And … we have achieved wiki.

VSP wiki

Thanks to sannse (and Jimbo) at Wikia, we now have a brand-new shiny vintage sewing patterns wiki!

I really wanted one place where people could collect information about vintage patterns, and the wiki is, I hope, going to be that place.

What's a wiki? A wiki is a communally-owned, communally-edited website, made up of many smaller articles. (The most famous wiki is Wikipedia.)

Each "article" in our wiki will be about one pattern, and will include, I hope:

— an image of the front of the pattern envelope
— links to places where the pattern is discussed
— links to places where the pattern is for sale
— a wishlist where you can put your name down as someone interested in buying/trading a particular pattern in a particular size
— your comments
— tags or categories that describe the pattern, like "midriff band" or "collar"

The wiki is VERY rough right now, with only a few articles up, but I wanted to throw it open to everyone as soon as possible so that we can grow!

So right now you might be asking yourself, "What can I do to help create this resource?" That's easy! You can start new articles.

1. Go to the wiki.
2. Choose a username and log in!
3. Look at the articles that are there. Have a favorite vintage OUT OF PRINT pattern that's not listed?
4. Create a new article for that pattern. Article titles should be the pattern manufacturer and number, e.g., "Butterick 6015"
5. Upload an image of the pattern. NOTE: a few vintage sellers have agreed to let their pattern images be used: Jen at MOMSPatterns, Rita at Cemetarian, Michelle at, Janet at LanetzLiving, and Julie at … please download the images to your own desktop and then upload them to the wiki. (You have to be logged in at the wiki to upload.)
Otherwise, please only use pattern images you have scanned or photographed yourself, or of patterns you have purchased. Please respect the wishes of other sellers who do not want their images used this way!
6. Include some information about the pattern, especially links to reviews, blog posts, Flickr photos, etc.
7. Have fun!

If you want more information about how to edit, try this link:
how to start editing.

Here's a new model article: Butterick 6015 — you can click "edit" on this article, copy the text, and paste it into your article as a guideline for your edits. (I'm hoping to make a template that will help with this soon.)

Don't worry about making mistakes! It's a wiki! Whatever gets broken, we can fix! Right now we don't have a lot of rules or "right" ways to do things … if we need 'em, we'll work 'em up, but I think the Golden Rule works for a lot of situations, including wikis.

One last thing: I don't OWN this wiki. It's not mine, I don't get any money from it nor will I. It's something for the community of people who love vintage patterns to build, share, and have fun with. Everyone should feel encouraged to participate!

And for those of you keeping track, this is the first of the two geeky projects to be announced …

29 thoughts on “And … we have achieved wiki.

  1. Great idea! There’s something funky in Firefox, though. The boxes on the right side overlap the middle column (covering up part of the scissors, among other things). No, I’m not volunteering to fix it. I might break it more.


  2. Oh dear! I already have a conundrum. What if you desperately want to purchase a pattern and want there to be a listing for it so you can keep an eye on information about it, but didn’t take the picture of it, so don’t own the picture, so can’t post the picture, so can’t make the listing? I am dying to get ahold of Butterick 6737 of “Looking Delightful” on October 8. What to do?


  3. Hi Ladygrande … good question. A couple of people have commented that with the back of the envelope, a sufficiently motivated person could draft their own copy … so in order to encourage sellers to allow us to use their images, I’d like to limit it to the front of the envelope for now. If you have your own front/back images feel free to upload ’em!


  4. I can upload photos but I get an error message when I try to insert them into a page I created. (so, sorry, I’ve just created a bunch of empty pages. can’t figure out how to delete them either.)


  5. Hi Lulu — thanks!Try creating the page first and then using the “insert image” link (might say “insert image”, might just be a little image icon) to put the pictures in …


  6. This is a fantastic idea! I’m not too knowledgeable on editing wikis (yet) but I do enjoy posting photos of my vintage patterns! Thanks for doing this.


  7. I figured out I don’t have any problems inserting photos if I use the “Create article” box at the BOTTOM of the main page (instead of the “Create a new article” link at the top). What a great idea Erin! kinda like Ravelry for vintage sewers. er, I mean, sewers of vintage patterns.


  8. Wow – great idea. Feel free to use any of the pictures from our shop – we have tons of more patterns that we will be adding. Thanks for setting this up.Lindsay


  9. Oooo! Great idea! Can’t wait to see what else is in store.Also, I mustly lurk, but I am a long-time sewer and lover of vintage patterns. Also? WordPress geek. So if you need any kind of help in that area, let me know.


  10. Thanks so much for sharing this Erin. It’s very exciting!I’m looking forward to uploading my vintage patterns, and seeing how the wiki develops over time.


  11. Yay! I plan to take a look at this once I have more time, and I’ll upload what I can. I have a question – is there any collaberation with the folks at patternreview? there are many vintage patterns printed there, could you adverstise to those users somehow?


  12. Tina, you can add more info to any page by clicking on the “edit” button at the top of the page. I went ahead and added the basic section headings (“Links to reviews/blog posts”, “Sources”, and “Wishlist”) to the page you just created. If you have this pattern for sale, you can now click the “edit” link next to the “Sources” heading, and put a link to your store there.


  13. Thank you Lulu! This is new to me (as it is to most of us) So I appreciate the assistance. I’ll try to put a few more up soon.Tina


  14. I forgot to mention – when you click “edit” at the top of the page, you can then copy the text for headings and categories to use in other pages, e.g.:= Links to reviews/blog posts == Sources/Vendors == Wishlist =[insert your username, and make sure your preferences allow for people to contact you via e-mail. Do not list your email address here!] [[Category:Dresses]][[Category:Pockets]][[Category:1950s]][[Category:Simplicity]]


  15. If the inside pattern pages that clearly show the pattern pieces can also be added to the pattern site by those who have access to the inside sheets, that would really be an excellent tool for drafting a copy garment. The pattern pieces also give some clues into the true shape of the garment.


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