Dating vintage mail order patterns

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12TH ROUND: A shell in first shell, * ch 5, a shell in next shell, skip next chain loop, (ch 6 and 1 sc) in 4 chain loops, ch 6, a shell in next shell; repeat from * around ending as last round.

The big differences are 1) patterns were not multi-sized (there's only one size per pattern envelope) so you can't grade between sizes, 2) lack of availability, especially on the larger end of the sizing spectrum, 3) and changes in fashion silhouette that affect ease.

But don't let this discourage you from trying vintage patterns!

Most issues of The Workbasket have a page or two with ads for sewing patterns. Mail Order 9247 - Perfect for short, fuller figures.

10TH ROUND: A shell in first shell, * ch 3, 3 more tr in same chain loop as last tr, skip next chain loop, (ch 6 and 1 sc) in each of 6 chain loops, ch 6, a shell in next shell; repeat from * around ending same as last round.

11TH ROUND: A shell in first shell, skip next 3 tr, a shell in next (ch 3) loop, * skip next chain loop, (ch 6 and 1 sc) in 5 chain loops, ch 6, a shell in each of 2 (ch 3) loops; repeat from * around ending as last round.

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