Since I've been trying to track down all the patterns from Vogue's New Book for Better Sewing, I've been thinking a lot about the process of buying vintage patterns online.
As I've mentioned before, the book features 14 patterns that were published by Vogue sometime between 1950 and 1952, and it's my goal to make every one of them. Some of the patterns have been easy to come by, then there are others that I'm starting to doubt will ever turn up. Sadly, my favorite (the full-skirted shirtdress) is one of the latter!
The internet is a grand thing, no question about it. I mean, how else would we find these gems? But also, of course, it brings a lot of bad with the good. And honestly, I find I'm getting a bit of search fatigue. The best way I know to find a pattern you're desperately seeking is to set up a Google alert for it, so that every time a Google search matches your term, you get an e-mail. This is a wonderful tool, but it's definitely not perfect. I get a ton of non-related items, like dresses for Ginny Dolls, which are apparently made by a company called Vogue Dolls. So, you see the pitfalls.
And then I worry that perhaps my Google alert is missing something, so I still obsessively troll Etsy, eBay, and the like.
Anyway, I've gotten very curious about others' vintage pattern shopping habits. What are your favorite sites? Do you have any tips or tricks for locating a pattern you desperately want?
Also, what lengths do you go to for vintage patterns? What's the most you've paid for one? Do you generally only buy your general size, or are you willing to make major size adjustments?
I used to be very picky about which patterns I would buy--only in my general size range, and never more than $20. Ah, those innocent days are gone. Now I've paid way more than I'm even willing to admit (for the evening gown from VoNBBS) and am finding myself in the position of having to actually learn how to grade patterns, since a lot of the patterns are in 30"and 32" bust sizes. Ack!
So, please tell me about your shopping habits. I'm dying to hear!
P.S. The fab sundress pattern featured above is for sale from lovely Etsy seller Midvale Cottage. It's in a 36" bust at a totally reasonable $10. Someone snap it up before I do, please!