Dating vintage butterick patterns
Even after the end of their patent, other pattern companies were slow to adapt to the new pattern printing technology and most didn’t print their patterns until the mid to late 1950s, so don’t expect that a vintage pattern you buy will have printing like those of the Mc Call patterns, unless you know for sure that that company used printed patterns.
Usually they will say “printed pattern” on the cover, but they may only be partially printed.
Peterson’s Magazine, and other fashion magazines, included an illustration of a garment and a small diagram for cutting in most issues.
Other magazines, both in America and in Europe, published periodicals that included a fold out pattern sheet with many lines overlapping each other, printed on both sides, which included ten or more garments.
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.
The home sewist was expected to have a very good familiarity with garment construction and basic pattern drafting in order to create their own garments.In this series I will offer tips for using vintage patterns based on my experiences and research.The biggest factor that seems to dissuade sewers from using vintage patterns are the perforated, or unmarked, patterns.Over the next nearly hundred years, home sewing patterns went through a transformation with top companies competing fiercely to be the first to bring new technology both in the way the actual patterns were made and presented to the instructions that aided the home sewer.In this post, we’ll primarily at Mc Call, one of the two big companies who led the innovation in the early home pattern market- Mc Call and Butterick.