Friday, February 1, 2013

Would you share a pattern so a reproduction could get made?

I was reading a blog post the other day by pattern-vault and where she is having a giveaway for the new vintage vogue pattern

which I must admit, the way they put it together on the envelope was not all that impressive to me. But the coat is lovely, just look at the original pattern.
But what I found most interesting about her post was that she said Vintage Vogue had contacted her about getting this pattern from her (pattern-vault that is) because vogue did not have copies of the old patterns.

I have no clue why they would not have had copies of the old patterns, but it is terrible because there are so many lovely patterns that could be made into reproduction patterns.

I am not sure how you feel about this, but my immediate reaction was to look through all of the vintage vogue patterns I own to see if I had anything to send to vogue that they might want to make into a reproduction pattern.

I can see where some might have a problem with this because it could potentially lower the value of the original or if you are planning on making the pattern for yourself (or as a business) then it would not be as unique.

I don't have a problem with either of those seeing as I live in West Virginia and I have not come across anyone who dresses vintage every day like I do. The very few people that I have seen dressed vintage inspired were wearing modern ready to wear clothes. Even if there was someone who had the same dress pattern, the fabric and option choices would make it so that it is almost impossible for someone to be wearing the same dress.

So I contacted Pattern-vault on twitter and she gave me the contact for vintage vogue in which to send pictures of the patterns (if they decide they want them, then I can figure out how I am suppose to scan the whole thing or whatever is needed to get it to them).

One big note- vogue designer patterns are ineligible due to licensing issues

Here is the email that she provided me (please don't spam her about other things, this could be a really big opportunity for us) Carolyne Cafaro at carolynec[@]mccallpattern[.]com.

Once I noticed the email address I also pulled out my vintage McCalls patterns too.

Here is what I had in my stash. I am not sure if I should send them all or just the ones that I think would make great reproduction patterns what do you think?


Edited to add: Many people have been asking if Butterick does the same thing and Laura from Lilacs & Lace found out. She posted all about it here, so check it out.


  1. Oh, that's pretty awesome!! I think I have a few fantastic Vogue patterns that I could possibly send to them too. Butterick makes repro patterns too, I wonder if they have copies or...?

  2. Oh wow, you do have some great patterns that I would love see as reproductions! The last three are quite lovely. I'm not sure if I have many vintage vogue or mccalls patterns - Simplicity was the big company for ladies in the midwest where I live. I also have more from the companies that are out of business now.

  3. Not sure if I read you clearly but DON'T send them your actual pattern! Just email the photos you've taken. They will contact you and make arrangements with you if they think they'll use it. I only know this because Laura was discussing this same thing on her blogpage Lilacs & Lace. Maybe go and see what she wrote too.

    1. Oh yes, I only sent her a picture of the patterns so far. I figured that they would let me know about scanning them. Thanks for the details.