I have been reading all the wonderful ways of storing patterns... but
what about old patterns (15 years +)? How do ppl treat their old patterns?
And how can you restore or ensure that old patterns don't get damaged?
(Apart from putting them in zip-loc bags and re-tracing severly torn or
damaged pattern pieces) How do museum curators treat old fragile
paper? How do you mend slight rips in these patterns (by not using tape)?
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> I have been reading all the wonderful ways of storing patterns... but
> what about old patterns (15 years +)? How do ppl treat their old patterns?
> And how can you restore or ensure that old patterns don't get damaged?
> (Apart from putting them in zip-loc bags and re-tracing severly torn or
> damaged pattern pieces) How do museum curators treat old fragile
> paper? How do you mend slight rips in these patterns (by not using tape)?
I keep my oldies-but-goodies in a separate box. I buy oldies (20s-50s)
at antique fabric shows and antique stores. By and large I don't use
them except as inspiration. The style/design lines are so fabulous.
However, some of the pattern envelopes are really frayed, so I put them
in special envelopes. Nancy's Notions, a U.S. based company, has special
ziploc baggies. In addition to the basic baggie, there is an external
pocket for the jacket (the pattern goes inside the baggie).
I would suggest that if you're going to sew from an oldie trace
off the pattern onto tracing or pattern paper. The older pattern sizing
isn't te current standard (at least in the US). It also would be easier
to handle. I'd be less stressed out using a trace-off than the
original. Besides a lot of my really old pattern have absolutely no
markings on them except a hole here or there. You have to rely on the
pieces pictured on envelope compared to the shape of the pattern to
figure out what piece it is. Few patterns until about the 40s had
instruction sheets either. Like a jigsaw.
As far as tape goes, if you do tape it, I'd use the very non-stick, peel
off tape. (But I making a trace-off pattern is a better way to go).
And there's an antique show this weekend. Cool.
Nancy in Seattle
Libraries with valuable old paper will have it chemically treated to
neutralize the acids that cause the paper to disintigrate. I don't think
it would be worth your time to try to do this. Tracing is more
reasonable. Small rips usually aren't mended, unless they are going to
tear further. Then something called "Japanese Tissue" is used. It's
tissue paper, with stamp-like glue.
The Book Doctor ;-)