Hi everyone and welcome back to my little corner of the blog sphere for another post on my German Pattern Experiment. If you've been following along, you remember that last week I covered some tips on tracing these patterns. Well this post is a follow up to that with a few more tips on things to look for when tracing your patterns.
In addition to special markings like dotted line (for edges placed on the fold of fabric) and other markings like button placements or darts, you will want to look for tiny little numbers in the corners of each of your pattern pieces. Do you see the very blurry 58 in the middle of this picture? Yes, I am sorry, it didn't look that blurry on my camera, but you can tell there is a number, and it is in the corner.
Okay, that really was hard to see, here is another example from a picture I used in my last post. You can see the 35 in the corner of a pattern piece as well as the 65 that is below the asterisk. As you are tracing your pattern pieces, you will want to look for all of these tiny numbers and add them to your tracing. This will be especially helpful if you are like me and are too lazy to translate the sparse directions.
|Again, fun cutout dress form has been provided by my one of my dearest friends.|
Just why are these tiny numbers so important? Because they show you how to line up your pattern pieces! Isn't that a beautiful thing? With just a bit of intuitiveness, you can easily decide which piece attaches to what other piece and where. Below you can see where I am lining up two pieces where the number 60 matches up for both pieces. (The flash gets in the way a bit, but I think you can still get the idea).
As I started piecing my muslin together I decided to try going in the order of the numbers. For this pattern, I started with number 57, since that was the lowest number on my pieces and I just made my way through the largest number (66). For the most part, it made sense to piece my pattern together in this order. I just love how easy it was to piece this pattern together without needing refer to the directions even once (not that I could if i wanted to, since I can't read German).
Oh, and I should also mention that these pattern pieces do not include seam allowances. So, when you go cut out your muslin or fashion fabric, you will want to add 5/8" or whatever your seam allowance preference is.
My last piece of advice comes with the sizing of these patterns. I've learned that most of them come in sizes of 1, 3 and 5:
Bust Waist Hips
Size 1 90 cm (35.4 inches) 72 cm (28.3 inches) 100 cm (39.4 inches)
Size 3 102 cm (40.1 inches) 80 cm (31.5 inches) 112 cm (44.1 inches)
Size 5 114 cm (44.9 inches) 90 cm (35.4 inches) 124 cm (48.8 inches)
Do any of you have advice to share on working with German pattern magazines or a similar medium? Your thoughts are important to me, and I would love to hear anything you have to share. On my last post, Anna (who I would consider a vintage pattern expert of sorts) shared that it is a good idea to measure your pattern pieces before making your muslin, because quite often the pieces don't measure up to what you would expect. This is great advice and something to really keep in mind when working with these kinds of patterns. Any other thoughts or questions are always welcome.
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