When moving back to Malmö last autumn I was looking forward to rummaging around the local charity shops and buying lots of vintage sewing patterns. Since then I have only been able to find a few adult patterns in or around my own size that I can imagine sewing up one day. It soon turned out that Tradera (the Swedish equivalent of eBay) was a richer, yet more expensive, source for patterns from the fifties and earlier. I have had slightly better luck with finding children’s patterns at thrift stores. However, as fewer people seem to be interested in them, they can go for as little as 10-15 kr (c. 1.10-1.65 euro) on Tradera.
Today I will present some of the vintage Swedish children’s patterns I have. The following five patterns I bought at Öppna Hjärtat second hand:
The next four patterns were auctions I won on Tradera.The first one seems to be more or less contemporary with the first four Stil patterns, although I still have a hard time dating sewing patterns. Perhaps a mid-fifties to early sixties date would be reasonable?
The following three patterns are definitely earlier. Based on the pattern illustration and tutorial included in the envelope of Stil 3022, it probably dates back to c. 1949, while based on similar evidence Stil 136 must be older, from c. 1945. I guess Record 187 is also from the mid-forties.
Hopefully, I will find out more about Swedish pattern chronology in the future. I know there are pattern catalogues, but I have not been able to get my hands on any of them yet.
Nevermind their dates, the main question is how many of these patterns will actually end up as completed projects. I will soon report back on the dress I am making from the first pattern!