These patterns are “factory folded” and they are a real treat to find.
There is no guess-work about completeness with a factory folded pattern.
Remember, these were manufactured by the thousands!
Vogue patterns were rarely dated, and until the late 1970s, Butterick patterns were never dated.
Most mail order patterns were not dated, though you could get lucky and find one in the original mailing envelope with a postmarked date.
If you have found some patterns you like but the seller has no idea if they are complete, at least check to be sure the instructions are in the envelope, and see if you think the folded tissue is thick enough to match the number of pieces indicated on the envelope.
Also make sure the back of the envelope is intact, as it has valuable information such as the amount of fabric you’ll need. ) to find vintage patterns in pristine condition, but sometimes you can find unused ones that still have the original folds in the tissue.
Paper sewing patterns were first manufactured in the middle of the 1800s.
These first paper patterns were designed by Ellen Curtis Demorest.If you’re paying more than a few dollars you need to ask if the pattern is complete.An accomplished sewer may not mind a few missing pieces, but most of us need them all.Pattern magazines and counter books (the big books in stores which showed all the styles) are also interesting to collect, and they are invaluable aids in helping to place a date on a pattern.When buying vintage patterns there are several things to keep in mind.The easiest is when the maker has put the date on the envelope or on the instruction sheet.