Dating butterick sewing patterns
There are four large pattern companies still making sewing patterns today: Butterick, Mc Call’s, Simplicity and Vogue.These are also the most commonly found vintage patterns, though there were dozens of smaller companies who produced some wonderful designs. Some collect designs from just one era, the 1960s Mod look for instance, that may suit their body shape or their lifestyle. I know one collector who buys just the Butterick Young Designers from the 1960s and 1970s.However, poor condition and incompleteness do affect value, so pay accordingly.And for an ordinary design, it might be better to wait for a copy in better condition.
It was his idea to use tissue paper for the mass production of sewing patterns.Butterick’s company was also the first to introduce an enlarged and detailed instruction sheet, which they called a “Deltor.” The earliest paper sewing patterns were pre-cut on plain tissue, with notches and holes for markings which aided in construction of the garment.The printed pattern was introduced in the 1920s, but did not become commonplace until just after World War II.The easiest is when the maker has put the date on the envelope or on the instruction sheet.Mc Call, later Mc Call’s, patterns are always dated.