Monday, April 16, 2012

Vintage patterns: Survey results

Sometime ago you may remember I asked for some feedback from you on buying vintage patterns.

Firstly, I would like to say a big "thank you" those of you who kindly took the time to respond. As a vintage pattern collector and seller, it's really useful to understand what sewers look for when buying a vintage pattern.

I would like to share some of the survey results you may find interesting.

1. 80% of respondents use vintage patterns. Those who don't use them tend to be concerned about the fit of vintage sizes (they can run small).

2. The most important criteria (in percent) for respondents when selecting vintage patterns are....

Overall design and style is the most important criteria however other criteria that features is larger sizing, looking for design aspects that not available on modern patterns and a complete pattern set.

Once again, thanks for your help. It's great to get the feedback. I've left the survey open until the end of April in case anyone else would like to participate.

I hope you've found this interesting. I know I did.


  1. I'm not a big vintage pattern collector as I make many of my patterns but I would be if I were, I would be interested to see how the shapes of patterns differed from those of today, if they do at all. I'm a pattern maker by heart so I'm more interested in the pattern shape than the design details.

    1. I'm in the process of improving my technical knowledge of pattern making and alterations. I think the design process and translation into a pattern is lots of fun.


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