Dating vintage sewing patterns
When dating a sewing pattern that does not have a year on the envelope, you'll want to consider a few things: The price of a pattern then, like today, would vary based upon an elaborate pattern verse a normal pattern.
Printed patterns (pattern pieces with printed edges) were more expensive than unprinted patterns.
Early 60's kept this price and children's patterns remained this price for awhile in the 60's.
In the 1930's character sketches on the pattern featured very faded faces and just really an 'idea image' that it was an actual person.
I'd really love to find a 1940's military style dress pattern with a hat. Dating old sewing patterns isn't as easy as just looking on the pattern envelope...
although thankfully in the later years most companies did decide on printing the year on the envelope.
And with a whole new era of young women going retro, it might be worth giving up vintage shops in favor of creating new pieces based on these vintage patterns.
Update: For clarification, this database is a resource for those interested in fashion design and its history.
High fashion names like Dior and Givenchy, as well as looks modeled off costumes from movie stars like Audrey Hepburn remind us how pervasive patterns and creating fashions from scratch once were.Just click on the cover and browse the list of pattern vendors who have the look.Whether you just want to ogle the fashion illustrations or get your hands dirty and make a new look, it's worth browsing the well-organized site.) then you can do the vintage thing and just whip yourself up a lovely frock or two! Here are just a few good reasons: Personally as I've begun exploring vintage fashions, I've found that I am most attracted to styles from the 1940's.That's not to say I wouldn't mind making a couple June Cleaver type dresses, but mainly my personality and what I am used to wearing is more figure flattering for the 1940's.
It features historical, visual guides with sample images of vintage sewing patterns.