I added "scallops" & "slits" to the categories on this one because the envelope describes it as a "scalloped effect at lower front edges." I'm not sure if there is a more apt choice in categories, but I wanted to track it since it was a little unusual.
If something describes it better, please let me know & I'll fix it.
I am interested in 1950's era dresses, skirts and blouses/tops. Maybe even a wool coat as I become more experienced at sewing from patterns. I am 51 y.o., and I have a large bust, and I find nearly all modern clothing either does not accommodate my chest, or it fits like a potato sack and looks frumpy and maternity-esk on me. So I decided to switch my wardrobe over to 1950's styling. But the Chinese made stuff on Amazon, and even more highend websites (Unique Vintage, Top Vintage) are cheaply made with unimpressive fabrics, most things unlined, and most of the time they do NOT extend the bust length for larger chested sizes. So the waistline ends up right under my boobs and looks like I am trying to wear my little sister's clothing. At $80+ for the nicer stuff, it's a ripoff. So I decided to start making my own clothing. I have several vintage patterns I have seen on Esty, but unfortunately they are smaller sized patterns. So I have come here to try to find them, or, in one case, I saw a dress pattern I LOVE, but the pattern number was ripped off the packaging and after searching at least 15 pages (likely more than that...) of Vogue patterns trying to find a picture that matched the package I was seeing on Esty, I gave up without ever finding it. Part of the problem is that the thumbnail images are SOOOOO tiny, I cannot see what I am lookng at, and to click on each one, takes some time to load the page, then to back arrow and reload the search page---it's excrutiatingly slow. I spent 3.5 hours the other day trying to find that dress on this wiki with no luck. I am not even confident I did not miss it, as I scrolled only clicking on what I thought was a likely match, since I could not really see the thumbnails. You have a fantastic archive of historical importance, but the limitations of this platform seem to make it less user friendly. Is there a better way for me to search for specific things, or even to browse, say, vintage blouse patterns, without clicking on 1,000 things to examine the picture? Any help would be appreciated. And please, in no way think that I am slighting the amount of work that went into scanning all of these patterns. It's truly amazing, I just wish I could use it effectively as a resource.
Thanks for the reply. When you say I could search by looking at a specific feature, do you mean something like a specific collar design, cut of the dress (wiggle dress, full circle, a-line, etc?) or something like that? If so, where would I go on this wiki to do that? I don't see a search bar specifically for this page. Thanks again for the help, and I am sorry if this seems like a ridiculous question.
We have categories for many design features, as well as for pattern companies, decades, years, etc. The front page has direct links to some of those (the section on garment types). There is also a list of all categories:
A "wiggle dress" would be found under Category:Sheath, but there are a lot of 1950s Vogue sheath dresses... . The feature we have needs to be tricked out to return enough results, but I gave it a try with those three data points (sorry, no pictures on these results):
Hi there, can I check your change of date to late 1940s/early 1950s? Based on garments, illustration style and hair styles, I'm pretty sure this isn't earlier than 1950. Also I've seen several adverts from early 1954 in a newspaper archive, which seem to suggest that Le Roy patterns were only introduced that year.
My friend who found that article is concerned about reproducing it because of copyright issues. I thought it was okay under fair use, but out of respect for her, would you mind paraphrasing it? Or simply removing it altogether, though that would be a shame. Fair use laws are also slightly stricter in the UK, which is the origin of this article. Here is what she said:
"Would you just ask Tarna not to reprint the ad on her site, because of possible copyright issues. She can retype the text of the article, I believe, or better yet paraphrase it a bit. I also don't want to endanger my subscription to the news archives. Thanks"
I would do it myself, but I don't have permission to edit that page (understandably!). I'm happy to type and paraphrase it for you though, if that helps (I'm a fast typist!)
Thanks very much - it's my mistake not yours - I uploaded it under fair use thinking that was okay, but then she came back to me and asked for it to be removed. I should have checked with her first. Thanks for deleting the image from the database, I didn't seem able to do that myself.
Here's some paraphrased text, hope this is okay, feel free to edit as you see fit.
Le Roy patterns were launched in 1954. A press article in late 1953 announced that, for the first time in years, new paper patterns were coming on to the market, and would be in the shops in January. The new Le Roy patterns were “entirely British and cover the kind of clothes are essential to our way of life”. Prices were to range from 1/9 to 2/9, and there would be patterns for both the 5’2” woman and “really smart designs” for larger sizes. Readers were encouraged to look out for the Le Roy catalogue in the New Year for “the simple, yet elegant styles that have been created specially with the British woman in mind”
Source: Coatbridge Leader, Saturday 28th November 1953.
Saw you deleted 2 of my newest Advance patterns for item not found. I went back and changed the link a bit and both patterns show up for me. However, they also showed up for me yesterday when I first added them so am confused. Anyway, I hope the tweak works.
That domain had expired for a while, and I have been removing the links as found. It was proabably acquired thereafter.
Not overthinking it, you could removed those as "expired".
The only wey to globally edit is a bot, which I do not know how to write or operate, but it should come up in search (Romeo probably being a better search word that Juliet, given there are Juliet sleeves...)
I also saw the Etsy vacation hold with last feedback in 2015. I'm friends with her on social media, and I dropped her a quick line about 15 minutes ago as I was just curious if she is totally out of working with patterns. I know she's branched into other interests.
I had no idea how global edits work here, and what I know about running bots could fill the eye of a sewing needle.
Overthinking is my achilles heel... I do it all the time, so thanks for the quick fix!