Friends, I don't know how many of you have heard about the VPLL 1912 Titanic Project just yet (if you haven't yet, check out the latest issue of Threads--page 76--for a brilliant article about the project), but it's pretty amazing. Janyce Hill, the proprietress of the Vintage Pattern Lending Library, is transcribing a series of La Mode Illustree (French sewing/ladies magazines) from 1912 and making patterns available to participants who are acting as pattern testers. I've volunteered my time as both a pattern tester as well as an administrator and I have to say, this project is AMAZING. If you're a big fan of sewing up vintage patterns and are inspired by such shows as Downton Abbey, this is an opportunity worth looking into. I mean seriously, look at some of the available patterns:
|Ladie's Travel Suit #E1002|
|Ladie's Blouse #E0335|
|Ladie's Skirt #E0200|
The first pattern I've requested (and have yet to complete--bad Tina!) is the Ladie's Wrap. Some other participants made GORGEOUS renditions of this garment and I'm dying to add my version to theirs. However, I've been struggling a bit with how to re-size this pattern for a more ample bosom. (I'm new to pattern grading/have never attempted to grade a pattern...)
|Ladie's Wrap #E0291|
For more information about the VPLL 1912 Titanic Project, click here.