In the Vintage Sewing Pattern Nerds Facebook group, there is a unit on antique pattern drafting systems. As I saw the content being uploaded, I mentioned that it seemed similar to the much younger Bonfit Patterner. Since not everyone is familiar with Bonfit, I am sharing my small collection of Bonfit materials. I have not yet had the chance to read the books or figure out exactly how it is used. I do know that supplemental VHS tapes were offered, so I am hoping to someday purchase those because I suspect that will be both more interesting and a more easy way to learn how to use it.
My set was previously donated to a charity quilting group, who passed it on to me. It came in its original shipping box, unused, but unfortunately the box had mold damage and had to be thrown away. I did salvage the packing boxes for the individuals pieces, which you will see below. My set was originally mailed to Wesley L. Morris Sr. of Ballston Spa, New York on 20 April 1995. He passed away in 2014, and his wife Dorothy, who was born the same year as my grandmother, passed away in 2017. I suspect it was her kit as her obituary mentions that she loved to sew. Here is the original receipt. It appears that the only item missing out of the original shipment is the instructional video.
My set also includes two original, unmarked warranty cards. I find the nature of some of the questions they are asking of their customers rather strange. I wish we could know what sort of information they discovered after polling their customers – what sort of people were they?
My set has three books: Patterner Instructions (listed on receipt as “Instructional Book”), Fashion Sewing Instructions, and Fashion Concepts & Design.
The instructional book includes diagrams and lists of all the pieces that come with each part of the kit, since you ordered them as individual units.
The skirt patterner includes multiple sizes in a single unit. What is odd, is that on the receipt and box there is no size label, yet the individual plastic patterner is clearly labeled “Medium”. This diverges from the bodice patterner, which comes in S, M or L and is so labeled on the receipt and boxes (I have all three sizes). The patterners do not include seam allowance.
There is a video on Youtube by Shirley Adams showing how she uses the skirt patterner.
The skirt “Medium” appears to include the range of waist sizes 26-40″ or 46″ depending on the style.
Like the skirt, the pants patterner has no size designation on the receipt nor box.
The video for the pants patterner is available on Youtube.
This unit comes in S, M or L sizes. I have not yet opened it to determine the dimensional sizes included in each lettered size.
This unit appears to be more of a supplement to the original bodice patterner unit.
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Other blog posts, etc. on the Bonfit System:
- Bonfit Bodice Patterner by Sewingplums