Resto-Vival™ Patterns are original historic patterns that have been restored and revived.
Period original patterns are usually available only in single sizes, and usually precut from tissue paper and totally unprinted, with details like grain lines and darts indicated only by small perforations. Resto-Vival™ patterns are printed on sturdy bond paper instead of tissue and clearly marked with drawn and labeled markings. These markings aid the modern sewer in understanding the markings of the original pattern and the construction of the garment.
Resto-Vival™ patterns follow the period shapes of the original patterns, maintaining the historical accuracy of the completed garment.
Original period instructions are included. These instructions are text only (unless otherwise noted) and fairly minimal, especially compared to instructions for modern patterns.
At least an intermediate knowledge of dressmaking and a good familiarity with pattern construction is suggested. You may choose to have a modern or period sewing book handy to help with basic construction methods that the pattern instructions do not cover in detail. Also, fitting a muslin mockup is strongly recommended, as all garments were meant to be worn over period foundation garments or corsetry.
Difficulty of these patterns ranges from intermediate level to advanced level. The difficulty is generally based on when the sewing patterns were originally created. 1910s sewing patterns generally are more difficult, with very limited instructions that are not illustrated. 1940's patterns usually have more detailed illustrated instructions and are easier for the modern seamstress to understand.
Check the information included in the listing of the particular pattern you are interested in to get a better idea of what is included.