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You would have to follow dotted lines that varied per piece in order to trace out a garment.

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In fact, mail order patterns had instructions which were text only up until the early part of the 1930’s.

By the 1910s you can see the addition of a fabric cutting chart. From the advent of printing on patterns, until the early 1960s, most printed patterns by any pattern company will say something about including that technology on the envelope.

In this series I will offer tips for using vintage patterns based on my experiences and research.

The biggest factor that seems to dissuade sewers from using vintage patterns are the perforated, or unmarked, patterns.

We’ll address that after we take a peek inside Mc Call patterns.

This pattern is a pattern which was published before Mc Call started printing on their patterns.

A few years ago I did a heavy amount of researching and preparing for a lecture I gave at Costume College.

I had been asked to post this to my blog, so I am finally getting around to doing it!

Looking at Mc Call patterns makes vintage sewing seem more accessible, because even their patterns as early as the 1920s seem more understandable than most vintage patterns did up until the 1950s.

Mc Call started by doing perforated patterns just like every other pattern maker.

Many did not even tell what size a finished garment would be.