LARGE FORMAT VINTAGE VOGUE
Front Page: VOGUE’S PRINTED PATTERN: SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO MAKE IT SHEET 1
Are printed (marked) and extremely detailed. Precision is important when working with Large Format Vintage Vogue because the majority of the designs include couturier elements.
In addition, the “Look At Pattern” section of the instruction sheet clearly lies out each pattern pieces with full description of pattern markings.
Clear and easy to read.
Back Page: THE SEWING GUIDE
Instructions for making large format vintage Vogue designs are straight-forward-short, simple and to the point. Depending on the design there may be up to four pages of instructions.
1. Purchase the Vogue Sewing Book, aka The Vogue Bible
What made large format vintage Vogues most special to the home sewer was the home sewer having the ability to make couture designs in the home, without having to pay designer prices.
A downside to large format vintage Vogues is that while the designs contained couture elements the sewing guide doesn’t provide a lot of detailed information on how to acquire/perform the couture techniques.
If these techniques weren’t already familiar to the home sewer a little research in books like the Vogue Sewing Book or earlier books was required.
2. Become familiar with how to work with more various fabrics because most Vogue designer patterns required specific fabrics in order for design elements to shine through properly in the constructed design.
GENERAL SEWING INSTRUCTIONS SHEET 2
In most of these patterns, the General Sewing Instruction sheet is made of tissue paper.
While General Sewing Instruction Sheet 2 doesn’t contain instructions on making the particular design, it does offer helpful general sewing information that might be helpful to a less experienced sewer.
Information included: Body measurements, preparing fabric, cutting directions, marking, fitting, seam finishing, buttons and pressing.
It’s not uncommon for this tissue paper sheet to be missing from a large format vintage Vogue pattern.
While the pattern pieces are clearly marked, the actual seam allowance measurement isn’t always noted in the Sewing Guide or on the pattern pieces. The pattern pieces indicate the seam line, therefore all one is required to do is measure to determine the amount of allowance. It’s usually 5/8”.