We are committed to documenting as many Weigel patterns as possible. We both think that it is so important that this part of Australian history is retained, particularly as it is contained within the 'women's realm.' Historically sewing has been an outlet for women's creativity as well as being practical and economical. Plus these patterns are really, really rare, and are in danger of being lost forever if they aren't documented, collected and cherished.
A whole new world has opened for me! I am like a pit bull, snuffling my way through boxes of paper patterns in opshops. I have contacted a couple of dealers here in Lismore and they are happy for me to upload any of their patterns. The patterns from today are from Christine at Gleanings, Star Court Arcade, Lismore. Christine speaks vintage language, and I love visiting her and her clothes. They are mostly childrens costumes and toys, all in excellent condition, factory folded. The stock would have been pre 1963, and with decimalisation (is that a word) a price sticker was placed over the old price.
I will regularly post patterns I find to spread the love of Madame Weigel. (I think it is pronounced V-eye-gel.)
Maybe everyone can ferret through their stashes of patterns and see if they have any Weigel's luking in them and post them to Vintage Patterns . Also, I just found an interesting article suggesting that these patterns may be worth alot more than we are selling them for at the The Money Manager.
I won't be listing these for sale, they are going back into Gleanings, and Christine doesn't have a computer (quell horreur!) If anyone is interested in these to purchase, you can contact me at my email address.