Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Pattern magazine nostalgia




As I might have mentioned before I started sewing clothes at a rather young age, I was only 11 when I made my first pair of pants and as a teenager I was already making a substanal amount of my own clothes. If this makes me sound like child prodigy, trust me I was not. In fact I was horrible at sewing for the first 10 years or so. One reason I sucked for so long was that I was completely self thought. But also this was before the internet, remember? So the amount of information, inspiration and information sharing was much more limited. In hindsight a sewing class would have been great, but for some reason I never ended up taking one.

In 1987, when I was 15, I begun to buy pattern magazines as they provided a much better value than envelope patterns. Back then Burda magazine was a dowdy stale publication with really boring, unfashiony clothes so instead I bought the now defunct Neue Mode magazine. I did tons of clothes from these magazines, much more than I do today and browsing through them I see that I usually made 2-3 styles from each issue. The only downside was that in the 80's and early 90's there were usually just 1 or 2 sizes, so some great styles never happened since the pattern weren't in my size. I thought that I had thrown all these issues away, but it turns out I didn't! Mary Nanna wrote a great comment on how she felt about every new Burda issue, and I felt the same kind of buzz when Neue Mode hit the stores. 





The 80's were much more restrained and subdued than I remember, at least in the Neue Mode world.  


But it wouldn't be the 80's without some lamé!


If you think the sheets in pattern magazines are crowded, I can assure it was way worse back then.








Some of the garments that I made. I really put these magazines to good use.


Neue Mode is sadly no more. But Sewingpatterns do sell a large chunk of their old envelope patterns, and again I am struck by how timeless many of the designs look.

2 comments:

  1. Burda was my first exposure to pattern magazines, but not until the late 90's. I sewed a lot of Vogue designer patterns back then. I never knew that Neue Mode had a magazine and only learned about Neue Mode patterns from Sandra Betzina's old tv sewing show. Considering the price of patterns in Europe, pattern magazines are definitely a good buy.

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  2. A lot of these look pretty cool. I have seen the re-issues on the sewingpatterns site but because they postage is way too high and they suck at responding to questions about their downloadable patterns (took me two weeks of badgering them on Facebook + email to get a response) it's not gonna happen. XD

    Also please please disqus so I don't have to deal with the blindness inducing hideousness that is recaptcha!

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