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Current Simplicity Pattern Sizing Chart:

 

Measurements

6

8

10

12

14

16

18

20

22

24

Bust

30½

31½

32½

34

36

38

40

42

44

46

Waist

23

24

25

26½

28

30

32

34

37

39

Hip

32½

33½

34½

36

38

40

42

44

46

48

Bck nck to wst

15½

15¾

16

16¼

16½

16¾

17

17¼

17⅜

17½

Euro. Size

32

34

36

38

40

42

44

46

48

50

 


 




Current McCall's Pattern Sizing Chart:
 

Measurements

(6

8

10

12)

(14

16

18

20)

 

Bust

30½

31½

32½

34

36

38

40

42

 

Waist

23

24

25

26½

28

30

32

34

 

Hip

32½

33½

34½

36

38

40

42

44

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

European Size

32

34

36

38

40

42

44

46

 

 

 


Current Vogue Pattern Sizing Chart:

 

Measurements

4

(6

8

10)

(12

14

16)

(18

20

22)

Bust

29½

30½

31½

32½

34

36

38

40

42

44

Waist

22

23

24

25

26½

28

30

32

34

37

Hip

31½

32½

33½

34½

36

38

40

42

44

46

 

 



Current Butterick Pattern Sizing Chart:

 

Measurements

4

(6

8

10)

(12

14

16)

(18

20

22)

Bust

29½

30½

31½

32½

34

36

38

40

42

44

Waist

22

23

24

25

26½

28

30

32

34

37

Hip

31½

32½

33½

34½

36

38

40

42

44

46

 


 



A brief history of pattern companies, courtesy of Wikipedia:
 

Four historic pattern companies still exist:

 

Butterick

McCall's

Simplicity

Vogue

 

William Jennings Demorest and Ellen Louise Demorest began the home sewing pattern industry in 1860 by holding fashion shows in their homes and selling the patterns. This was the beginning of the Mme. Demorests' Emporium of Fashion. They published a magazine, The Mirror of Fashion, which listed hundreds of different patterns, most available in only one size. Patterns were of unprinted paper, cut to shape, and could be purchased "flat" (folded), or, for an additional charge, "made up" (with the separate pieces tacked into position). The latter version was intended to compensate for the absence of detailed instructions.

 

Ebenezer Butterick launched the The Butterick Company in 1863 to create heavy cardboard templates for children's clothing. Butterick's innovation was offering every pattern in a series of standard, graded sizes. Members of his family cut and folded the first patterns that were sold from their home. In 1866 Butterick began manufacturing patterns for women's fashions, and later added some articles of men's clothing. They began publishing the fashion magazine The Delineator in 1873 to publicize their patterns. Their patterns started as unprinted tissue paper cut to shape, folded and held together by a pinned (later pasted-on) label with an image and, later, brief instructions. In the early 1900's they began to use an envelope to hold the pattern. In the late 1910s they introduced a separate instruction sheet, called the "Deltor" (from the first three and last three letters of Delineator). In 1948, they purchased two new presses specially designed to print markings directly onto the pattern tissue.

 

James McCall, a Scottish tailor, established the McCall Pattern Company in 1870 in New York City. Patterns were unprinted until 1919, when they started printing information directly onto the pattern pieces. In the 1920's, selected patterns had full color illustrations on their pattern envelopes. In 1932 they started printing full color illustrations on all pattern envelopes. McCall usually printed the date of release on their envelopes (the only company which consistently did so before mid-century), which makes it easy to date their patterns.

 

Vogue Pattern Service began in 1899, a spinoff of Vogue Magazine's weekly pattern feature. In 1909 Condé Nast bought Vogue. As a result, Vogue Pattern Company was formed in 1914, and in 1916 Vogue patterns were sold in department stores. In 1961 Condé Nast entered in a licensing agreement with the Butterick Company.

Simplicity Pattern Co. Inc. started producing patterns in 1927. Their goal was to produce an easy-to-use, lower-priced pattern. They were one of the fastest growing pattern companies, opening offices in Canada, London, Australia, and several in the United States. Their patterns are sold in over 60 countries. Their unprinted patterns ended in 1946, and were all printed thereafter.

 

DuBarry patterns were manufactured by Simplicity from 1931-1940 exclusively for F. W. Woolworth Company.

 

Hollywood Pattern Company was started by Condé Nast in 1932. They were known for printing photos of Hollywood stars on some of their patterns, quickly making them very popular. They continued production through the end of World War II.

 

The New York Pattern Company started in 1932 and continued until the early 1950s. They were unique in that the pattern sleeves had drawn characters rather than photos and the paper used was non-glossy.

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