When I look at the evolution of sewing instructions, it does look like a cyclical occurrence. Started with only detachable printed patterns on fashion magazines, with few “to do” overall instructions, them came what we now call vintage patterns, the ones that used to teach home sewist the ropes on how to sew. *Do note there are many vintage patterns without instructions or notches:God bless your mama and grandma on those days. I do love to find ones that includes some fashion advice.
With the creation of mass publishing and clothes production we find mainstream sewing patterns as many of us know still these days: Outdated instructions and bad/lack of illustrations.
Coming to the modern sewist rescue, indie designers started to appear and dazzled us with beautiful illustrations, clear step by step instructions that holds our hand at every step of the way. With a strong support of blogs, online classes and tutorials as a side aid to us all.
Recently I have notice that even indie designers are resorting to only providing basic printed explanations and offering us links to the details via online tutorials. That’s not only new designers but our trusted ones that enchanted us a few years ago.
Does the future of patterns printed instructions would be to return it back to basics, with only the bare bones ” to do” and online tutorials will take it’s place on providing in depth details we grown to love. It’s what it’s seens to me.
What do you think?