Victoria Jones Collection patterns are professionally drafted by hand, using classical techniques. The garments are then sewn and wear-tested several times. We check them for comfort and ease of movement; it is one thing to create a flat pattern design and quite another to create a design which is graceful in motion. Once we are satisfied, the patterns are graded and finished using a professional computer program.
The patterns are printed by McCall Patterns on the familiar brown tissues and instruction sheets. The instructions are written to be as clear as possible. With a basic sewing knowledge of how to use a sewing machine, anyone should be able to sew these patterns. I am also available through the contact form to answer any problems that may arise.
Read more about sizes in Pattern Help.
I group my patterns loosely into the following mini-collections:
100 series: Muumuus and Maxi dresses: Many of these can be easily shortened to knee and tunic lengths, or adapted to beach wear.
200 series: Classic Hawaiian dresses and Authentic Hawaiian shirts, Japanese jackets
300 series: Resort Wear and Maxi dresses
I value all your requests and want to produce the patterns which you enjoy wearing. Many of the designs are longtime favorites of the locals. They are classic, graceful styles which can look completely different when made in various fabrics. I have seen #101 look so soft and feminine, made in a white eyelet. The same dress, sewn in red and yellow Hawaiian print with two-color ruffles at the hem, looked positively fiery!!
Many of my patterns can be shortened to midi or knee length for running about town, or to tunic length for wearing over some cute capris. #105 and #309 work especially well for this. I have seen the #200 style on a Paris runway in Fall 2009 in a knee length, worn off the shoulder with a self belt. The Spring 2011 Paris fashion preview showed the Japanese jacket style of #230 in flowing silk chiffon in several lengths.
When I began my company in 1990, color printing was very expensive. Therefore, my patterns had envelope covers in black and white. In recent years, technology and color process have changed. I am now able to reproduce the original color artwork on my pattern envelopes when the patterns are reprinted. Most of my patterns now have color envelopes.
Recently I began to expand into some new lines:
Porch Swing: On its way now! Easy-sew, easy-wearing soft dressing perfect for sipping sweet tea and relaxing.
Working Ranch: This series is coming soon. This group was inspired by a ready-to-wear project I recently completed. These are real cowboy and cowgirl shirts designed to look good while doing real work. Some are more Western and some are more Paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy). All are for living from the heart.
Please review the measurement charts on each pattern before you cut out your fabric. Home sewing sizes are different than Ready-to-Wear sizes, which you find in stores. Some muumuus are slightly shorter than others, so check the length too.