I have been watching German pattern magazines go like crazy on Ebay lately. I even ponied up the money to buy a few of them. This got me looking on a few other web sites to find more and pretty soon I did. I recently bought one sight unseen from a German book dealer. I knew it was from the 1930's, and I confirmed that it had the pattern sheet included, but didn't ask any more questions. The price was reasonable so I figured it would be a fun surprise to find out what was inside.
My Illustrierte Wache- und Handarbeits-Zeitung arrived in the mail today and I was really eager to find out what I had bought.
It turns out that this particular issue was ENTIRELY dedicated to Lingerie. Perfect, isn't it, how some things just work out?
If you're not too familiar with German pattern magazines, all you need to know is that the lingerie issue is the hardest to find, and really pricey when you do.
I love how I've had nothing but corsets, bras and garter belts on the brain for the last 2 months, and here's a wealth of them!
Just look at those garter belts!
The simple sets of teddies/ Cami-knickers are really lovely on their own. Check out that delicate scalloped hemline!
Yes, there are even knitting patterns for underthings, how great is that?! They thought of everything for this issue. I only wish that the most recent Burda Style issue with lingerie had been half as creative or comprehensive.
The best part is that the pattern sheet is crisp and strong. I don't even think it was ever even unfolded.
I recently had a horrible experience with my local copy shop's scanner eating one of my poor pattern sheets and spitting it out in pieces so there will be no paper copies in the meantime, but PDFs are sure to follow soon!
Next up for me after the sew-along is the much asked for French bathing suit pattern that will be loosely based off of the below, and then... more lingerie, of course!
Which of the above lovely patterns would you like to see multi-sized and available for download?