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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