even Women’s Realm or the People), any condition and any size; and I can usually cope with a piece or two that is missing, and although it can be quite hard to make an item without the instructions I will accept instruction-free offers as well. I will pay a fair price. So here are a few patterns (and I will add to this page as we progress) that particularly appeal to me, that I would like to meet in real life (IRL, as they say on the internet).
Please comment below if you have these patterns. My ideal size is 32/34 bust. Thank you.
Also I would like some vintage buttons. Do you have an inherited selection that an old aunt cut off garments before throwing them out? Or something you bought at a sale but never use? I would love to receive old buttons – anything interesting really – but mainly 1/2″ to 1″ across in the following colours:
- dark brown (including leather)
- any shade of blue or purple
- dark green, jade, blue greens
- blue-reds, strong bluish pinks