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Sharing the story of pattern company beginnings, from the creation and development of the patterns they sold, the marketing and advertising through to the manufacturing and distribution process, as well as an extensive collection of full-colour illustrations of the patterns themselves including price guide, lovers of vintage style and history buffs alike will revel in this factual documentation of 1950s fashion. - Makeitshabby.com Jan 2015

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Wade Laboissonniere studies and collects vintage patterns and archive materials that document twentieth century fashions. He is also the author of Blueprints of Fashion: Home Sewing Patterns of the 1940s.
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Product Details

  • Series: Schiffer Book for Collectors and Designers,
  • Paperback: 175 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Pub Ltd (August 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764309196
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764309199
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #949,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A good book to add to sewing library.
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The wonderful glossy paper quality of the book just enhanced it all.
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Packed full of so many lovely (FULL COLOUR!!)
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Susan Bischoff on June 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book begins with an interesting overview of the beginnings of the home-sewing pattern industry, and has many interesting tidbits on that alone. But the real treat is page upon page of reproductions of the fronts of pattern envelopes from the fifties, most in color, and all beautiful. Hundreds of ideas for clothing for today.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Patricia VINE VOICE on September 26, 2008
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THIS BOOK, "BLUEPRINTS OF FASHION -- HOME SEWING PATTERNS OF THE 1950s", by WADE LABOISSONNIERE is truly a treasure-trove for those who remember, fondly, the sewing patterns of this era. In a book of 175 numbered pages -- most of them filled to the brim with beautiful full-colour pictures of dress-pattern envelopes, designs from store counter pattern catalogues, and advertisements of the era -- one cannot, of course, expect to find every dress pattern created during this era. But the author certainly gives as wide a sampling as possible! The paper is wonderfully "slick"...like that found in Vogue and other magazines, only, (wonderfully!) just a bit thicker! The author obviously feels deeply about the delights of his subject matter -- it shows, and comes theough with every page!

The very beginnings of the pattern industry are shown, beginning with a dress pattern of 1856 -- published in a magazine, with pattern pieces given! Patterns from companies now, sadly, no longer in business, (or so I believe -- please correctr me if I am wrong!) -- "Hollywood", "Advance", "Spadea", and "DuBarry" are also featured. The history of dress patterns of the 1950s, of course, dominates this book...but it's very nice to have background of the years before, (and after...1960s and '70s patterns also appear, on fewer pages of course), as well!

Pages devoted to the merchandising of printed dress patterns, and their manufacture, are also included, (with fascinating photos of same!) And printed patterns for MEN are not neglected -- though I wish more were shown.

Whether the author is aware of this or not, he seems to have captured a genuine rarity in fashion-pattern envelopes.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By B. Louis on June 2, 2006
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This is a *wonderful* reference for anyone interested in vintage fashion or vintage patterns. Wade Laboissonniere tells the history with page upon page of breathtaking photographs of patterns from the past. Each page truly is more delightful than the last. I will be ordering Blueprints of Fashion: Home Sewing Patterns of the 1940s immediately and can only hope that Mr. Laboissonniere is working on the 1960s and 1970s.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca E. Aargent on January 19, 2009
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I was really excited to find this book. Although it arrived quickly and in excellent condition I was disapointed once I had opened it. The images are tiny (and have been cropped)and are only of the front of the pattern packet. It is interesting to see such a collection of patterns and designs but they are so small you can't see any details!.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Victoria Hannah on August 18, 2007
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What a magic book! From the history of commercial patterns to the fantastic quality of the colour photography, the original pattern envelopes just came alive.The wonderful glossy paper quality of the book just enhanced it all.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LuvTOOread on August 22, 2010
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Bought this years ago and still use it. If your a collector of Vintage Sewing Patterns it is a must have. Dates the patterns and lots of great pics to drool over.
It was written before the internet took off which helped the price of Vintage patterns to explode. Some now go for 100's of dollars. Worth the price just to date the patterns.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DALawson on April 8, 2014
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This selection went beyond my expectations, This collection is an amazing snapshot of sewing patterns from the 1950s - some of which I recall my mother using and others that both my daughter and I recently purchased from online vintage pattern sellers. On top of everything, are the narratives that put sewing during this period in historical perspective, especially from a business and promotional standpoint. I love it.
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