While cleaning, I finally got around to doing something with all my lovely vintage pattern collection. I've read somewhere that comic book stores have great acid free plastic baggies with with acid free cardboard. My comicbookaholic son confirms this fact. The cardboard can be used to keep the tissue pattern away from the instructions and the pattern envelope. Apparently the tissue and the paper from the instructions and envelope cause each other to disintegrate faster than they would otherwise.
I wonder what the clerk at Night Flight Comics thought when I purchased several comic book bags with cardboard backing. He probably just thought I was buying for my son who was with me. I don't look like the comic book type...or do I? No matter. The bags were 25 cents each.
First, I took a pattern of which I had previously made a copy. I pinned my copy together. I put the envelope and instructions in front of the cardboard and the tissue pattern behind the cardboard.
I then clipped the pattern and my replica on a skirt hanger and hung it in the closet
The other patterns were placed the same way in the bags but are now in a filing cabinet roughly ordered chronologically from 1946.
The large Vogue patterns do not fit in the comic book envelopes.
While going through my patterns, I found that a previous owner had made tracings and fittings of a pattern on tissue and butcher paper. I wondered who it could be and if they actually made the pattern again.
I now feel organized enough to actually finish a vintage pattern I started over a month ago! Happy sewing to me!