And then he gave them to me. For free!
(They like me. I buy a lot of stuff).
Now, my Japanese is limited to what I remember of high school Japanese after a dozen+ years. So what I know about these is based on what I can tell from the images.
At first I thought it was a dress catalogue, and a packet with one commercial pattern and a homemade pattern for tabi socks. Then I looked at it closely and realised that the pattern has ALL the dresses – every single child and adult dress shown in the catalogue – all drawn over each other ready for you to break your brain over as you sort them out.
Based on the style of the dresses I’d say the patterns are from 1951/52. There are dozens, and dozens of them, and even illustrations of fabrics. I’ll show you all the images in a number of posts over the next few weeks, but here are a few fabric designs and dresses for starters.
First the fabric designs:
And then the dresses:
Notice how the pattern book, being Japanese, reads from the ‘back’ and from right to left.
One day I may even attempt to unsort and copy the patterns, brave the total lack of instructions I can read, and make some of these up!