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Old 02-15-2011, 09:44 PM
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Default Really vintage, and small!

There is a woman in a nearby town who sells fabric and other sewing supplies out of her converted garage. A lot of her things are from past seasons, and some, like the pattern I bought today, are vintage.

There used to be a pattern company called Hollywood Patterns and they featured the stars of the day. I bought a dress pattern from circa 1941 featuring Anne Shirley of RKO Radio for 25 cents. The orginal price was 15 cents and the measurements....boy, have we grown. The pattern is a size 20 which is supposed to fit a 38 bust and a 41 hip.

The pattern tissue is blank and there are punched out dots to designate the pattern piece. One small piece had "L" punched out in dots.

I just love finding treasures like this!
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Old 02-17-2011, 04:22 PM
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I love those old patterns too, although I've never made one up for myself.

My grandmother (who is 92) has been clearing out some things from her house, and she has given me several boxes of old sewing patterns, going all the way back to the 30s. Many of them I have sold online because the sizes would never fit me! Back then a size 12 was a 32 bust, 25 waist, yeah right!

I found it very interesting that you didn't have to cut out the old patterns. They came cut already, on plain white paper. I think they stopped making them that way in the 50s sometime.
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