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The Dreamstress.com Black Friday Pattern Roundup

The Dreamstress Guide to Indie Pattern Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sales!

The Dreamstress.com Black Friday Pattern Roundup

 

Here is your guide to every Indie Pattern Sale between 20-30 November 2017, when the sale is, what the sale is, and how to take advantage of it!

There are only a few so far, but I’ll be updating this list as companies announce their sales. ¬†ūüôā

The Dreamstress Indie Pattern Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sale Guide!

Pattern companies are listed  in reverse alphabetical order

Spaces with a pattern company name, but no details, are where a pattern company has indicated they will be doing a sale but hasn’t yet announced the details.

This list is divided into the following sections:

  • Vintage/Historical
  • Modern
  • Children.

Where a pattern company covers multiple sections I’ve defaulted to Modern.

Enjoy!

Vintage & Historical Indie Pattern Companies: 

Wearing History:  Use the code 20OFFCOATS at checkout to take 20% off of Wearing History coat and jacket printed patterns and e-patterns.  Sale ends Thanksgiving Day (23 Nov), PST

Redthreaded: 

Modern Indie Pattern Companies: 

Sew Chic: Get 15% off selected paper patterns.  Sale ends 2 Dec PST

Scroop Patterns:

Leisle + Co Sewing Patterns: Use the coupon code HOLIDAY2017 at checkout to save 40% off all Oliver + S, Liesl + Co., and Straight Stitch Society patterns in their pre-Black Friday sale. Paper and digital patterns are included.  Offer expires at 11:59 PM EST Friday, November 24 2017

 

Children’s Indie Pattern Companies:¬†

 

Found one I’ve missed? ¬†Let me know through my contact form here, or through my page messages on Facebook, or through the @scrooppatterns PM on Instagram. ¬†Or, just leave a comment with all the info!

If you’re a pattern line and want to be on the list, please include:

  • A link to the sale advertisement OR
    • when the sale starts
    • what the discount is
    • when you want me to make the info public (if you‚Äôre the owner of the pattern line and haven‚Äôt announced the sale yet).
  • A link to where to buy the patterns
This list does not include:
  • Pattern lines that are totally Ebay/Etsy/Etc based, and are not sold through the designer’s own website, or one specialising in sewing patterns.
  • Vintage/historical lines that are totally reproduction based, with no original designs.
  • Pattern lines that engage in unethical business practices (a call that is totally up to me).

Goodbye Summer Henrietta Maria by Scroop Patterns thedreamstress.com

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ca 1845 ball gown, 1840s evening gown

Rate the Dress: a ca 1845 ball gown with an unusual note

I think I may have slightly cheated with last week’s 1900s blue silk Rate the Dress. ¬†Apparently I described it so thoroughly, and detailed all it’s good points so eloquently, that I convinced some of you to like it even if you might not have otherwise.

I definitely enjoyed writing about the dress, but I wasn’t consciously trying to make you like it. ¬†Ironically, I only think it’s OK! ¬†It definitely doesn’t make my heart go pitter-patter as a whole. ¬†It did make (almost all) of your hearts go pitter-pattern though – or, more accurately, skip a beat. ¬†Claire dubbed it the swoon dress!

The total: 9.3 out of 10

This week: a ca. 1845 ball gown

 

For this week’s rate the dress I’ve chosen a ca 1845 ball gown in classic white.

“Oh no, not another one of those!” might well be your instant reaction. ¬†After all, aren’t all 1845 ball gowns much the same? ¬†Yes, maybe…

However I think this one has enough interesting design details to merit your consideration. And that’s even without the very unusual inclusion in the skirt embroidery.

(everyone madly scrolls down to see it)

As noted, this is in most ways a classic ca 1845 ball gown.  It has a fitted bodice, with front point and pleated bertha assisting the illusion of a tiny waist.  The pointed waist is further highlighted by an edging of gold passementerie.  Another line of gold passementerie connects the bertha and point, drawing the eye down the the vertical lines of the organza overskirt.

