While I am waiting for an opportunity to take pictures of my latest completed garment – a black skirt that does not photograph well during these dark and cloudy days – I thought I might as well write a post about the Silver Scissors ring binder I found on Tradera last month. I first came across the Silver Scissors pattern system in April, when I bought a complete kit containing a red ring binder and the original French curve and tape measure. My first experiments with Silver Scissors looked promising, so I decided to keep an eye out for supplements and other versions.
My first Silver Scissors binder is in Swedish and a postmark indicates that it was sent to a previous owner in, most likely, 1955. My latest acquisition is a Danish version that lacks a date but appears to be earlier than the Swedish edition. First of all, the list of countries in which Silver Scissors was distributed is much shorter and does not include Sweden. However, small notes found between the first pages of the introductory booklet say that this Danish version was in fact sold in my hometown Malmö and that a Swedish translation would be send out shortly.
While the fashion illustrations in my Swedish Silver Scissors book are a mix of drawings in differents styles and – often blurry – photographs, either in black and white or in various colours, the style of the illustrations in the Danish version is very consistent. Only a couple of models are photographed, but the vast majority is represented by black and white drawings, sometimes with the addition of a single colour.
About a third of the patterns overlaps with those in the Swedish edition. Many of these are my favorite patterns in both versions and it looks like they were popular with other sewers too. When composing the Swedish book some pattern numbers ended up in the wrong order, which can be confusing when looking for the pattern pieces. The Danish book, however, is more organized and includes a list of all the models and the corresponding pattern pieces, which are all marked by letters.
Although some fuller skirts are represented as well, most skirts are relatively narrow or flared, which I guess also indicates an earlier date. Overall, the book contains quite a lot of casual separates and two-piece dresses but fewer dresses that take huge amounts of fabric than the later version.
At the moment, I like my Danish Silver Scissors version better. It might be because it is new to me and because the consistency of the designs and illustrations is more pleasing to the eye. The main reason, however, is that it comprises more garments that I could imagine wearing myself and that I can realize with fabrics from my stash.
One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to sew more with vintage patterns. This was also one of my aims when starting this blog, but, so far, I have hardly gotten around to using my modest vintage pattern stash. The main reasons for this are that unfinished and ongoing projects that I started on before this blog are Burdastyle and Knipmode patterns, as well as the fact that I am just so used to working with Burdastyle that it seems easier to just pick a vintage-style garment from one of the magazines in my stash than opening an envelope with fragile pattern pieces and figuring out how to adjust it to my measurements. However, the advantage of Silver Scissors is that one drafts the pattern based on ones own measurments, so while not perfect, it provides a better starting point than many vintage patterns in my stash. Anyway, let’s end this post by looking at some pictures!