Sunday, May 26, 2013

My Kind of Pattern Catalog

Here are the remaining pages of Butterick Fashion News, May 1939.

I wonder if some day soon I will feel the same about a 1979 pattern catalog?  Probably not.  But perhaps in thirty or forty years another set of sewing bloggers will!

This is my favorite illustration of the bunch.  What do you think she is doing with her foot?  Is she demonstrating something from her recent ballet class to her friend?  Or is she perhaps showing off her fabulous footwear?  And why has everyone else turned around?  I will just have to add that to the list of pattern illustration mysteries!

In the entire pamphlet, there is only one advertisement!  I am actually a little disappointed, since vintage adverts can be so much fun.  Boy have things changed!


  1. The turning back is to show the back of the dress.

  2. Mine too, through and through. These pages are so very rich in vintage style inspiration and beauty. Thank you very much for sharing them and starting my mind off on a great late 30s note.

    ♥ Jessica

  3. *Sigh* I love how elegant these designs look. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Whenever I see a dress, knitting pattern, or sewing pattern, one I just truly LOVE, it will invariably be from 1938 or 1939. Where, oh, where did that genius go???