this is the story of our life at "Rosevale on the Palouse Prairie" in eastern Washington State, and my love affair with all things fiber/fabric.
'BeanQueen' you might ask, well in my previous life I was the curator of the Phaseolus Germplasm Collection (beans native to the western hemisphere) in the United States. My lovely #2 sister gifted me with my 'autre nom'.
Monday, March 19, 2012
Beginning of a "tutorial" on how I made a dress from my vintage pattern
I will do my best to continue this tutorial & I will eventually finish the one concerning "turning a collar". This is the original envelope that the American Weekly pattern (4890), ordered by Mrs. J.H. Knowlson from 'Everybody's Poultry Magazine Pattern Department'.
The dress pattern has 2 views, one with short sleeves and one with long sleeves. This type of pattern does not have printed pattern pieces - they are tissue paper with holes, notches, and punches for the usual markings - it is assumed one knows how to "read" a pattern. There are cutting layouts and construction directions printed on a sheet of paper - like those with which we are familiar.
STEP 1:To begin I carefully press the pattern pieces flat; a dry iron on a medium-high setting (don't want to burn the paper) being careful not to tear any piece, but also getting any tiny folded over edges. I then pin each piece to sheerweight fusible interfacing (Pellon 906F) with the fusible 'beads' against the back side of the pattern. For a pattern like this with no printing on the front side one can determine this by viewing the cutting layout or directions and looking at the cut or punch markings on the pattern.
Cut the interfacing around the pattern piece with a small margin.
Place the pinned pattern piece on a silicon pressing sheet with the paper pattern down and the non-fusible side of the interface on top.
Fuse the interfacing to the back of the paper pattern in a few places.Flip the piece over and remove the pins. Then re-flip so the paper side is down and then complete pressing the interface to the paper. Any fusible that is not on the paper will be on the silicon sheet and can be peeled easily from the sheet. Repeat with all pieces of the pattern, they will then be ready to lay out on the fabric. TO BE CONTINUED