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:

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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. šŸ™‚

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:

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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!

13 comments on “Survey Results!”

  1. This looks really interesting, Jennie! Thanks for showing us all the stats–lots of good ideas and suggestions. Personally, I never thought of suggesting further back than the Georgian era–the Medieval/Renaissance was a great out of the box idea and one we’d be interested in as well. I’m eagerly awaiting what you will be designing next!


  2. Awww… Too bad nobody seemed to want styles from the 1930’s! I didn’t get to vote, but it would definately be 30’s followed by 40’s!

    • I am pretty sure I voted for the 1930’s, as that is one of my favorite fashion eras! Thanks for the statistics. . .all the eras suggested look fabulous and I can’t wait to see the new 1950s pattern. šŸ™‚

  3. Heather, I did vote for the 1930’s, but perhaps I was the only one. My second choice was the 1940’s, so it sounds like my vote may have mirrored what yours would have been. šŸ™‚

  4. Hi,

    I didn’t get to vote either, but I think I would have voted for medieval/renaissance, followed by the American Civil War. Looking forward to some new patterns!

  5. I definitely am most interested in more patterns from the Victorian era (Anne of Green Gables) ! Can’t wait to see what comes out next!

  6. Do a peasant-style dress from the “Colonial” era! (I’m grouping together the mid-17th c. and the 18th c.) Definitely more Colonial. Although “Anne of Green Gables” style (I just watched that movie again and commented I totally need a blouse and skirt like her’s), American Civil War, and 1950’s are great too! Might I also suggest “ethnic” dresses such as German, Irish, or Scottish?

    • Thanks for the feedback, Abigail! I’ve already got the “Beatrix” shirtwaist and skirt patterns, which are perfect for “Anne of Green Gables” if you loved the miniseries. šŸ™‚ For ethnic patterns, you just cannot beat Folkwear’s line, so be sure to check it out! Can you elaborate on the “peasant-style” dress you mean from the Colonial era? Lower class ladies wore a lot of full skirts with short gowns or short jackets over top. I’ve never seen an authentic “peasant” look from that time period, though I know the chemise blouse with skirt and laced vest over top is a popular “costumey” look. For those, try James Townsend & Sons. Have fun!

  7. The fifty’s dresses with their crinoline petticoats underneath were so flirty! I wore them all through high school and college. I miss them so much! However everything had to be pressed back then. I am having a hard time finding blended fabrics that won’t have to be pressed! 100% cotton just doesn’t work out for small children. Mothers today no longer want to press anything. Nor do those who do want to make period costumes. We still don’t want to have to press them.

  8. I didn’t suggest any alternate time period, but I would just love it if you’d make patterns for the English civil war, rococo, and colonial eras. They’d be pretty complicated, though. More recent fashions are a lot simpler.

    • Hi, Kelly! No, I can’t give a firm date, as there are limitations to how fast I can go here in Kenya. We do not have a large-sheet digital scanner–only a copier. That means I can’t just scan and email the completed sheet to my printer back in the States. Instead, I have to wait until someone is here who will be traveling back to the States so I can send the tube with that person to be mailed to the printer (way too expensive to ship from here myself). I have all the pieces for the new Victorian/Edwardian Underthings pattern drafted, but I’ve not yet test-fitted all the sizes, and that will take some time, as I’ve only got me doing the testing this time. šŸ˜‰ Thanks for your patience. We are loving Kenya and enjoying every minute.

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