Monday, January 30, 2012

100 Year Anniversary of the Sinking of the Titanic

Images courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art NYC

I've chosen to participate in the Vintage Pattern Lending Library 1912 project (a mouthful, I know!!). Here's an excerpt from the project.

" Welcome to the Vintage Pattern Lending Library 1912 Titanic Sewing Project!
With the upcoming 100-year anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, there seems no better time to be motivated to tackle one of the Vintage Pattern Lending Library’s archives largest projects. The scanning and digitizing of the patterns and magazines of La Mode Illustree – once France’s foremost publication of fashion of the era.

We have 345 Test Sewers that have volunteered to sew patterns that probably haven’t fit living people for 80 years to document what they did and give results. The pattern packages will be downloadable pattern sheets, a translation into English of any construction information, and a graphic of the garment.

Construction and cutting information for these patterns are very vague, usually amounting to only a paragraph or two. These patterns come from a different era without all the luxuries that we have come to rely on. They may have no instructions and no markings."

Here are some samples of the patterns they will issue for the project. VPLL

Maybe now I can clear out some of those home dec fabrics, and laces that are languishing in the stash.


Clio said...

What an exciting project! I can't wait to see what you create!

Corrine said...

This truly a brilliant project. I think the testers are adventurous and will get as much from the project as they give. Descriptions of the fabrics used during that time are all natural wools, cottons and silks. I am anxious to see how the testers interpret the clothing in the fabrics available today. Good luck, can't wait to see what pattern you get.

Elle C said...

How exciting is this! I am in awe of anyone brave enough to tackle one of the patterns. I am really looking forward to seeing what you get to make. Good luck, not that you will need it of course. 8-)

Jilly Be said...

What an amazing project to tackle! You are brave! I hope you post lots of details during your journey :)