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With her husband, William Jenning Demorest, she founded a company to bring au courant French fashions to the United States via sewing.
To market these latest European styles and her patterns of them, the couple launched a magazine called “Madame Demorest’s Mirror of Fashion” in 1860.
Don't be afraid to double check with the seller as to the completeness of the pattern...there are few out there who do not really check the patterns but claim to do so!
Always check their feedback as well..a seller does not actually check the pattern, and does not honor a buyers claim as to one being incomplete, it will show up there eventually. My personal belief is that if you are buying the pattern to keep in your collection only, then try to find the best but that can be quite difficult as patterns were not designed to last for decades.
Only affluent, high-society ladies had the money to wear the newest styles coming out of Paris and New York made for them by high-end designers and tailors.
Butterick’s graded tissue paper patterns had a wide-reaching impact, offering access to high fashion to almost anyone who could sew, in the United States and various countries around the globe.
They are rare but worth the money if you are serious about dating your collection.
Some specific companies dating policies: If you are purchasing designs with the intention of using them but do not want to damage your pattern, I suggest taking the time to copy your original instead.
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The first commercially produced sewing patterns were designed in the mid-1800s by an American milliner named Ellen Curtis Demorest.
By 1903, Butterick was one of the largest manufacturers in the world.