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Oh no, the last Chatty Pattern?

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I bet some of you want the CC series to just keep going, but there’s lots of fun modern stuff on the way for those that didn’t!¬†ūüôā ¬†I actually did a few more things for Cathy, namely her “Nursery School” and “Sunday Visit” dresses.

 The Nursery School and Sunday Visit patterns are available on etsy 

 

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This week’s free pattern is based on a paper doll, but the pattern was so similar to a vintage commercial pattern, I just used it instead, omitting the tucks down the front. ¬†Neckline of blouse and jumper are faced with bias. ¬†You might want to make the hem deeper for AGs to get the same look.

 Download it here

Is this OK? ¬†Read on…

Does scanning parts of an old pattern and uploading them violate copyright law? ¬†Well, when I looked into it, I think¬†it’s OK in this situation. ¬†First off, it’s possible they may be in the public domain, since the back of the envelope says it was¬†copyrighted¬†in 1963¬†(and thus expired 28 years later unless renewed)¬†but¬†there is no copyright info listed on the pattern pieces themselves. ¬†Second, if they¬†were renewed for the additional 47 years permitted, they’d expire again in 2030, but ¬†section 108 of US copyright law says during the last 20 years of any term of copyright protection of a published work¬†libraries and archives free to the public…“may‚ÄĒfor purposes of preservation, scholarship, or research‚ÄĒreproduce, distribute, display, or perform in facsimile or digital form a copy or phonorecord of the work or portions of the work… ” ¬†

So, as a website which has a rather large archive of my own doll patterns, I’m uploading these pieces for you here free for the purpose of preserving them, since the paper is aging rapidly. ¬†You can download them for purposes of research/scholarship, (i.e. learning to sew¬†a historical garment) but despite what some ebay sellers would have you believe, it’s probably not legal¬†for you to reproduce¬†this pattern and sell since the law also states “the reproduction or distribution”¬†must be “made without any purpose of direct or indirect commercial advantage”. ¬†

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