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History Of  Dubarry Patterns

Manufactured by Simplicity Pattern Company, DuBarry patterns began in 1931 for selling exclusively at Woolworth Company Stores.  The latest date found is 1947.  Original prices ranged from 10 cents to 15 cents. 

Notice on the earliest pattern that it is  du Barry and was later changed to DuBarry.

 

Between 1933 and 1936 DuBarry patterns were marked with the NRA logo to support the National Recovery Act.

Because of their short production time they are harder to find and are considered highly collectible.

 

Du Barry patterns are hard to date by number.  They seem to skip around and some have a B behind the number and some have a D in front of the number and there are even some with a T. 

 

The pattern number is only an indicator of the date on vintage sewing patterns.  You can’t use the number alone because the companies would start over again when they got to a certain level.  You must consider the general silhouette of the clothing along with other factors such as hair, price, sizing and envelope style and logo placement you can get pretty close to the issue or copyright date.  Please be aware that even if a pattern is dated, it could have been in production for years and could even be a re-release of a previous number.

 Style eras often crossed decade lines.  For instance it is very difficult to tell a 1938 pattern from a 1941 pattern.  The basic style and design elements were the same.  The same thing applies for 1959-1961 and again in the 60s and 70's.  There is more difference between 1964 and 1967 that there is between 1969 and 1971.

Besides the general look and art work of vintage patterns, the sizing can be a very good indicator.  In the beginning of Home Patterns, the bust measurement is often the only measurement given.  By the 1940s patterns gave bust and hip measurements but often the waist was not given (due to the fact that the sewist could change that element). 

Until 1956 a Size 12 was for a 30 inch bust.  In 1956 sizing changed and a Size 12 was for a 32 inch bust.  In mid 1967 the standard changed once again and a Size 12 became a 34 inch bust and remains so today.  So if you are trying to date something near the year of size change, the size can be a great clue.

All Numbers listed have been found either on a dated pattern, or in a magazine or other publication of the period. 

These pages are constantly changing as new information and new publications are found.  So check back often to see the current changes.

 

1931 1931 1932
1933 NRA Seal 1934 NRA Seal 1935 NRA Seal
1936 1937 1938
1939 1940 Numbers 2318-2451 1940
1941 1942 1943
1944 1945 1946

 

Many Thanks to: Erin at "A Dress A Day" for creating the wonderful "Sewing Pattern Wiki", all of the contributors to the Wiki, and all of my wonderful friends and pattern sellers and collectors who share their information and photos and knowledge.  (there are too many to list here, but you can find them on my Links Page,) and last but definitely not least, my Dear Husband for giving me tons of help and encouragement to research all of the data to compile for your research benefit.

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