As a sewer, I’ve always been a big fan of vintage patterns. I like to play a little game with them…first I examine the fashions, accessories, hair and make up and secondly judge from the style of illustration. Then I try to guess the date. Lastly, I turn the package over and look for the date of printing on the reverse – and see how accurate I was.
Vintage clothing never comes with a date, so paper patterns are a great way to test your skill. I’m going to make it easy for you though as I’ve already read the dates on these and can confirm that they’re all from the 1950s. They’re from the selection we have in the shop, dating from the ’40s to the ’80s. Prices vary from $8 to $25. Brands include Simplicity, Vogue, McCalls, Butterick, Pauline (based locally in Smith St Collingwood), Style and Weigels.
We also have some vintage haberdashery: trims, braids, ribbons and sequins from the ’20s to the ’70s. Might have to take some photos sometime so you can see how pretty they are.