-Original- Pre 1929 Historical Pattern Collection

Authentic Patterns For All!

11 Sep
spamalious said:

Just to clarify: Scans of pre-1929 patterns are submittable, correct? If so, what are some disqualifying factor? Obviously tiny, blurry, pixelated pictures are not worth it. I personally “poach” on ebay for these types of patterns for my stash.

Yes! Very submittable so long as they were published prior to that date.

- Outside of them not actually being from that era or being made from extant garments, I’d say the only disqualifying factor would be if it were significantly damaged/incomplete (i.e. the lines on half a piece of the pattern are missing and the shape isn’t obvious enough to closely replicate). Some of the patterns we have on here are on the small side already, so I can’t really say that size is the end-all factor……I would say that if it’s a complicated pattern (i.e. several pieces) and the image size is smaller than a gameboy color at actual size it’s probably not worth it, haha.

-Yeah, I’ve seen the ebay stuff and do that sometimes as well. If you want to submit those, I would ask to submit the ones where the angle of the pattern is almost totally head-on. At an angle and things get difficult. Also as complete as possible (submit along with other images ideally showing the page description of the patterns).

Thanks for the great questions! :D

10 Sep

Who Doesn’t Love A Good Tumblr Mobile Malfunction in the Morning?

I am extremely, extremely sorry about the crossed wires a couple hours ago. Please accept these two crochet patterns as an apology:

Crochet Jacket and Ladies’ Cape- 1908/1912

(I’m not on my regular computer at the moment, so please let me know if the quality is egregious)

09 Sep

Special Announcement: UPDATE

Hello again!

So, only a few of you weighed in on the last post, but everyone appeared to be in consensus that very high res envelope scans would do the trick. Since this is the case, I might very well be able to get such a thing done sooner. :)

Thanks to everyone who shared their thoughts and comments and again, as soon as I find myself in a legitimate lull, we’ll get the queue up and running again. But first, a small Q&A:

Q: Dear RHP Admin- Why don’t you keep up a constant queue and why isn’t it loaded up more often?

A: A very good and worthy question. There are two reasons:
1. Patterns are usually found in clusters and not free-floating like other images of things tend to be. If you can’t find a cluster, you usually have to resort to books and magazines, which brings us to…

2. When I pull patterns from books and magazines, I almost always have to download the entire book or magazine first. These are always in PDF format, meaning that I have to go through page by page and extract the patterns manually into JPG, label them accordingly, and make sure all associated pages are also extracted and converted and labeled to keep everything falling together in a folder. Depending on how much, say, a years’ worth of Peterson’s Magazine has to offer, it can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour to extract all the pages and get them sorted. Most of our patterns, at least lately, have been coming from books I’ve personally tracked down online and gone through page by page. So, it can take awhile and is always a time consuming process, as is uploading and making sure everything is labeled and tagged appropriately so things like The Directory work as they should. :) So, when I start doing it, I really start doing it- if I can’t, I have to wait until I can.

Q: How can I help jump-start the queue faster and/or help with the lulls between queues?

A: Submissions!! Submissions are amazing and wonderful. Submissions are things everyone can help with! If you find an original, pre-1929 pattern OR own one personally, send it over via the submissions page! Thoughtfully prepared submissions can be posted almost immediately for everyone to enjoy. (if you also find a non-google/internet archive book containing patterns out there, too, please send that along as well) Please check out the submissions page for more info. :)

Q: I found a pattern to submit!! It looks original, but someone’s put their copyright all over it…..

A: According to the Southern District of New York case 50 USPQ2d 1110, even if someone takes an expired copyright work and enlarges it, color corrects it, or adjusts it to make it more itself, that does NOT constitute copyright claim and does not renew any kind of copyright. It does not constitute a new and original work. Period. Therefore, anyone claiming copyright on copyright expired articles are wrong according to precedent (and there are other cases out there in the same vein as well). This kind of false copyright claiming is the sort of thing RHP is strongly against and we refuse to perpetuate it by reposting anything that has anyone’s ridiculous copyright claims plastered all over it. Instead, if you’d like to find out which magazine or book they took it from and share that, that can be used to track down the original work and we can post the original. Again, according to legal prescedence, anyone claiming copyright over original 100+ year old patterns that haven’t been significantly altered to make them an original piece (i.e. it better be in vivid color and caked with glitter or something) are wrong according to the beautiful State of New York- in whose jurisdiction Tumblr also happens to operate.

