Mccall pattern dating
Vintage sewing patterns open up a whole new world of collecting for someone interested in vintage fashion.Some collect vintage patterns because they want to reproduce the styles of days gone by for their wardrobes. 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.You must consider the general silhouette of the clothing along with other factors such as hair, price, sizing and envelope style and logo placement you can get pretty close to the issue or copyright date.Please be aware that even if a pattern is dated, it could have been in production for years and could even be a re-release of a previous number. For instance it is very difficult to tell a 1938 pattern from a 1941 pattern. The same thing applies for 1959-1961 and again in the 60s and 70'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.
A hundred patterns here, a hundred patterns there -- after a while it adds up to quite a bit of space.... This article needs an overhaul, and we'll get to it soon.
although thankfully in the later years most companies did decide on printing the year on the envelope.
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.
For your next step, we recommend the vintage patterns overview written by Vintage Fashion Guild members Karen Gray and Elizabeth Bramlett.
It's an easily digested summary of the history of sewing patterns and a good introduction to the important pattern companies.