The 1912 Project

For those who love history or are enthralled with the tragic sinking of the Titanic, you may know that this April 2012 marks the one hundred year anniversary of the event.  There are all sorts of events planned across the United States, and a quick Google search will turn up quite a few.   The Grand Hotel is offering a three-day event package which looks wonderful.   Locally in the San Francisco Bay area – Gaskell’s Dance Society will be hosting a Titanic themed dance in April.

If you are looking for Facebook groups The Unsinkables, is one sharing information and news about costuming and events, and you can find an ongoing series of articles about 1912 fashions written by yours truly at Your Wardrobe Unlock’d.  The Edwardian period has always been one of my favorites in the terms of its elegant simplicity, and lovely lines.

Inspired by the anniversary and my own love of the period I thought it was about time to embark upon a project that I’ve been wanting to do for quite awhile.

THE 1912 PROJECT

The 1912 Project needs your help!

Through out the next few months, leading up to the Titanic Anniversary I will be transcribing patterns, graphics and information from the 1912 editions of La Mode Illustree – a beautiful French fashion journal of the period – with the goal of making all of the patterns from the entire year available.

How Can I Help?

If you love to sew, and are intrigued by the 1912 era – you can help!

The  Library is looking for test sewers willing to post to the blog their experiences and photos in working with these vintage patterns.  If you already have a blog, all you need to do is post there and send us a cross link to the entry.  In return we will send you copies of the patterns to sew from as they are transcribed from the journals!

For an information package about the project  – you can email direct to vpll.librarian@gmail.com

The first two patterns that are available for testing are:

Blouse of Muslin Weight Wool

Mantelet For A Lady Of A Certain Age

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# H1440 – Hat Tutorial

Hello Everyone!

The tutorial for this pattern is completed now, and will be posting up every Thursday morning until it’s completed.

The first section of this tutorial was published last November, and it took a while to navigate the learning curve of a new camera – and to get the instructions all written up.

If you would like to participate in the Sew Along – you’ll need to pick up a copy of the pattern for the hat.  The participants will receive the pattern sheet only.  As the updated graphics and detailed instructions will be posted here on the blog, as we work through them. The pattern cost is $ 4.00 (a nice discount!) which includes shipping to get it to you.  (Additional postage is required for our International friends.)

Interested?  Want to Sew Along?  Drop an email to us at:

vpll.librarian@gmail.com

And a Paypal invoice will be forwarded to you for the pattern sheet.

If you can’t wait, and want to dive right in – you can purchase the retail pattern, and the direct download of the complete tutorial at the links below:

#H1440 – Hat Pattern Package

#H1440 –  Complete Tutorial in pdf form

Sew Along Event! 1920’s Cloche Hat!

Announcing the first Vintage Pattern Lending Library Sew Along!

Starting November 6, 2009

The 1920’s Cloche Hat!

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The Sew Along is a new Event hosted by the Library that will delve into the details of sewing a specific pattern from the Library’s collection.  Usually the pattern will be one in which the source material instructions are sketchy, incomplete or missing.  However, if there is a popular request, a pattern with more complete instructions may be featured.

For those participating in the Sew Along, the featured pattern will be offered at a discounted cost.  The participants will receive the pattern sheet(s) only.  As the updated graphics and detailed instructions will be posted here on the blog, as we work through them.

Every Friday the next section of the tutorial will be posted.  Participants will have one week to work through the set of directions, and ask questions before the following Friday when the next tutorial will be available.

Until the Sew Along for the current project is complete – it will only be accessible to those who are signed up as participants.

Interested?  Want to Sew Along?  Drop an email to us at:

vpll.librarian@gmail.com

And a Paypal invoice will be forwarded to you for the pattern sheet, and you will be emailed a list of materials, and registered to access the first tutorial going up on November 6.