…what you sometimes find within them! Those little touches of sewing history that pop up now and then inside the pattern envelope never fail to make me smile.
For instance, this pattern piece complete with silky red tailors tacks:
Not to mention the chance to learn a foreign language!
And this one that came with the receipt still tucked inside – in 1963 Miss Humphrey lived not far from where I live today:
These relics personalise a pattern and make it more valuable to me, so I’ll be keeping them in place. Except maybe this one, that was “unchecked and in vintage condition” – I might give it some much needed TLC!
And this one shows signs of spending years in Auckland’s humid climate – or maybe it was Monaco 😉
Actually damage like this is something I don’t like, but it happens.
This one has rusty old dressmaker pins welded into place during the decades:
What about the 3mm wide cutting lines on this one – depending on what side of the line you cut, in this princess style you could end up with a size 12, or a size 16 – perhaps it is just as well it was never used!
But that wouldn’t have mattered for this seamstress who wasn’t the best at cutting along the cutting line anyway – or maybe she was rushing because she had to wear her new dress out that very night!
Most of these details are relatively nondescript, they just catch my eye and give a small connection to the person who used them before me. To me this adds value. And the poor unused ones in factory folds leave me a little sad, even though that apparently adds to their commercial value.
Have you found any interesting little details hidden amongst your vintage patterns? And do they give you the warm fuzzies too?