Goose Mother: You promised some insight on the creation of and the difficulties of making historically correct patterns. I’m really interested in learning about this.
Andrea Schewe: Yes, I said I would talk about the problems of a modern pattern company making truly historically accurate sewing patterns. If you look back at old movies and photographs of theatrical costumes, up until about 30 or 40 years ago all the “period” costumes were basically whatever the contemporary fashion silhouette of the time was, made to look sort of like the desired period. Examples such as this 1920s Martha Washington pattern issued by Butterick or this costume Sarah Bernhardt wore in her 1912 movie of Queen Elizabeth I make this point vividly. Really … check out any period film from the 1930s through the 1960s or 1970s. What you will find are unboned bodices, zippers up the back, and totally wrong bodice shapes.