We are retracing the footsteps of past designs so you can recreate garments to wear forever
We wish to add to your sewing inspiration and keep past techniques alive and at your finger tips!
What do we do?
that is Rebecca, Inga and Maritha, are combining our skills and sharing
our extensive collections of original Vintage German Pattern Books:
'Slow-Made in Germany' (Rebecca) provides a range of digitally traced
original patterns as either downloadable PDFs or as printed paper patterns, and 'Everlasting Art Design' (Inga) provides individually hand-traced paper and made-to measure drafted paper patterns.
In contrast to many over simplified
repro-vintage patterns, which are often re-drafted by a computer from a
estimated cardinal points, our patterns are an accurate trace of the
pattern pieces, line-by-line, point-by-point. Although many patterns
single-sizes, this means modern computer auto-grading and re-sizing have
changed the original details of the design. Importantly the original
information stays on the pattern and is not reduced to symbols that you
need to look up elsewhere.
These original patterns rarely
came with any instructions. Many dressmakers at the time where trained
to use a
range of techniques, rather than following dot-to-dot steps, therefore
they could construct and decorate nearly any design in the ways they
Naturally, people need different
levels of sewing help and some want none at all. Initially many designs
will be released without sewing instructions and this will be made clear
in the sales description. For each design, we include all the original
information we can find, as well as providing an additional 'Guidelines
document' which discusses some considerations before you sew a
particular design and contains an Internet-link to a large number of
freely available sewing resources to help you. Don't be afraid to take
on a challenge!
Sewing is truly a ‘learn by doing’ experience. Ubung macht den Meister!
With currently 3800 catalogued pattern books, dating from 1898 to 1975, we have access
to a large part of garment history. Our mission is to preserve these patterns
for the future, and in doing so, also engage in an adventure through our
European cultural heritage that encompasses fashion and social change.
Providing patterns to you funds our research and the tasks of curation
and preservation. We are a small team based in Germany, Latvia and
We also organise the 'Vintage German Pattern Books' Facebook group, so come join us and chat with our members,
and there is also our
'Vintage German Pattern Books-Tradingmarkt' Facebook group, where you are welcome to list your magazines to sell.