Sewing with Vintage Patterns

Collecting and using vintage sewing patterns has become very popular in recent years. Imagine wearing 1950s full feminine skirts or 1960s tailored looks. If you are yearning to make classic styles from designers such as Chanel, Lanvin, and more, checkout vintage patterns.

Many vintage patterns are available in like-new condition. They are an interesting adventure for the experienced sewer, since the instructions call for older fashioned sewing techniques. Sewers with experience can replace these methods with more modern, quicker methods suited for today’s busy lifestyle. However, many lovers of vintage patterns also love the vintage sewing techniques.

Some vintage sewing techniques, such as self-facings, give garments a very professional look.  Couture techniques such as french seams and pinked edge finishes are also popular vintage techniques.  These techniques take time to learn and take more time to use than modern, stream-lined sewing methods, but they are an exciting challenge.

Using self-facings is often necessary for modern special occasion styles, especially those that use delicate fabrics.  Thin fabrics must be faced with thin material in order to maintain their light, airy look.  Because it is slightly crisp, standard organza is an excellent fabric for self-facings and you will encounter it frequently in vintage sewing.

Using self-facing is not one of the more difficult techniques to learn.  It simply takes more patience than using modern fusible interfacing.  Self-facings must be sewn in by hand, using a slip stitch, rather than being fused in with a quick pressing. Many people shy away from hand-sewing, but learning basics like the slip-stitch will make you a more accomplished sewer.  You will be surprised at how quickly hand sewing can go once you get the hang of it.   Whether you sew vintage or contemporary styles, hand sewing is always useful.