Do you remember my plans for my vintage dress?
It's time to start. Yesterday I met with my sewing friend Anja (blogless) and traced the pattern, since it is pretty fragile and I wanted to preserve the pattern.
To trace it, I used my all-plastic tracing wheel, which will not pinch the pattern.
I laid out my tracing paper and my blue wax tracing sheet with the waxed side on top of the paper. The back side of the wax tracing sheet facing me, I placed the pattern on top and weighted it down with what I had at hand.
Actually that was a lot easier at my friends house yesterday since she does not have 2 little helpers
The notches on the pattern became 2 straight lines on my tracing: I added the numbers and all the important hints later with a pencil
Be sure to label all your pattern pieces!
When I was tracing I discovered some little details, that makes vintage patterns so precious:
A shoulder dart! On a dress! And a adjust-shoulder-width-here marking
And it seems that I'm not the only one, who will ever make a dress from this pattern. There has also been a person in the past, who made this dress. And the person the dress was intended for was shorter than me, because the pattern was shortened at the "shorten here" lines ( by folding and sticking in pins! The pins where still there!!!) and she had more bust than me because the dart was adjusted that way.
These small signs make me feel connected to the or one of the previous owners of this pattern. Unfortunately I or she mislaid the sleeve pattern! YIKES. That means
a) pattern drafting or
b) morphing another sleeve pattern to the dress. We'll see.
I'll be on a sewing weekend this weekend and hope to make my muslin there and have all the other ladies help me make this dress fit!
Stay tuned for part II