It has been fun to see responses come in to my recent pattern design survey. I closed it today and went through all the stats and comments, and what a huge array of tastes and preferences you have! Here’s the breakdown:
When ranked from 1-4, the 1950s came out on top, followed by the 1940s in second and third place, then late Victorian taking fourth. Technically “other” came out #1 with lots of you filling in an entirely different era from those listed in the survey. Here are the suggestions I got, along with the number to show how many people requested a certain period:
- Medieval: 10 votes
- Renaissance: 2 votes
- Tudor: 1 vote
- English Civil War (1640s): 1 vote
- Rococo (early-to-mid-1700s): 1 vote
- Georgian: 4 votes
- Regency: 8 votes
- Early Victorian (which I counted as 1830s-1840s): 7 votes
- American Civil War (1860s): 12 votes
- Bustle Era: 3 votes
- Edwardian: 7 votes
- 19-teens: 5 votes
- 1920s: 4 votes
- 1970s: 1 vote
- And one vote for “Navajo” fashion!
With 12 votes and 10 votes respectively, the American Civil War and Medieval eras come up as the most-requested “other” votes. I was surprised to see Regency get eight votes, considering that I have more patterns from that era than any other, but it appears folks want still more.
Still, with 38 votes for #1, the 1950s easily passes all of these, and the 1940s come next with a total of 31 votes for second place and 46 votes for third place. A lot of the independent comments provided at the end of the survey mentioned the retro-1940s and 1950s looks that have been showing up in modern fashion, and many respondents talked about the practicality of wearing these fashions today (no specialized underthings required, for the most part, and the colors and prints of mid-20th-century fashions are easy to find today).
When it came to the type of design wanted, “a dress with several options” won, hands-down, as you can see from the graph below:
Under “none of the above,” I got the following comment: “I think you’re going to have to do more than just one pattern. hahaha!” Yes, indeed. I’ve got enough information and feedback to keep me busy for a while now. I’m getting back to work on editing the Girls’ Regency Dress and Girls’ Spencer & Pelisse patterns and finishing the Victorian & Edwardian Underthings pattern. We’ll see how quickly I can get through these this summer here in Kenya.
Thanks so much for taking the time to provide your feedback. This is always what motivates me to create new pattern designs, and you’ve had wonderful ideas for the past 13 years. Keep them coming!