1930s Sew-Along with Norma: Patternmaking methods

I think another educational aspect from this project is evolving.  Carol has been so kind and helpful providing me with many scans of patternmaking instructions for skirts and slips.  I always find a review of material like this helpful in learning how the finished shapes of the pattern should look.

I have to admit, though, that I will not be using an authentic 1930s pattern because the system I draft from was created in the 1950s.  It would be a great experience to use older patternmaking systems but to effectively do so requires more time than I have to invest.  I believe that to really know the basics of another system well it takes about 6 months to a year just working on the most basic patterns and sewing up their toiles.  The confidence gained from this is priceless and so is the ability to knowledgably discuss what one did in the process of transformation and fitting.

Since I don’t have the necessary time to delve into vintage patternmaking systems I’ll stick with the system I know.  The challenge comes in creating a pattern that will be close to a 1930s one. If the readers are interested I’ll share photos of my completed patterns so we can compare them to ones from the 1930s.  This would be a continuation of the learning experience.



3 thoughts on “1930s Sew-Along with Norma: Patternmaking methods

  1. A comparison would be really interesting. I have never thought of some of the things you are bringing up so that makes this experience makes it so much better for me than just sewing up a 1930s pattern.
    I just got an email to say my fabric should arrive tomorrow so I’ll probably get started on my toile at the weekend.


    • I’m looking forward to seeing it. I’m still working on my 1950s sheath skirt but that will be finished soon enough. I’m glad you’re learning, too. I feel so good about this project because there’s no deadline. I’ll work on a comparison of gored skirt patterns once I get the draping book. I have a feeling my outfit will undergo more changes before I start the patternmaking/draping process.


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