Dating vintage patterns
Others collect them because these slim envelopes filled with tissue give a glimpse into a lifestyle that many of us no longer have the luxury to live.They are, in, and of themselves, a documentation of fashion sewing of the past. There's a lot of information available out there -- some of it accurate; some not so much.Jennifer's guide hits all the points you need to consider (including quite a few you've probably never thought of) and it's easy and enjoyable reading.A few years ago I did a heavy amount of researching and preparing for a lecture I gave at Costume College.I had been asked to post this to my blog, so I am finally getting around to doing it!Butterick’s company was also the first to introduce an enlarged and detailed instruction sheet, which they called a “Deltor.” The earliest paper sewing patterns were pre-cut on plain tissue, with notches and holes for markings which aided in construction of the garment.The printed pattern was introduced in the 1920s, but did not become commonplace until just after World War II.
Here's a roundup of some of the sources we've found the most useful and reliable.
You may feel like you need a decipher to understand the markings.
And the instructions can be so minimal that you may feel like you need a decoder to just figure out how to put the thing together!
I hope this will be a multiple part series, to help you understand how to use vintage patterns, as well as learn a little about their history.
I’ll also use this as a tool to help explain what I do with Wearing History patterns, since they’re often called “reproductions”, but, in actuality, after you follow through the series, you’ll come to see how pattern companies that offer “reproductions” differ from each other and also from the original source materials. If you’ve ever pulled out a vintage pattern that has holes instead of printing, it may seem like a giant puzzle piece.