Friday, September 30, 2016

patterns on the wall

These are dress patterns.  They are on display at Fairlawn mansion in Superior, Wisconsin.  Before pre-packaged tissue patterns were mass produced and sold in stores, this what dressmakers used to measure and shape the fabric needed to construct a garment.  They are adjustable and can be used to accommodate many body shapes.  Since fashion styles didn't really change much over the years in the late 1800's, the patterns were useable for a long time.  The basic shape of the patterns and garments allowed the dressmaker to personalize the finished garment with creative detailing and other decoration.  The fact that they are adjustable is fascinating to me.  Get out the tape measure and let's sew!

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