Comments? Other questions? Please send them over! Thanks again to everyone. :)

07 Sep

Special Announcement!

I’ve just gotten ahold of seven more original patterns (the ACTUAL ones- the real things), from Butterick from I’d say 1915 this time! This brings the grand total to eleven patterns total in my possession, which I will transfer for you guys’ use as soon as I’m back home again this winter (sorry it’ll be awhile).

But I’ve got a question for everyone concerning that- What would YOU find more useful? A scan of the envelope that has the diagram of all the pieces on it in very high quality (for example, basically what’s already on this blog except HUGE), or piecemeal scans of the actual tissue paper pieces?

Some points to consider:
-Butterick and McCall are probably the only two with to-scale diagrams on their envelopes that would work just as well blown up instead of the tissue paper pieces.

-The tissue paper pieces are fairly transparent with no writing on them. They contain notches and holes punched in them, generally making out piece numbers or different hem markings, etc. (i.e. if you took a hole punch and made the number 5 on a piece of paper, this is the kind of thing we’re talking about).

-Seam allowances are added to the pieces but not physically marked on them.

Please let me know what you think either in a reply to this post or an ask/message! :D Looking forward to getting everything up for everybody to look at and use soon!

30 Aug

Welcome All New Followers!!

In lieu of my hard drive dying, we’ve picked up many, many new followers! Welcome to everyone!!

A special reminder that this blog LOVES SUBMISSIONS! We accept all *original period* dressmaking patterns prior to 1929. Modern interpretations, patterns made from extant garments, etc., cannot be accepted- sorry. Please check out the submissions page for more details. :)

There is also The Directory. Every single post on this blog has been tagged appropriately and can be found under its proper labeling in The Directory, so check it out! The Directory is still in beta, however, so if you do spot any problems, please feel free to let me know!

If there’s a decade or era you’d like to see more of, please let me know!

Otherwise, as soon as I can get set up again (sorry, work’s been crazy), we’ll pick up where we left off with Peterson’s. Please look forward to it!

Welcome to all the newcomers, thanks again, and thanks also for everyone’s patience! See you all soon! :D

21 Jul


Hello, everyone! (And welcome to all new followers!!)

My computer’s back from the shop with a shiny new hard drive, but alas everything on the dead hard drive is lost forever. This means, unfortunately, that I’ll have to spend some time re-harvesting (for lack of a better phrase) the patterns I already had lined up before everything exploded.

This will sadly take some time, but I’d like to take this moment to remind everybody that this blog LOVES submissions!! Please feel free to submit any ORIGINAL dressmaking patterns you find directly to this blog! Please keep in mind that modern recreations or patterns made from extant garments cannot be accepted. We are also now accepting outstanding crochet and knitting patterns- i.e. jackets, boleros, exceptional examples of skirts or petticoats, etc. For more information on crochet/knitting, please do a tag search for ‘crochet’ or ‘knitting’ within this blog. For more information on standard dressmaking pattern submissions, please check out the submissions page- the link to which can be found on this blog’s front page.

Thanks for your patience, you guys- it seems to always be something. *sigh*

07 Jul

Arghhhh more bad news…

Guys…my computer died. It’s gonna be at least another two weeks before I can restart the queue- a week to get it repaired and find out the full verdict, and a week to recollect all the peterson’s patterns that died with my hard drive.

Sorry about this, but continue to stay tuned for more patterns soon!!

01 Jul


I’m so sorry, guys- the queue slipped away from me last night as the massive protests going on in Tokyo right now distracted me the entire evening. I currently live in Japan and this particular issue is quite pressing for me and everyone else here, so I hope you’ll forgive me.

I’ll get things started up again in a little while, though. Thanks for your patience! :)

Edit: Will have to wait a few more hours before the queue starts up once more- I’m sorry again! But if you’re interested in knowing what’s going on out here, you can take a look at this post.

01 Jul

Knitted drawers, Peterson’s Magazine- February, 1862.

30 Jun

Talma cape in crochet, Peterson’s Magazine- May, 1858.

This is an exceptional example of a cape and thus included. (normally you won’t see capes here as they’re quite common)