Hello my dears. I am just a workin’ away on my 50’s style swimsuit. I’m on Muslin Two after MUCH modifications to an old Kwik-Sew pattern I found on Ebay. Here’s what I need help with.
I am trying to recreate this suit. I used a vintage pattern as a starting point and have significantly modified a lot of the design, basically drafting this beast myself using some existing pattern pieces as a guide. It’s a Frankensuit.
I would love to share this handiwork with you.
I was thinking I could make a nice little PDF package so everyone could enjoy a swimsuit that makes your T&A look spectacular. However, since there are elements that are based on a vintage pattern and the suit is heavily inspired by a designer swimsuit currently being sold, I am worried about running into copyright issues. Anyone know anything about this? Maddie? If the garment is significantly different than the original am I okay? Seems a shame to do all the legwork figuring out this garment without being able to share it….
Which leads me to the bigger issue. I think copyrights on vintage patterns are BULLSHIT. If the pattern company never re-releases the pattern, why shouldn’t we able to share them with each other? Wouldn’t it be great to say, scan a Vogue Original and put it online so all of us sewing nerds could make the damn thing instead of hoping on a prayer the one we’re looking for shows up on ebay for less than $80? It’s not like a book published in 1965 for example – books stay in print and are easily accessible to those who want to read them. Finding particular vintage patterns is like the search for the holy grail. Is this just my generational attitude towards free online media talking here? Am I being irrational in wanting to create a Free Pattern Economy where anything older than say, 1990, is readily available to all the hardworking sewists salivating over old Buttericks and Simplicitys? I WANT A FREE TRADE PATTERN AGREEMENT. A PNAFTA, if you will.
What do you think?
Also, is my ass gonna get sued if I give you guys this swimsuit pattern?