There is more difference between 19 that there is between 19.
Besides the general look and art work of vintage patterns, the sizing can be a very good indicator.
although thankfully in the later years most companies did decide on printing the year on the envelope.
When dating a sewing pattern that does not have a year on the envelope, you'll want to consider a few things: The price of a pattern then, like today, would vary based upon an elaborate pattern verse a normal pattern.
No matter what your favorite style or era, eventually you may have questions. For an overview of practical matters, A Beginner's Guide to Pattern Collecting by Jennifer Warris is an excellent place to begin.
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The artwork on the envelopes can also be a thing of beauty to behold all by itself.
By the 1940s patterns gave bust and hip measurements but often the waist was not given (due to the fact that the sewist could change that element). In 1956 sizing changed and a Size 12 was for a 32 inch bust.If you love vintage style then most likely you own a few vintage wardrobe pieces.Over the years many of these vintage pieces have gotten moth holes, faded, or the fabric has become fragile.You must consider the general silhouette of the clothing along with other factors such as hair, price, sizing and envelope style and logo placement you can get pretty close to the issue or copyright date.Please be aware that even if a pattern is dated, it could have been in production for years and could even be a re-release of a previous number. For instance it is very difficult to tell a 1938 pattern from a 1941 pattern. The same thing applies for 1959-1961 and again in the 60s and 70's.