If you’ve spent any time on the vintage Pattern Wiki at all, you’ve met Birgit (she uses the name Tarna there). Birgit has made much more than FORTY THOUSAND wiki edits, and is one of the main helpful elves who help maintain the wiki, keep it neat and tidy, and hold the hands of those who need help—and boy, do I appreciate it!

Here’s a quick interview with Birgit:

How did you get involved in the pattern wiki?

One fortuitous day in early December of 2007, I read on your blog that a wiki for vintage sewing Patterns had been established. Finally, my hoarding of pattern pictures already sold was given a justification! I quickly proceeded to submit them, and start scannning in all the others, and have not stopped ever since. I format, add categories and descriptions, clean up redundant categories, track down noting duplicates, typos and broken or expired links – practically every day.

What do you like to do best in the pattern wiki?

I absolutely love doing a random search, and happening upon a treasure I had never seen before. It is a bittersweet thing, as many of them are not (immediately – hope springs eternal) available. another delight is seeing what new pattern images have been uploaded, as well as discovering that one of the elusive wished-for patterns had a new vendor noting added. Seeing a picture of someone’s finished work is the ultimate, though.

Generally, the idea of preserving the history of these patterns, making them approachable, searchable, and link to the ones you can purchase is what I love about the wiki, and with over 22,000 pattern pages now up it is becoming much more helpful every day. I have even been contacted by magazine writers who were searching for a high resolution image for the article, based on their search of the wiki.

Do you have any favorite pages?

There are too numerous patterns to list – I am a major addict – but when it concerns the special pages, new files is among my favorites as a quick gallery of new additions. The designer category pages also stand out.

How would you encourage other folks to get involved?

Just start by browsing around; get familiar with the search feature (what it does and does not bring up) and with the general formats and the proper date ranges (no later than 1985). Then, get to uploading. If you have questions, ask one of the frequent contributors by going to the community tab on the left, or use the forums. If you make mistakes, don’t worry – many are completely and easily fixable.

And please, pretty please, submit pictures of your finished vintage creations. There are far too few (check out the Gallery photos category). At least, add a link to your other online postings such as blogs, picture galleries and reviews. petite Main, our busy admin, is doing an amazing job of hunting these down and linking them, but certainly, there should be much more of you out there actually sewing and creating!

Are you active in any other wikis?

Um … no. I certainly hope nothing else I am seriously interested in comes around – housework and other necessities would end up completely neglected.

Birgit also runs the Stitches and loops pattern store at main street mall online — the pattern at the top of this post is from her store, isn’t it gorgeous? I also love this amazing Stealth Pocket dress and this Mollie Parnis developed shirtwaist. Sooo pretty.

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