Re: Simplicity Men's Patterns
A positive I see in the Simplicity patterns is that they fill a different niche than other pattern makers. I currently don't own anything from Past Patterns yet, but I plan on ordering at least a few in the future. It must be remembered that while it seems to be a great line, they don't have an extensive men's line. From what I've seen on their website, in terms of CW garb, they offer two kinds of trousers (US Army being one), two shirts, drawers and a paleot. Their 1870's overalls can also be adapted to 1860's style as well.
The Simplicity patterns seem to be entirely civilian oriented, and include a couple kinds of trouser, a vest, cap, braces, a couple different kind of shirts, at least two kinds of drawers, an undershirt (I am unaware of anyone else who offers this) and braces.
While there does exist duplication between these two pattern makers, I would say that their the combination of their products results in a large variety of possiblities, and not so much a competition. It's not like they're both trying to sell Richmond Depot jacket and pants patterns to the same people.
I've bought a couple of the Simplicity patterns to check them out. Right off, I'm very suspect of the braces, as I've never seen or heard of period braces with a metal ring in back. I have yet to check out the other items. Of course, since they're not on the list, I can't recommend them anyhow, but I guess I could say try at your own risk. I agree that experienced sewers could possibly adapt the patterns and instructions to fit their needs.
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