40s Sewing Patterns - Set of 3 - Dresses - sm
Three mail-order sewing patterns from the 1940s for long- and short-sleeved versions of day dresses. All appear to be complete, with the pieces already cut out (which is how they came). The set includes:
* Anne Adams pattern #4541 for bust size 34 in original package
* Unknown pattern maker #2549 for size 12 (bust 30), without package
* Anne Adams pattern #4656 for bust size 34 in original mailing envelope from "The Atlanta Constitution Pattern Department" in NYC
Readers of local papers around the country could send in for patterns featured in their paper. Thus, whether you lived in a small town in Iowa or a big city in Georgia, you'd receive your pattern, all made by the same company, from the same (or very similar) street address in NYC, the envelope bearing the name of your local paper.
These early patterns are unmarked (see photo for sample), but provide all the information you'll need, and then some, on a thorough instruction sheet. There are even illustrations for enlarging or reducing the size. They actually provide more information than most modern patterns. If you can sew, you should have no difficulty.
BDV recommends tracing the vintage pieces onto modern paper (there is commercially available pattern paper for this purpose, but you don't need it. Any paper works fine). Then you can stick pins or mark it up without destroying the originals.
Condition: all three show foxing and other age- and use-related wear, but are fully usable. the torn edges of one do not interfere with any information as only unprinted areas of the instructions are missing.
Would make a lovely gift for the sewing, vintage fashion, or antiques enthusiast, as well as anyone fond of vintage illustrations.
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