"Make It Yourself"

by Sarah A. Gordon

Home Sewing, Gender, and Culture, 1890–1930

A Maze of Dots and Dashes

A Maze of Dots and Dashes

Some turn-of-the-century patterns were made with overlapping lines representing different pieces of one or more garments. The consumer would trace one set of lines to make her pattern pieces.

Photograph by Kathy Woodrell. The Library of Congress.