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Men’s Necktie Patterns, 1941 to 1950

These tie patterns were still in the catalogs four years later,  although the illlustrations changed. Presumably, some of these fabric suggestions went out of style. McCall Necktie Pattern #907,  from 1941 Pattern #907 was not new in 1946; by then the … Continue reading


Filed under 1940s-1950s, Accessory Patterns, Menswear

A History of the Paper Pattern Industry, by Joy Spanabel Emery

I’ve been looking forward to this book, A History of the Paper Pattern Industry, ever since I corresponded with its author, Joy Spanabel Emery, about the Commercial Pattern Archives Site at University of Rhode Island.  Her book  about the history of … Continue reading


Filed under A Costumers' Bookshelf, Resources for Costumers, Vintage patterns

Berthas and Capelet Sleeves: 1930

In the 1970s, we called these “flutter sleeves.” When they first appeared in the early Thirties, they were often called “capelet” sleeves. (And their construction was different.) They are reminiscent of a Nineteen Thirties’ style. A variation on the cape, … Continue reading


Filed under 1920s-1930s, 1930s, Capes, Children's Vintage styles, Dating Butterick Patterns, Sportswear, Women in Trousers

French Lining

As far as I can tell, a French lining is a closely fitting interior structure that is usually not the same shape as the finished garment we see. It is different from “flat lining,” or a “dropped in” lining shaped … Continue reading


Filed under 1870s to 1900s fashions, 1900s to 1920s, 1910s and WW I era, 1920s, Costumes for the 19th century, Dresses, Edwardian fashions, Late Victorian fashions, Resources for Costumers, Tricks of the Costumer's Trade, Vintage Garments: The Real Thing, Vintage patterns

Animal Prints and Sheer Yokes, 1927

To the author of the AllWays in Fashion blog, who just wrote “it’s clear many of our old friends are returning for another stylish go-round:” this one’s for you! Synchronicity at work. I’m not in favor of wearing real fur, … Continue reading

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Filed under 1920s, bags, evening and afternoon clothes, handbags, Hats, Purses, Shoes, Sportswear, Uncategorized, Vintage Accessories, Vintage patterns

Formal Styles for October, 1926

“1016 — Paris meets the formal demands of Autumn and Winter with frocks suitable for weddings and receptions, for luncheons, tea and bridge. The cut rather than the fabric makes the difference in this mode, for satin crepe, crepe de … Continue reading

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Filed under 1920s, 1920s-1930s, evening and afternoon clothes, Uncategorized, Vintage Styles in Larger Sizes

Peasant Blouses, 1940’s to 1950’s

When full, puffy sleeves returned to fashion in the late 1930’s, the “peasant blouse” reappeared. This Hollywood pattern from the Commercial Pattern Archive for a peasant blouse is from 1938. “Tyrolean” hats, ski clothes, and embroidery were briefly popular in … Continue reading


Filed under 1930s-1940s, 1940s-1950s, Children's Vintage styles, Companion-Butterick Patterns, Sportswear, Uniforms and Work Clothes

Smocked Blouses for Women, Late 1940’s

“One smocked blouse leads to  another….” After showing smocked dresses from the 1920’s for both women and children, I remembered that I have three vintage McCall Needlework catalogs. I found them, along with several used patterns, at an estate sale … Continue reading


Filed under 1930s-1940s, 1940s-1950s, Vintage patterns

Blouses for Evening, November 1936

Butterick patterns chosen for the Woman’s Home Companion were almost always cost-conscious. These “Gay Blouses” featured in November of 1936 are illustrated in evening materials, to be worn with a long velveteen skirt. They require very little material — as … Continue reading


Filed under 1930s, Companion-Butterick Patterns, Hairstyles, Uncategorized, Vintage patterns

More McCall Hats and Bags, 1946

My copy of the McCall Needlework store catalog for December 1946 shows many delightful patterns for hats and handbags. I’ve already described three patterns from the 1946 catalog that were successful enough to still be included in a store catalog … Continue reading


Filed under 1940s-1950s, Accessory Patterns, bags, Hairstyles, handbags, Hats, Purses, Sportswear, Vintage patterns