Dating vintage mail order patterns
In 1867, Butterick introduced its first magazine, and Sewing Today magazine, these publications were a showcase of Butterick patterns and the latest fashion news.
Also, they enabled ladies all over the world to buy patterns from their home through the mail.
In no time at all, they needed extra space and expanded into an adjoining house.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.There were patterns that people could use as a guide, but they came in one size.The sewer had to grade (enlarge or reduce) the pattern to the size that was needed. The idea of patterns coming in sizes was revolutionary.