Time: the late 1940's early 50's. The world is at war. How did it effect sewing patterns in England?
I had the opportunity to obtain several British WW2 era sewing patterns. They reminded me of Pevensie kids in the recent Narnia Movies.
I have patterns that are printed in the US at the same time. They are using color.
|Vogue children's pattern late 1940s early 1950s|
McCall's, who had a patent on printing on their pattern tissue paper used pre-cut pattern paper. The printed tissue sewing pattern was fairly new at the time. In the US - McCall's still printed on their tissue paper patterns, and so did Simplicity. TheUS Butterick patterns I have from those years are still using pre-cut tissue paper patterns.
The patterns were taxed.
The designed used limited fabric. These patterns were present in both the US and British market. Everyone was conserving fabric.
The paper that the patterns are printed on (at least the patterns I have) are of good quality for the pattern tissue and the instruction paper, perhaps this is a difference between British paper and US paper. I have quite a few instructions sheets from that era printed in the US, who have seen better days.
I enjoy the images, history and stories that come to me with each package of patterns that come my way. I enjoyed going through the wardrobe to see this different world.