Dating vintage mail order patterns

Ellen Butterick brought out her sewing basket and spread out the contents on the big, round dining room table.

Whether you just want to ogle the fashion illustrations or get your hands dirty and make a new look, it's worth browsing the well-organized site.Carefully, she laid out her fabric, and using wax chalk, began drawing her design.Later that evening, Ellen remarked to her husband, a tailor, how much easier it would be if she had a pattern to go by that was the same size as her son.The first graded sewing patterns were cut and folded by members of the Butterick family and sold from their home in Sterling, Massachusetts.In no time at all, they needed extra space and expanded into an adjoining house.

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