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Drafting your own Sewing Patterns Made Easy

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

This week, I tried my first vintage draft at home sewing pattern from Mrs. Depew Vintage.

1930s blouse pattern

Mrs Depew is owned by my sweet friend, Anna Depew who specializes in rare pdf sewing patterns from the 20's-50's. I found Mrs Depew ages ago in an etsy search and fell in love with her gorgeous and affordable patterns.

I am always on the hunt for a bargain, especially with sewing. Buying fabric and notions is expensive, why shell out so much for a single pattern? That's exactly what 1930s home seamstresses were thinking when they used these amazing draft at home pattern books.


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Mrs Depew's draft at home patterns are from a 1930s-50s French system. The pattern is a semi-circle with numbers all over it and you use this circle along with the included measuring tapes to draft a pattern in any size from dolls to plus size.



I have been sewing my own clothes since I was 12 and this looked terrifying to me at first but Anna wrote a beautifully simple tutorial to show you how to do it and once you get started, it's very easy and really fun! I was so excited and impressed with myself that I had to show Pj how it works when he came home that afternoon.


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The difficult part about these patterns is that there are no sewing instructions included. These patterns were made in a time when most women knew how to sew clothes. I got a little hung up on mine and am still working on it but for a seamstress who enjoys a challenge, it really is a blast to do these. From a fashion history stand point, its very interesting to see the ingenuity in creating these patterns and what women did to look fashionable back then


There are so many beautiful patterns to choose, I wish I could list every single one of them here but you'll just have to go check them out!


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6 Responses to “Drafting your own Sewing Patterns Made Easy”

  1. Thanks Brittany! I hope that the blouse works out for you!

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    1. It was going really well until my son put a button in my sewing machine and I had to take it apart :( As soon as I get my tension right again, it'll be a breeze. That little stink!!

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  2. Well now I know where part of my next paycheck is going.... I'm daydreaming of new blouses as if my sewing pile wasn't ALREADY halfway to the ceiling! hahaha

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  3. As someone with exceedingly little sewing experience, pattern drafting always seems like it would be about as hard as scaling Mt. Everest in stiletto heels, but the more I see some of my favourite bloggers tackling it, the less the idea scares me (in fact, it's starting to seem appealing).

    Best of luck with your blouse, honey!

    ♥ Jessica

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  4. Wow, that is so clever! I've never tried drafting my own pattern using this method but now I'm inspired to give it a go. Fantastic! Thanks for introducing me to this method x

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  5. I really would love to try this out, I'm on the look out at the moment for some new sewing patterns - Not sure my sewing skills are quite up to this kind of thing just yet, but it's a project for the future.

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