Here you go then - this is my first completed vintage creation. The pattern is from the 60s and designed by 'Orsini'. The cotton fabric was from the jumble sale. If I remember rightly it was about 30p and someone had made it into a makeshift duvet cover. I had to be a bit creative with the cutting out as the fabric wasn't as wide as it needed to be, but I mananged it. I also had to do a bit of readjustment as it was designed for someone with more boobage than me!!
I'm pretty pleased with it - although there's lots of seams, it was a lot less complicated and far more enjoyable than a lot of the modern patterns I've attempted. I've often said to my mum how patterns seem so involved these days - it's no wonder that some people get put off at the first hurdle. She agreed that older patterns were much simpler. I think that modern patterns tend to have one bullet point per instruction which makes them seem really long-winded, whereas older patterns put several instructions into one section, which gives the impression that you've achieved more when you complete it. I'd be interested to hear your thoughts if you've made up any vintage patterns.
I did a search to see if I could find out more about Orsini. Although I didn't find anything specific to that designer I did find out about the pattern range. They were a mail order range produced in the 50s and 60s, usually by big names such as Oleg Cassini, Hunter Scott, Ardanti and Mr Blackwell.
Vintage Patterns Wiki has a fantastic range of pictures of these patterns, great for a browse.