Other related items that can be collected along with vintage patterns are old pattern books from fabric stores and departments and monthly or quarterly pattern magazines that were issued by the pattern companies.
They are, in, and of themselves, a documentation of fashion sewing of the past.In some cases this can add to it's charm and it can become "shabby chic", but if your looking for just "chic" then be prepared to shell out some cash or if your handy with the sewing machine (why, yes, I am!) 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.The first commercially produced sewing patterns were designed in the mid-1800s by an American milliner named Ellen Curtis Demorest.With her husband, William Jenning Demorest, she founded a company to bring au courant French fashions to the United States via sewing.To market these latest European styles and her patterns of them, the couple launched a magazine called “Madame Demorest’s Mirror of Fashion” in 1860.But American tailor Ebenezer Butterick was the first to produce sewing patterns—which were pre-cut and marked with notches and perforations—out of tissue paper. In 1866, Butterick finally produced its first dress pattern for women.Each “designer” had a different New York city address, which Smith thinks were mail drops to distinguish the bylines.The company also used regional names such as Carol Curtis in the Midwest and Mary Cullen in the Northwest.But the illustration style, the lettering, and the instruction sheets’ layout and typeface are nearly identical, and, although they were mailed in envelopes with different (but stylistically similar) designs on them, the return address was almost the same for many companies.Quilt Historian Wilene Smith has determined that Nathan Kogan, Max Levine and Anne Bourne formed a business called Needlecraft Service, Inc. As yet pattern historians know nothing about the actual designers who created the innovative patterns and drawings.Printed patterns (pattern pieces with printed edges) were more expensive than unprinted patterns.(With unprinted patterns you match notches and cutouts together).although thankfully in the later years most companies did decide on printing the year on the envelope.