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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. 

 

 

Notes about Dating Patterns:  Numbers are important, but they are NOT the most important thing when it comes to dating patterns.  You must look at things like the Style of the Dress, the Length of the garment, the Hair and attitude of the models and the various logos and prices listed on the envelope.   Each company recycled their numbers.  Different companies started over with different series every time.  I hope I have made your research just a bit easier with this chart.

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1940           2408B-2561B

1941           2562B-2666B

                  5001-5126

1942           2716B-2769   

                  5273-5500

1943           5501-5752

1944           5753-5972

1945           5973-6140

1946           6141-6212

 

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Thanks to: Wade Laboissonniere and his meticulous "Blueprints of Fashion Books", Lori Hughes and her "A Century of American Sewing Patterns", Erin at "A Dress A Day" for creating the wonderful "Sewing Pattern Wiki", All of the contributors to the Wiki, OGal's "Pattern Archive" , 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.
History Of Hollywood Patterns

Created by Conde Nast in 1932, the Hollywood Pattern Company quickly became popular due to the photos of favorite radio and movie stars that graced the envelopes.  Collectors of Hollywood memorabilia often look for sleeves with their favorite stars.  Original pattern prices ranged from 15 cents to 25 cents.  Their manufacture stopped after World War II and due to their short production span they are harder to find and considered highly collectible.  The patterns with a STAR from the War years are the most prized of all. 

Notes about Dating Patterns:  Numbers are important, but they are NOT the most important thing when it comes to dating patterns.  You must look at things like the Style of the Dress, the Length of the garment, the Hair and attitude of the models and the various logos and prices listed on the envelope.   Each company recycled their numbers.  Different companies started over with different series every time.  I hope I have made your research just a bit easier with this chart. The numbers from 1932-1938 are estimates only.

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Ruby Keeler

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Claudette Colbert

1932                1000-1099

1933                1100-1199

1934                1200-1299

1935                1300-1399

1936                1400-1499

1937                1500-1599

1938                1600-1705

1939                1706-1928

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Ruby Keeler again

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Bette Davis

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Margaret Lindsay

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Lucille Ball

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Lucille Ball again

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Betty Grable

1940                1929-1998 

                       400-558

1941                559-788

1942                804-1021

1943                1022-1255

1944                1256-1489

1945                1490-1770

1946                1770-1972

1947                1972-2170

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STAR Pattern

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Thanks to: Wade Laboissonniere and his meticulous "Blueprints of Fashion Books", Lori Hughes and her "A Century of American Sewing Patterns", Erin at "A Dress A Day" for creating the wonderful "Sewing Pattern Wiki", All of the contributors to the Wiki, OGal's "Pattern Archive" , 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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DuBarry 5689 Vintage 1940s Swing Lindy Suit Pattern B32 $10.00
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