These antique vintage sewing pattern sheets were published as supplements to the magazine”Journal des Demoiselles” . This magazine was also known as the Journal Des Dames et Des Demoiselles. It was a Ladies’ Journal, perhaps the precursor of such fashion magazines as Vogue. The Journal was issued monthly & covered many aspects of a lady’s life, presenting a fascinating glimpse of the times. There are stories, fashion articles, patterns for needlework, crochet & the crafts of the day, lots of hats & above all the glorious hand colored prints of women and children in marvelous and elaborate costumes of the day. It is interesting to note how popular the color blue was in this period. The colour prints-see pictures above -would then be reproduced as sewing patterns on large sheet.
Victorian 1800s Mode Illustree 1897 magazine and large sewing patterns sheets including cycling clothes
This fantastic large vintage sewing pattern sheet was published in March 1897 by Mode Illustree in Paris France and was a supplement to The magazine. The pattern sheet of many lines gives layouts and instructions for a number of garments including a dress with a cape; a dress decorated with Galons and with dickey in Tartan; a dress with open jacket and soutache embroidery;a mantelet with elaborate frills.
On the reverse side are diagrams for Costume de Bicyclette or cycling trousers to be worn under a special skirt and blouse.The garments were usually illustrated in the magazine-see pictures!
This edition of Mode Pratique was published in August 1927 and contained several sewing pattern supplements for Flapper fashions which were illustrated in the magazine along with instructions to make up the garments.
The patterns don’t contain seams allowances and no facings are given. Often the pattern will need lengthening too.
Heres some vintage sewing patterns from the 1950s/early 1960s that were published in Paris. The pattern makes have great names-“Allure de Paris” “Paris Luxe” and the great designs of course. These patterns do not include seams and hems allowances.
Mode Illustree was published in Paris France from the late 19th century though to the middle of the 20th century. This Victorian edition contained a large sewing pattern sheet for various garments that were illustrated in the magazine-including this beautiful wedding gown
The French womens fashion magazines “echo de la Mode” (a whisper of fashion) and Femmes d’aujourd’hui” (Women of today) which were both published in Paris, continued to give supplement sewing pattern sheets away with their magazines in the 1960s.
These sheet usually give the garment illustrations for front and back views;pattern layouts and brief instructions. The reverse sheet gives the actual pattern as a series of lines which are meant to be traced off for each pattern piece. Seams and hems allowances aren’t given.
Here are some pages from an 80 page sewing pattern catalogue published in the Winter of 1943 by Les Patrons Minerves et Favoris in Paris France. The illustrations give front and back views, the pattern numbers and the amount of fabric required to make up the designs. Included are dresses, lingerie, coats and suits and blouses, as well as some childrens wear.
The catallogue features all the
Here are some covers from the French womens magazine “mode du Jour” which was published in Paris France during the 1920s. It often featured mini sewing patterns for enlargement-The flapper fashion are wonderful!
Here are several editions of the famous French magazine ” Mode Illustree” published in the late Victorian and early Edwardian era of the 1900s. These editions featured vintage sewing pattern sheets for Wedding dresses and other garments;the bride in her bridal gown features on the front page on several. Mode Illustree sewing patterns at this time were produced on a large sheet of many lines;the pattern requires tracing off. Instructions for using Mode Illustree sewing patterns can be found on this website .
Nouveaute womens magazine was published in the 1930s and 1940s in France and contained fashion illustrations, often sewing pattern supplements and usually a mini sewing pattern with measurments that would be enlarged using squared paper. There were also recipes, home advice and embroidery articles too.