More from the stash of Mrs. William Key!


This one is a thing of beauty. It is an unused Hollywood Pattern, #1093, from the mid-1940s. The art is very patriotic-looking; no movie stars on it, and the hems are shorter — something the fashion industry adopted around 1942, as a way of conserving raw materials for the war effort.



The pattern instructions and pieces are crisp; it hasn’t been opened in almost 80 years! I noted the pattern pieces are unmarked — I didn’t unfold the pieces, because I want to keep it in pristine condition. I might copy it one day, but I like the idea of having something from Nellie’s stash that’s ‘new to me.’