Mail Order Sewing Patterns Sold to Multiple Retailers…

Hello Sewing Patterns Nerds!

For those who are unaware the archive does have a “Bland Envelope Project” we are working on to bring more life to mail order patterns. For all the vintage sewing pattern purists regarding pattern design / style migration through the ages, one pattern may have been sold to multiple pattern sellers through mail order. We have some examples to show you how important it is to save the mail order envelope they come with because it does contain some vital information to help with dating and what company issued it. Such as Pattern company / brand , sometimes a date , which magazine it was ordered from with a logo of which patterns they are offering that season.


Sometimes we go searching to put a face to a name and find many , many faces and names.

First up is Mail Order 5272  Blouse in two versions. Recently spotted in  True Story Spring of 1940 Mail Order catalog and only featured one style in addition to another assigned pattern number B-3062. Happily with a colored graphic  🙂

We add both numbers in its page listing to help with either version the collector may have in their internet search to help with dating.


Secondly we have Marian Martin 5770 spotted in a newspaper clipping and The Household magazine 1937 giving it two additional assigned pattern numbers 9622 and H6505  also included on its listing page for which ever version the collector may have.


We do ask if you have any empty mail order envelopes missing it’s original pattern to save it within your own collection or send it in. We do reimburse shipping.

Happy Patterning 🙂