One often finds vintage patterns that have edges cut with pinking shears; this can make a pattern difficult to re-use. Would love to give them to someone. Look for links to these pages at the bottom of the start page. Some of these are loosely based on designs from the movies. Originally it appears that the logo was along the top of the pattern envelope and then in 1935 the logo was along the left hand side of the envelope. Great resources as they don't simply tell you which patterns are from what dates but how to figure out when a pattern is from based on information on the envelope, the style of the company logo, the numbers issued, etc. V1 and 3 have set-in sleeves with self ruffle at lowered edge.
Others were meant to reflect the style of the star pictured. Collect what you like, and also what interests you. You do have to be a member to access the database. Some designs have enough merit that they remain valuable even if the pattern has been cut and used. It appears to have gone out of business by the late 1960s. In the beginning of Home Patterns, the bust measurement is often the only measurement given.
There's a lot of information available out there -- some of it accurate; some not so much. Nor will you be familiar with the many factors that go into pricing decisions on the part of sellers. For many years it was the only book available, and you still can track down a copy for quick, hard-copy reference. You may find it helpful to keep a few notes on the places and date you've visited. Some patterns have printed dates, but many do not.
It is easy to find a printed date on a vintage pattern to determine the date. Item : 348875-A22167 Condition: Good Fits: 30Bust, 25Waist, 32. Simplicity 5455 dates from 1964, so we can see that a side slit shift is a strong look during this era. During the 1920's it seems the dates were anywhere on the envelope back, in the 1930's it was moved to the flap of the pattern and then 1940's and later it was moved to the back edge of the envelope. A self-fabric or a purchased belt may be used. That's what makes for happy collecting. These are also, in many instances, self-reported, but we try to base them on concrete evidence dates on patterns, catalogs, postmarks.
A thrift store near me refuses to sell patterns, but they are smart. Pattern sizing has been fairly standardized between the major companies for most of the 20th century. Sizing Vintage pattern sizing runs much smaller than current clothing sizes. Look along the edge on the back of the envelope, or sometimes on the flap. These first paper patterns were designed by Ellen Curtis Demorest. Some sites will be a better fit to your collecting taste, and some are updated more frequently than others. There is a book series, Blueprints of Fashion by Wade Laboissonniere, that attempts to make sense of all the different numbering systems.
Their envelopes featured Hollywood starlets in the 1930s and 40s. During the early and middle 1930's the Eiffel Tower is part of the logo. This article needs an overhaul, and we'll get to it soon. But what happens if there is no date to be found? While these patterns are less than 20 years old, their limited production runs have made them highly sought-after, especially designs by Issey Miyake and Claude Montana. It mentions the lesser-known companies, too. Butterick and Vogue have both begun re-issuing vintage patterns, confirming the popularity of the vintage sewing trend.
There is a vintage pattern category on eBay, but there are also quite a few small websites devoted to the selling of vintage patterns. You learn the date of one pattern, then another. Until 1956 a Size 12 was for a 30 inch bust. I have studied fashion and costume all my life, so can easily place a pattern into a specific era and, with a little research, can limit this to a couple of years. Many of the important and popular designers of the 1950s and 1960s designed patterns for Spadea, including Ceil Chapman, Jo Copeland, Suzy Perette and Lachasse of London. Starting in 1860, these patterns were sold through her magazine, Mme. It is a style that shows up also in sewing pattern Simplicity 6445 from 1966.
Some collect designs from just one era, the 1960s Mod look for instance, that may suit their body shape or their lifestyle. Fabulous idea to make copies of the patterns — keep the original to admire! Butterick and Vogue did not print copyright dates on their patterns. Ann Adams An American mail-order pattern company. Hollywood patterns are known for the radio and movie stars that hav e graced the pattern envelopes including stars Bette Davis, Lucille Ball and Betty Grable to name a few. The basic style and design elements were the same. A lot of the envelopes are torn or tattered or discolored. I also have all her old school notebooks and projects which I find fascinating to look at.
Since Susie Seller's pattern has no date on the directions, it is likely from the late 50s to early 60s, or nearly 20 years older than she thought. The general vintage sewing pattern dating guide at is organized by decade and include photos of patterns, pattern catalogs and fashion magazines, giving you a good sense of the styles. In the early 1930's the logo was a black with white lettering and featured a woman with a wig and three feathers in her hair. The other smaller companies did not put dates on their patterns. Finding great patterns Local availability of vintage sewing patterns varies tremendously depending on where you live -- and how much shopping stamina you have. It was his idea to use tissue paper for the mass production and sale of sewing patterns. The pert bolero has a round collar and fastens at the neck with a thread loop and button.
Currently I sew lots and lots of vintage clothing but I am also interested in Victorian, Colonial, and Renaissance era clothing as well. Just a few months ago I was told by a dealer that she just threw away a big cabinet full of old patterns. Some collect vintage patterns because they want to reproduce the styles of days gone by for their wardrobes. Dating Vintage Simplicity Patterns 1940 3264-3625 1941 3625-4046 1942 4043-4479 1943 4480-4845 1944 4865-4999 1000-1177 1945 1178-1195 1946 1490-1882 1947 1823-2274 1948 2275-2688 1949 2689-3043 1950 3057-3379 1951 3380-3758 1952 3759-4136 1953 4137-4520 1954 4521-4956 1000-1026 1955 4957-4999 1027-1408 1956 1409-1865 1957 1866-2330 1958 2331-2791 1959 2792-3296 1960 3299-3734 Simplicity Pattern Company, Inc is the baby of the bunch regarding pattern manufacturers. I was just wondering what she ended up doing with it? Blouse gathers to front and back yoke and to the paneled skirt at waistline. How much to spend One of the joys of collecting vintage sewing patterns is that it's a relatively inexpensive hobby: pricing on vintage patterns starts at just a few dollars. Multi-sized patterns with more than one size graded and appearing on a single tissue pattern debuted in the 1970s.