INTRODUCTION: This collection contains sewing patterns, stencils, transfers, booklets and books on the Bishop Method of clothing construction, instruction samples and trims.  This collection in particular highlights the Bishop Method of Clothing Construction. .

SCOPE: The Sewing Arts Collection consists of printed patterns from six pattern making companies: Advance Pattern Company, Inc., Butterick Pattern Service, The McCall Pattern Company, New York Pattern Company, Simplicity Pattern Company, Inc. and Vogue Pattern Service.  This collection also contains homemade patterns, stencils, and transfers.  The booklets and books published on the Bishop Method of Clothing Construction can be found within the contents of this collection in addition to instruction samples and trims and swatches.

HOLDINGS: The collection consists of three record boxes measuring three linear feet.

ACCESS:  Some of the material in Special Collection M-330 may be photocopied, digitally scanned or photographed, subject to condition. Series 4, Contact Information Cards, is currently restricted.  Researchers viewing this collection will be asked to sign a Personal Information Non-Disclosure Form.

COPYRIGHT INFORMATION: The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

Copies of a finding aid are available for download:

M-333: Sewing Arts Collection(.rtf)

M-333: Sewing Arts Collection(.pdf)

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St. Louis Subject Specialist
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