The weight of the gold trim at the waist and down the front of the bodice is balanced by gold fringing and passementerie on the multi-layered cap sleeves, which further draw the eye away from the waist, and add to the impression of a wide bust, and small middle.

The sleeves are decorated with delicate polychrome and gold embroidery, which is echoed in the ruffle that peeks out from the bertha and frames the wearers décolletage and face.

More elaborate variations of the same vining floral embroidery decorate the organza overskirt,  framing the front opening, which reveals a hint of the taffeta underskirt.

The dress at this point would still be…

“You know that 1845 ball gown with the gold trim and vining floral embroidery?”

“Which one? ¬†I can think of half a dozen that might fit that description”

…were it not for the rather amazing turn the embroidery on the skirt takes.

On either side of the skirt hem the gold border branches out into Arabic script.  (as identified by the museum).  Why?  What does it mean?

I don’t know the answers to either of those questions, but it probably indicates that the fabric for this dress was embroidered in India, by a (almost certainly) Muslim embroiderer, or in the Ottoman Empire, or by an embroider in Italy with familiarity (for whatever reason) with Arabic. ¬†The first seems most likely to me, given India’s long history of supplying textiles for the Western market, but Italy’s proximity to the Ottoman Empire, and trade links, do make the other two options possible as well.

I have so many questions about this dress and why it was made based on the fabric.  Was the fabric made for the dress, or re-purposed from another item?  What does the writing mean?  Did the original wearer understand it?  What about other people who saw it worn?  What did they think

And then I have the usual question which stands completely apart from the Arabic embroidery.  What do you think of the dress on a sartorial level?  Would it stand out from other gowns at a ball, and enhance the wearers charms?  Would you have found it compelling without the unusual addition to the embroidery?  Or is it still a boring white ca. 1845 ball gown, just like all the others?

Rate the Dress on a Scale of 1 to 10

(as usual, nothing more complicated than a .5.  I also hugely appreciate it if you only do one rating, and set it on a line at the very end of your comment, so I can find it!  Thanks in advance!)

The Dreamstress.com Black Friday Pattern Roundup

Is your Indie Pattern company running a Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale? Let me know!

The Dreamstress.com Black Friday Pattern RoundupGet excited!

I’m going to be doing a round-up of ALL the indie pattern companies that are doing sales between November 20-30. ¬†It will be your one-stop shop for finding out all the amazing sales that will be on in the next week.

I was inspired to do this because I’ve realised that most of the indie pattern sale round-ups don’t include historical & vintage based indie pattern lines (which is very sad – they were basically the original indie patterns!). ¬†Plus many of them charge indie pattern companies to be included on their list. ¬†As an indie pattern designer, I know how hard you have to work for every dollar you earn. ¬†I thought it would a free, all-inclusive list would be a nice service I could offer back to the sewing and pattern designing community.

Know an indie pattern company planning to run a sale?

Let me know through my contact form here, or through my page messages on Facebook, or through the @scrooppatterns PM on Instagram.  Or, just leave a comment with all the info!

If you’re a pattern line and want to be on the list, please include:

  • A link to the sale advertisement OR
    • when the sale starts
    • what the discount is
    • when you want me to make the info public (if you’re the owner of the pattern line and haven’t announced the sale yet).
  • A link to where to buy the patterns

 

Inclusion on the list is free!

As long as any part of the sale falls between the 20th & 30th of Nov, and meets the perimeters below, I’ll include it.

I’ll try to get any info sent to me added within 24 hours of it being sent.

The preliminary list will go live tomorrow morning. I’ll keep adding to it throughout the 10 day period.

Inclusion in the list is totally at my discretion. ¬†Because this is my website, and I need to set some perimeters to keep it from getting too crazy, I’m not going to include the following:

  • Pattern lines that are totally Ebay/Etsy/Etc based. ¬†The pattern line needs to be sold through their own website, or one specialising in sewing patterns.
  • Vintage/historical lines that are totally reproduction based, with no original designs.
  • Pattern lines that engage in unethical business practices (a call that is totally up to me).

The Scroop Miramar top thedreamstress.com

And is this a hint that there might be a Scroop Patterns sale…maybe!