I learned tailoring in early 1990s, and although this was close-fitting pattern construction (by M. Müller & Sohn, a.k.a. Rundschau after their journal), my teachers repeatedly said that it was no where nearly as detailed or close-fitting as, say, back in 1950s. The lines became straighter, the fit roomier, but most of all – the female figures became more “streamlined” compared to Marilyn’s hourglass: the waists expanded and the boobs went south as women in the “liberated” world burned their corsets, their bras and sometimes their knickers! 😮
There we are, on the left – liberated. 😦
I’ve often wondered just how detailed and close-fitting those 1950s patterns actually were. And then I saw this on eBay:
Eight issues of Praktikus Modenblatt from 1951 and 1952, complete with all the pattern sheets – 487 patterns in a range of sizes covering every season! And even if only half of those patterns are of interest, still, what a treasure trove! Considering that original vintage patterns are £20 a piece if you are lucky enough to find one in your size, I think this may well be one of the best £100 I’ve ever spent (buy 5, get 482 free!).
They haven’t arrived yet… but where shall I begin when they do?
It’s not just dresses and coats either. There’s also lingerie and menswear! My husband immediately uttered “I like that work overall! And that smoking jacket!” – and all he’s seen were some pictures from the eBay listing! So I’m posting these pictures here for you to see and drool too. 🙂