Vintage 1920s Costume Pattern Childrens Clown McCalls 2833 Size 8

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Fab clown costume from 1921 -- or at least, that was a reissue date since there is a piece included (see pic 5) with the same layout from 1906 where the seamstress said, "A-ha! I've seen this puppy before!" Eons ago, the seamstress took the decaying envelope (always on much poorer quality paper than the pattern pieces themselves) and glued it firmly to a bag.

The pattern is cut, complete with instructions -- as much as you got in those days. See the "How to Make" on the back of the envelope. That's it! :-) HOWEVER, unlike any other pattern I've seen of the era, it is printed beautifully on blue tinted paper, complete with cutting lines, stitching lines, notches, and grain indication -- something that doesn't pop up again until the late 1950s. The pattern is in good condition overall with one tear, easily taped, but I'll leave that to the buyer.

On the Front and Back pieces, there are insets with further instructions and options as to fabrics. There is also an additional piece (see pic 5) which doesn't correspond to anything despite looking like it was cut from the collar piece. Who knows?! Perhaps the child wanted a different collar, and the seamstress obliged.

SIZE: alas, the portion of the envelope with that information is missing. It was printed in sizes 6, 8, 10, 12 with corresponding chest measurements of 26", 28", 29.5", and 31". Since this is a super loose fitting costume, judging the size is difficult; however, it is 21" across the bodice at the base of the armhole and 39" from the top of the should to the bottom of the pant leg, and inseam from crotch to ankle ruffle is 16.5". If you double the 21" (cut 2 after all), you have a finished chest of approximately 40" -- given the length, and considering that the standard trouser inseam length for a size 8 at the time was 18" and 20.5" for a size 10, I'd put this pattern at an 8.

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