***Because we have met our initial goal, we have added a stretch goal!***
If we can raise $13,500, we can purchase a commercial pattern printer to print our patterns in-house for much cheaper! This will allow us to send EVERY BACKER an additional pattern in our standard sizing as well as their pledged rewards. Check the FAQ for details!
Cassidy (Mimic of Modes) and Julie (Snapdragon Designs) have wrestled for years with how to turn their "big idea" into reality. That idea: sewing patterns taken from original historical garments and sized for modern bodies. The stumbling block has always been the extremely individualized fit of period garments: mass-produced patterns will never suit you properly without a great deal of fitting and specialized knowledge. Inspiration struck with the discovery of Wild Ginger's "Cameo" software and its "Made to Fit" module. By drafting the patterns in the software, we can select a series of landmarks within each pattern that will allow each pattern produced to match the measurements of the customer ordering it.
At last, we can offer patterns that fill the gap between standard sizing and painstakingly hand-drafted (and expensive!) options. Our first offering will be a pattern for the beautiful later 1860s evening dress shown here. The original gown, in the collection of the Albany Institute of History & Art, was designed by the eminent Parisian couturier Emile Pingat (1820-1901), who was considered the equal of the famed Charles Frederick Worth in his day. Precisely dated, it was purchased in 1867 by Mary deCamp Corning, a member of the American upper class. This will be the first time a full-scale commercial pattern is available for a gown of this quality and with this type of provenance.
In addition, our partnership will benefit the small museums from which the patterns are taken. Our agreement with the contributing museums includes providing copies of each pattern at cost for them to sell in their gift shops, as well as publicizing their holdings, many of which have never been exhibited due to condition or space constraints, to a wider audience.
In order to save money, we would like to take advantage of Wild Ginger's summer sale to purchase a copy of the Cameo software as well as the Made to Fit and Grading modules, which will allow us to also offer the standard, multi-size patterns that most home sewers are used to.
Risks and challenges
Risks for this project are minimal. The software has been tested in demo mode and runs well on the Snapdragon Designs studio computer. A large-format printer is also in place in the studio, and the 1860s evening gown patterns have already been graded up by hand and tested successfully in a completed garment, as seen in the photos above. All that remains is to load them into the new software and go!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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