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Star lover
January 11th, 2018, 08:23 AM
The Commercial Pattern Archive at the University of Rhode Island might be the world's largest collection of paper sewing patterns.

Founded with the personal collection of theatrical costumer Betty Williams, it now includes more than 60,000 patterns in an electronic database and an estimated 53,000 on the delicate tissue paper that was never intended to outlive the life of current fashion.


The oldest is an 1847 pattern from the French fashion magazine "Petit Courrier des Dames." Among the more unusual is a men's zoot suit pattern from Vogue magazine.


Link to the site and some sample patterns: http://copa.apps.uri.edu/sample.php?page=1

Note: I LOVE old patterns.......got too many....maybe not.....

January 11th, 2018, 09:45 AM
I have a few from the '50's, one from the 40's, a well as a fine collection since.

January 11th, 2018, 10:43 AM
I still have the pattern my grandmother used to make mom's wedding dress, somewhere....

January 11th, 2018, 12:03 PM
oh this is fun! Some of the old 15 cent knitting pattern mags/books are still my favorites!

January 11th, 2018, 09:13 PM
I have inherited about a dozen French patterns of the 1890s that I don't know what to make of. They are so intricate!