Vintage Patterns!

by Simoree on October 15, 2012 · 5 comments

in Vintage Sewing

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, but it hasn’t stopped me from lurking :) I have finally broken down and taken a sewing class with my mother-in-law (we made a pillowcase) as well as signing up for the next class (we get to make aprons!). She and I have also started investing in patterns that we will be sharing. We found some fantastic vintage patterns- one I bought is a fantastic Anne Adams pattern for a sleeveless jacket or shirtdress that still has the mailing envelope, postmarked 6.22.64, costing a whole 2 1/2-cents to mail :)

My question is this- this patter is marked a size-13 and is terribly small. I, on the other hand, am about a 16-18 and not-so-small. What would be the best way to resize this to fit? I absolutely love it, even though I’m usually more drawn to the 1940s stylings, and would to have this wear in the spring.


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I am a transplanted-Northerner living in the Dallas area with my native Texan hubby and our not-so-Southern-Belle of a girl. I am a novice with a sewing machine, but with my new-to-me Brother machine Lynette, I hope to change that. I generally spend my time knitting and playing in a community orchestra and flute choir. Of course, that's when I'm not working or attending my girl's band functions. I am also trying to get back to my military fighting shape after WAY too many years of enjoying the fantastic Texas food.

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Rachel October 15, 2012 at 4:31 pm

You should check out Casey’s (elegant musings) posts on pattern grading:


Smee October 15, 2012 at 5:34 pm

Fantastic- thank you!


Patrice October 16, 2012 at 4:46 pm

I’d work on the pattern with your sewing teacher’s help. Grading a pattern is kind of complicated for a novice, but everything gets easier with experience! Have fun with it!


Adele October 17, 2012 at 2:14 am

There is some good information on pattern grading at the threads website:


Smee October 17, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Fantastic information all around- thank you! I can’t wait to get started even more now!


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