Never enough Perfection
It seems to have become my own personal mission to track down every copy of these Parisian pattern catalogues issued in the 1930s and 40s. I already own one copy of Perfection from 1937, and one from 1941. And today the postman delivered, all the way from France (which was strangely exciting), more Perfection. A copy from summer 1938!
I’ve mentioned before that I think these catalogues were for patterns by a company called Editions Bell. They offer to send you a pattern of “impeccable cut” drafted to your measurements within 48 hours. (This seems to have been a service aimed at professional dressmakers rather than home sewers.) Interestingly, they seem to offer the choice of a paper pattern or one made of fabric (presumably so it could be fitted as a toile?)
Ah, those classic 1930s colour combinations! Dark blue with pink contrast, and brown with light blue:
The catalogue is filled with so many intricate styles my brain almost short-circuited. (I got a little carried away with the camera.) Wouldn’t it be fun to recreate one WITHOUT a pattern? What a sewing challenge that would be. (I’ll have to take myself sternly in hand- I should really make something I would actually get some use out of….)
Update: This catalogue is now available as an instant download here in my Etsy store!