When do you think this pattern is from? I found this vintage petticoat pattern in an antiques shop in California, but I’m having a little trouble identifying the date.

The pattern is numbered 7661, a “ladies’ six-gored princess slip or foundation”. It’s made by the Standard Fashion Company – some internet research tells me that this was a subsidiary of Butterick, in operation from 1888 to 1926. At the bottom of the pattern it says ‘Patented October 4, 1887, and September 5, 1889′ – I assume that’s referring to the company, not the individual pattern. The closest thing I can find online is pattern no. 7241, a very long straight skirt which looks to me like it’s from about 1910.

Do you have anything similar in your collection? Do you know about the history of the Standard Fashion Company? Do you have any clues from underwear history?

There are some more pictures and details on my blog if you think you can help. Thanks!


Simplicity 7341

by Tilly on April 27, 2011 · 9 comments

in 1970s

Greetings, vintage fans! I made this dress from Simplicity 7341 from 1976, in a lovely Japanese double gauze. It was pretty simple to make and is the kind of thing I’d wear all the time, so I’m already planning a bunch more in different colours and fabric types. More details on my blog, Tilly and the Buttons. Au revoir!


The Betty Draper Suit

by Tilly on November 9, 2010 · 19 comments

in 1960s

It must be Mad Men day in Sew Retroland! And here’s my contribution…

So I was watching Mad Men a few weeks ago, when there was a shot of Betty wearing this:

I jumped off the sofa and went to check my patterns, and behold!

The pattern is Simplicity 7032 from 1967. I found it under a pile of rubbish at an antiques shop in Brighton and snapped it up for £1.50.

Here’s my version:

More on my blog, including finished jacket post here and tutorial on sculpting scallops here :)


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