I was just becoming aware of clothing and its social impact then; I can remember exactly when I wore certain outfits, because I was young and had many milestones — first dance, first capri pants, first grown-up suit, first jobs, important interviews, etc. I also discovered that, from the early 1920’s to 1937, Butterick put a list of each month’s new pattern numbers at the back of be dated — something not possible before. ” in Vintage Advertisements I was taught to regard advertisements as a valuable source of primary research, because they often show occupational dress and stereotypical clothing far removed from high fashion. I do, on purpose, following whatever trail catches my eye — zippers, corsets, makeup, accessories . (Butterick resisted putting copyright dates on its patterns until late in the 20th century.) Here’s a small portion of the resulting chart: cover in November 1961.I can also remember which styles from the period looked stodgy and middle-aged to me at twenty, and what occasions called for hats and gloves. I made it my project to collect the numbers and publish my research online. Trained to do academic research, I wanted to compare the Butterick patterns illustrated in My computer is getting very full of images! Here are a few informative ads in color: A costumer will note the different shades of blue (not gray or black) on the gentlemen’s jackets, worn with light tan or gray slacks, and a pink pocket square. inexpensive operation and upkeep convince her that it is a sound investment value. A new sequence of four digit numbers began soon after that, but I haven’t found any flyers from December 1961 to October 1964 (when pattern No. It would be nice to have proof that renumbering began with a 1000 series in January 1962.Let me break down a basic history of the printed pattern: – Pre 20th Century Books & Periodicals – Sewing patterns were available to the home sewist and the professional dressmaker or tailor in in the form of diagrams, dating back until the 18th century.
There are four large pattern companies still making sewing patterns today: Butterick, Mc Call’s, Simplicity and Vogue.
These are also the most commonly found vintage patterns, though there were dozens of smaller companies who produced some wonderful designs. Some collect designs from just one era, the 1960s Mod look for instance, that may suit their body shape or their lifestyle. I know one collector who buys just the Butterick Young Designers from the 1960s and 1970s.
Starting in 1860, these patterns were sold through her magazine, Mme. In 1863, American tailor Ebenezer Butterick was the first to create a sewing pattern in various sizes.
It was his idea to use tissue paper for the mass production of sewing patterns.
Although originally posted in 1999, the guide remains pertinent today.