I was looking around in the newspaper archive, trying to date a Pictorial Review pattern, and came across a fun little article. The week of July 14, 1931, was Cut-Ready to Sew week.
What was this, you ask? This was the week that Pictorial Review offered five different patterns that you could purchase, and the store would cut the fabric for you. Why, you ask? Here was their reasoning:
- Beginning sewists could just start sewing, without the intimidation of cutting the fabric.
- Experienced sewists who were hesitant to cut fabric could just sew, without the fear.
- Expert sewists could consult with the reps to learn shortcuts and new techniques.
Both the patterns and the fabrics were pre-chosen, so the fabric definitely matched the pattern, but also limited choices. I’d love to know how this went over. Personally, I hate cutting, so perhaps it would work out ok for me. I even buy my patterns previously cut, because I hate cutting so much. I’d think that this probably didn’t allow expert sewists to adjust the pattern prior to cutting though, so perhaps it was more appreciated by beginning sewists.
Either way, it was a great marketing technique to get people to use the patterns. Window displays were created with the five dresses and fabrics, to show sewists the final product. I’d love to know what the five patterns were, wouldn’t you?
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sometimes I still wish that you could get pre-cut patterns…especially trousers. I have a horrible time with them.
I saw some precut patterns some time back that were made by a Scandinavian — maybe Finnish? — company. They were made from vinyl, I believe, so that they could be used over and over. They even approved them to be used for manufacturing. I believe, however, that they were only women’s blouse patterns. I wonder if they’ve expanded that line at all. I’ll have to see if I can find it again.
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I spent a luxurious morning doing some pattern drafting for a new drop waist dress. I used a muslin pattern that I created a few weeks ago playing with my new dressform. I honestly have no clue how Granny was just able to look at a person and draft a pattern out of the air like she did. Experience, I guess. For me, it’s been very hard work with many do-overs along the journey.