German pattern magazine from May 1936.
Hello dear readers! I hope this day finds you doing well. I want to share with you something new that I wanted to try with the new year: The German Pattern Experiment. What exactly is this? I suppose it's best to start at the beginning.
A while back I fell in love with a few blogs that were dedicated to vintage style, and being a lover of history, I was immediately intrigued by the idea of sewing from the same pattern that someone else may have used 50, 60 or even 70 years ago. I scoured eBay for vintage patterns and my first two purchases were won without a fight and for a very modest price. Then I came across some German pattern magazine from the 1930's. The patterns were very appealing, so I put in my $10 bid and carefully watched the bidding through the last day, satisfied that I was again the only bidder. Well, the bidding on this particular item was open until the wee hours of the night, so I bumped my bid up to $15 and went to bed confident in my winning.
The next morning, to my disappointment, I noticed I had been outbid - that darling had sold for over $50! Despite my sour feelings, I moved on and forgot all about the incident until three weeks later when I noticed the seller was again listing some similar items. I quickly placed another modest bid and waited until the final evening of the bidding. Hubby and I were enjoying a bottle of raspberry wine and relaxing on the couch as I sat with the laptop close by. Again, I noticed these pattern magazines were a hot item and the bidding continued to climb. Let me just say that after one glass of wine, the price didn't seem so outrageous, so I joined in the bidding war. It wasn't too long before I found out that no one else was dumb enough to outbid me (doesn't anyone else drink wine while bidding on eBay?).
After the magazine arrived, I was in outright shock. How was I going to sew from these patterns when I couldn't read a lick of German? I turned to the internet to see if there was anyone sharing their experiences with these patterns - none (I do not claim to be any sort of research expert). Well, I've decided that with this new year, I am ready to tackle this project.
German pattern magazine from December 1936.
Are you interested in joining me? You can follow along as I attempt to sew my way through as many of these patterns that I can. I'm hoping to even convert a few of these into PDFs - available to you!
Of course, these will not be the only things I sew up this year. I will be participating in Tasia's Minoru sew along and am planning to make the Cynthia Steffe dress that you helped me decide on.
I would love it if you followed along. Leave a note if you are interested in having me create free PDFs of these patterns (as I'm sure it will be a lot of work, so I'll only take the time if there is expressed interest).
Live in this moment and love life!