Picture of front of Pattern envelope: Pictorial Printed Pattern 1930s at the Tchad Chicago sewing studio workroom library in Chicago

Pictorial Printed Patterns #6773: 5 Sleeves circa 1935

Just a neat sleeve pattern that was donated to the archive lately.  Someone saw it on the back tables, mentioned that Simplicity had done a reprint of sleeves, and was asking why there would be a need for sleeve patterns alone.

Main instructional page for Pictorial Printed pattern #6773 at the Tchad sewing studio workroom library in Chicgao
Instructions printed on same paper as tissue pieces…

It is a combination of home sewists not having full-blown drafting skills per se and the need to adapt garments you already own to have something slightly different without buying something that was entirely new – especially if you were lower-middle or working class.

Patent information for Pictorial Printed Pattern #6773 sleeve pattern at the Tchad Chicago sewing studio workrooms library in Chicago
Patent dates suggest early 30s, as does shape of sleeves…

Patterns like these were the standard for adapting existing garments and would have been traded between friends as little additions to stay in the current style without breaking the bank.Construction symbol information for Pictorial Printed Pattern #6773 sleeve pattern at the Tchad Chicago sewing studio workrooms library in Chicago

Back of pattern envelope for Pictorial Printed Patterns #6773 at the tchad sewing studio workroom library in Chicago
Back of pattern envelope…

If you like to trace it out, or are interested in a bigger write-up about individual pieces like this, just let us know and we can make that happen!

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