VINTAGE UNPRINTED PATTERNS
WORKING WITH UNPRINTED VINTAGE PATTERNS
HOW TO SEW WITH VINTAGE UNPRINTED PATTERNS
Working with vintage unprinted patterns is actually a snap once you know what the little punched perforations mean. A quick overlook:
Large circles lined up in pairs with a few inches between them typically indicate the grainline. Large circles alone typically indicate stop-stitching points, button positions, center fronts, or seam allowances with a let-out.
Small, individual circles around the edges of the pattern indicate the seam allowance, and small circles in a series of two or three close together indicate matching points.
Two small circles placed a small distance apart indicate buttonhole placement and length.
Square perforations, typically refer to the placement of buttonholes.
Triangular perforations, indicate where to match one part of a pattern piece to another.
For a more comprehensive explaination as found in Butterick Patterns own book 'The Art of Dressmaking' here are the excerpts for your use. Make sure you click on the image to get the informational text.
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