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10 responses to “Policies & Copyright”
do you sell these patterns?
We are having an anniversary party for our women’s organization which was founded in 1917. We hope to have some Chautauquan performers in period costume. Do you sell the patterns or have recommendations for us? Thank you. Jane
I’m not sure what you are looking for, but the Past Patterns company
makes patterns in modern sizes but based on real vintage garments. I
have used them, but not for 1917 era. Here’s a link to their 1900 to
The Folkwear pattern company is also very reliable. Their “Armistice
Blouse” #210 dates to 1918. http://www.folkwear.com/210.html
Check their site for other 1917 era patterns.
Whether you are looking for historically accurate patterns or
ready-made clothing, an invaluable resource is the website for The
Costume Technicians Handbook, by Ingham and Covey. The authors update
the Resources and Shopping Guide so that we can find hundreds of
suppliers — always worth checking out and following its links. The
home page is http://books.heinemann.com/ingham-covey/ and the
Resources and Shopping Guide are on the menu bar.
Another extraordinary site is The Great Pattern Review at the Bay Area
Costumers Guild — people who love to dress in historical period
costumes show pictures of clothing they have made from commercial
patterns (much more informative than a drawing or pattern envelope,
since they are real people, not models.) The people who used the
pattern also rate its difficulty, and describe what they do and don’t
like about it, or what they would do differently.
Love to read your posts ! I’m a button collector with a question. Often with a jar of buttons, I find mother of pearl discs smaller than a dime with two holes to the top. I’ve heard them described as ‘flat shell sequins’. Do you have any pictures showing their use in clothing ? I’m thinking that they’re from the 30’s or 40’s ? Thank you, and blessings, Linda
I haven’t ever come across them, but perhaps a other reader has?
My name is Lindsey-Jane Doley. I’m from Adelaide in South Australia. I belong to an online writers’ group called The Human Writers, which is geared towards older Australians. I’m currently contributing a series of stories that I’ve called ‘Hands Up Who Remembers the Fifties.’ My next chapter is titled ‘Needles and Pins’ and I would love to be able to show some pictures of little girls’ dresses from the fifties ( 4-8 age group). Would I please be able to use some of the photos from witness2fashion? They’re perfect and are exactly what I’m looking for. If you give permission, would you be kind enough to point out to me which ones I can show in my story? I’m very happy to mention your website and give full credit to your having taken the photo. Yours faithfully
Lindsey-Jane Doley (email firstname.lastname@example.org
i’m from Sydney, Australia and have been asked to design an invitation for a 50 year school reunion to be celebrated by the women (including myself) who finished high school in 1971 (being held a year late due to the pandemic!)
Looking for a fun image I found an image of Butterick women’s pattern 4520 on your blog.
Did you need to get copyright permission to use this image and other vintage dress pattern images on your blog, or are they copyright free? I really don’t want to use clip art but also don’t want to run into copyright problems! Any advice you can give me would be appreciated.
Hi Lynn, I recently used a photo of a 50s style dress pattern for a story and found what I was looking for on witness2fashion. I read that you needed written permission to use the photo and the email address to apply to is email@example.com, so hope this helps. Someone may possibly have given you that information already, but hope you have a great evening. Sounds like fun. Regards, Lindsey-Jane. PS I think in return they like you to mention the website on which you found your picture.
I urge you to do your own research on what is and isn’t covered by copyright! The purpose of using the image is very important…..
Hello! I did quite a lot of research and in the end decided not to use the preferred image. It was a much simpler solution and I certainly don’t want to use an image without permission! Thank you for taking the time to respond.