Comparisons XII

Copy Cats


One way to view the competition between the pattern companies is that the end-user benefits by receiving more options.  This can range from pricing to a pattern featuring a slight difference in structure that you may prefer over the other(s). 

I don’t view the competition between the pattern companies as a negative thing.  Many times they are driven by popular styles or crazes.  Most often they are driven by what sells and that’s the bottom line for the company.  Sew, they’re always peeking over each other’s shoulders and keeping a pulse on what the customer purchases.

By observing the dates of the patterns, one can figure out who copied who or possibly when a contract with a designer expired.  Or you can watch what new features are added to some classic style.  There are lots of little twists and turns to dating patterns.

In 1980, a claymation short entitled,“Dinosaur,” was released.  This film targeted children and regenerated an interest in the prehistoric period when dinosaurs dominated the planet,  peaking in 1993 with the film, “Jurassic Park.” (Hollywood is driven by what sells too.  Unfortunately, Hollywood does this until well past threadbare.)  By 1985, the renewed interest in the prehistoric period began gathering steam.  In 1986, McCall’s gave us 2577.  In 1987 Simplicity gave us 8378. Just a little background on why dinosaur patterns popped up all of a sudden in the mid 1980s.  Dinosaur costumes also became very popular during this time period.






In the mid 1960s, empire styles became popular, again.  History repeats itself even in fashion.  In 1966, Butterick 4163 was issued.  Five years later in 1971, Vogue gave us the ever appealing Vogue 2553; using a midriff band here seems to signal a fading of the revived empire style.







There were quite a few patterns that offered a front tie at the waist.  Some even offered the option of tying the tie in the front or the back.  This particular Vogue pattern does not appear to offer the back tie option.  Vogue 1818 was issued in 1979 and the designer is Jerry Silverman.  Again, in the late 1980s, another front tie pattern was released by the same company; Vogue 7054.  In 1996 McCall’s 8131 was issued and it offered the option of the tie tying in the front or back. Mind you, there are many more than the three mentioned here.






For the next comparison, we get to hop in the way-back hover craft!  Two cute sundresses. The first is from Anne Adams and is dated 1948.  The Anne Adams pattern has no pockets and has a bit of a more demure look about it, especially with the detachable collar.  The other mail order pattern came from Spiegel and is not dated, so my best guess is late 1940s to early 1950s.  Again, a sundress, but the detachable pieces lend a short sleeve appearance (although the description terms it a capelet) and features deep, side front pockets and a belt.  Overall, the Spiegel Mail Order pattern has a more mature and sophisticated style about it.






Ooops, I see a kitty cat creeping up!  Gotta run …errr….. well, fly for now.  












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