I sent out a survey link in my most recent eNewsletter and posted it on my Message Forum, but I think some wires got crossed somewhere, which left me with some jumbled responses. So I’m going to try this again with some illustrations to help identify the pattern eras in question. šŸ˜‰

I asked respondents to rank four eras in order of preference and left an additional slot for “None of the Above” so you could tell me if you prefer a different era entirely. Several people used “None of the Above” to specify something like “medieval era” or “Civil War.” However, over 60% of respondents typed an era into “None of the Above” that was already in the survey list! For instance, I got over 35 votes for “1950s” in the None of the Above box when 1950s was already in my list of eras. Whoops!

Rather than try to pull out all the answers from the comment box that belonged above and recalculate the totals, I’ve decided to clear the survey and start over. This time, I’ve provided some visuals to help you see examples from each era before you vote. Once you’re ready, click the SURVEY LINK (which will open in a new tab or window). You can refer back to these images as you contemplate your choices. [Please note that these are SAMPLE ideas–not actual design choices!]

Thanks so much for your feedback. It really does help me decide what to put on the drawing board next!

Late Victorian (1890s-1902) Sample Images:

1930s Sample Images:

1940s Sample Images:

1950s Sample Images:

You’ll have an opportunity to specify whether you prefer a dress with options, a pattern for separates, etc., and, of course, there is room for further comments if you’d like to add those!

For those who voted for Victorian/Edwardian underthings, do note that a pattern for these is already in the works, including petticoat, drawers, and corset cover like the ones you see below:

Thanks again!

14 comments on “New Pattern Survey: Take Two!”

  1. I love all those dresses of course, and I do hope that after the Victorian corset pattern we will see another “swing” or 50s era pattern! As much as I love the “Anne of Avonlea” dress styles, I’ve found that the 40s-50s are soooo fun to wear, and they can be worn today without looking “costumey”. : ) Wouldn’t it be wonderful if ladies always wore those full-skirted fifties dresses with high heels any time they left their house?!

  2. I don’t want to fill out the survey again, as I gave my answer so much thought the first time! I know I mentioned a middy pattern. I have a cute 1950s junior pattern with options for sleeves and sleeveless tops, pleated and pencil skirts. Oh, so smart! And you know there is endless inspiration along such lines throughout the decades.

  3. I know my husband would vote for Victorian. But I also wear alot of “Western” or “Cowboyish” influenced clothes.

  4. How about a pattern of just pretty blouses with a vintage feel or unique styling that can be worn with contemporary skirts and slacks to the office and church.

  5. I love the 1940’s patterns you have pictured above! They remind me of the dresses that the Walton girls would wear, which I have always admired! I agree with Katrina as well. This style is perfect for reenactments, special occasions, or even everyday!

    (I do love Victorian styles as well, it’s so hard to choose!! But, I picked the 1940’s due to the practicality of having such a versatile dress.)

  6. I would pick 1940’s or 1950’s… can’t decide which. šŸ™‚ I’m hooked on both! I’d love to see a 40’s pattern for a dress like Livy’s purple dress in the movie, “The Magic of Ordinary Days.”

  7. As much as the forties and fifties dresses are cute, I see a lot of dignity in the “Anne of Avonlea” style clothing, and the earlier periods. There are always dances, formal occasions, balls, and so many places where these types of clothing can be worn with no second glances. If you are experienced enough with sewing, you can always “tone down” the puffs on the sleeves, shorten the floor length hemlines, and loosen things up without loosing that lovely, elegant, and dignified look that is so well captured in the earlier clothing styles. I do some Civil War reenacting and there is really nothing quite like moving in those swaying hoop skirts under lacy petticoats, a beautiful calico dress, lace cuffs and collar, and a beautiful straw bonnet!

  8. I’m probably going to get flamed for this, but what I liked about the earlier patterns is how they can be worn in regular life instead of being strict costumes. The 1780’s dress really was a sell-out. It’s strictly costume and even required period corseting. The late Victorian gets into the costumey, and the Edwardian corset is very costume. So I vote for the 40’s or 50’s. Fabric costs too much and time is too hard to come by to use on costumes.

    • Any feedback is welcome, Jessica, good or bad. šŸ˜‰ The move to more strictly historical fashion has come solely at the request of customers. I don’t think I’d have even thought of 1780s if I hadn’t gotten nearly a hundred emails or feedback posts asking for women’s and girls’ patterns. And I’m doing the Victorian/Edwardian underthings pattern for the same reason–overwhelming customer requests. That’s why I put out surveys. There are a lot of requests now for 1930s-1950s, so that’s what I’m studying and working on next! Cheers, Jennie

  9. Considering the survey is closed now, I don’t know how much this will matter – I think that 30s and 50s could be tricky with todays body types, especially considering how the proper 30s silhouette was so lean. I worked on costumes for a show that was set in the 30s and we used a lot of reproduction patterns from that era and they just didn’t look right on today’s more full figures. My personal preference, which I haven’t seen mentioned, is Aesthetic Dress. There is only the one La Mode Bagatelle pattern, which has copied a couple of extant garments at the V&A, plus has one other view, but those women in the years from 1860 – 1900 had a variety of gowns they wore without the standard corsets and crinoline cages. I would love to see additional styles from that era, maybe even something that looks like the dress that Rossetti’s model wears in the “Prosperine” painting. The sleeves are incredible.

    • Thanks for the feedback, Beth! I won’t be doing 1930s any time soon — it will be 1950s, which works great on modern figures, and probably at least one more 1940s design (my Swing Dress pattern has been a top seller this year, right after the Regency Gown pattern). šŸ™‚ The reason I’ve never ventured into the 1920s and early 1930s is precisely what you state: the body shape is definitely “twiggy” rather than natural curves. It’s very hard to look gorgeous in a slim, pencil-like dress unless you have a wraith-like figure. LOL! But there are a few 1930s designs that work nicely on a modern figure with a little tweaking for fit. One is a “Hooverette,” which is a wrapper dress worn for housework. Surplice bodices are very flattering and work nicely on all figure types, so I’ve got one of those in the back of my mind for a future project. Thanks again!

    • No, Kelly–it will have a chemise, corset cover, drawers, and combinations. There are already good corset patterns available, so I didn’t see a need to add another one to the mix. šŸ™‚

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