Rare National Bellas Hess Girl's Dress Pattern circa 1925

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This is a rare find--a dress pattern from National Bellas Hess, Inc. It was probably ordered from a newspaper or needlework publication. The pattern for a caped-look sleeve above the knee dress is described as "An advance style pattern used by New York's Foremost Designers." The pattern pieces are intact and may have been used once but are folded as they came in the envelope. They are representative of the early thin tissue patterns, perforated not printed. Photos 4 and 5 show perforated numbers and notches for piece identification and marking for garment assembly. If you've always used printed patterns these perforated patterns are something of a challenge. I learned to sew early and was fairly skilled by my teens. An elderly neighbor who was losing her vision asked me to make her five "house dresses" and I agreed not knowing the patterns she would provide were from the 20s and 30s. They were of this type and also very worn and some were missing the instruction sheet. The endeavoer gave me a real appreciation for Simplicity printed patterns. The instruction sheet is included with this pattern. The pattern is marked Age 14 years, breast 32. As you can see in the photo the envelope is made from thin paper which is worn and tattered on all edges.

Great item for collectors of old patterns or students of fashion and pattern history.


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