Vintage knitting patterns are a great source of inspiration to knitter, designers and historians.Here are Ten Top Tips to help you work out the year they were published.Just click on the cover and browse the list of pattern vendors who have the look.Whether you just want to ogle the fashion illustrations or get your hands dirty and make a new look, it's worth browsing the well-organized site.Arranged by decade, garment type, designer, and more, you might just be inspired to whip up a dashiki for your next costume party or try out a chic outfit at the office with a skirt suit from the 1960s.
At the time, producing dress patterns for the home sewing market was the exclusive province of Mc Call's and other magazines.
I've compiled information on Advance, Butterick, Du Barry, Hollywood, Mc Call and Simplicity patterns from the internet into one place so hopefully this helps someone trying to date a pattern.
If you find something that is contrary to your knowledge please let me know so I can adjust this post to be more helpful.
In the late 1940's the type face was changed from a script font.
From various Advance pattern booklets Butterick also didn't print the copyright of their patterns anywhere on the pattern.