I can’t say I am that precious about the vintage patterns I own – I would much rather see a pattern used and enjoyed, than left laying untouched in factory folds in a collector’s cupboard. And I usually cut around the pieces. Maybe I should trace them first, but my thoughts are that although cutting might devalue it from a collector’s point of view, they are still usable for the next sewer who comes along – and after all this is who they are intended for. Otherwise I do care for my vintage patterns and don’t like to see them damaged unnecessarily, like – huh hmm – my one was.
How do you treat your vintage patterns – do you treat them with kid gloves, or just shove them back into the packet like this one?!
|(by the way – I didn’t do this!)|
At what stage does a pattern become valuable enough to deserve The Special Treatment anyway – age, fashion relevance, or the ferocity of the bidding war? I’d only ever pay a few dollars for a pattern because making them is my day job, but there are some very simple designs that command very high prices as The Selfish Seamstress notes today.
Don’t you think it is interesting that the perceived value of vintage patterns varies so widely? If 1 is trash and 10 is treasure, where on the scale do you sit?