"Make It Yourself"

by Sarah A. Gordon

Home Sewing, Gender, and Culture, 1890–1930

McCall’s 5044 Sleeve

McCall’s 5044 Sleeve

McCall’s obtained a patent for printed patterns in 1919 and began selling them in 1921. Printed patterns need no perforations or notches, and could include instructions on the piece itself.

Photograph by the author of a pattern in her collection. Used by permission of the Butterick McCall’s Vogue Pattern Archive.