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Vintage pattern from 1961, labeled teen. Does anyone know what that means? I found the instructions more detailed than usual, but other than that there doesn't seem to be any difference in sizing.

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Comment by Judy Roberson on November 8, 2011 at 8:40pm

cute pattern, not sure what the teen pattern means?

Comment by Trish Blair on November 8, 2011 at 11:00pm

that is a great pattern - so many options

Comment by Lisette Opishinski on November 9, 2011 at 5:45am

It usually meant something like the modern difference between misses' sizing and juniors' sizing...the measurements may seem the same but some things will be cut different. The upper back will probably be cut not as wide (misses sizes are often cut to accommodate what Roseanne calls "the dowager's hump", that fleshy rise many women get at the bottom of their neck as they get older), the sleeves are probably cut with a higher armhole because a teen girl would have slimmer arms, etc.

If you find an old pattern catalog they describe the difference in sizes in the back just like modern ones do.

Comment by sewlyaharpist on November 9, 2011 at 12:27pm

I have a few "teen" patterns and "teen/misses" patterns. The teen patterns are always so much fun, in my opinion they tend to be less serious as teens aren't/weren't usually going out to a job so their clothing reflects a less restrained lifestyle. I agree with @Trish Blair, gotta love the options.

Comment by Cation Designs on November 9, 2011 at 3:22pm

Thanks for the information about teen sizing, Lisette and sewlyaharpist! I guess now that I think about it, there does seem to be less ease in the shoulders than usual, although I don't know that the difference is large enough that I would really notice if you didn't point it out. The overskirt portion does seem more teen-y, which is why I didn't make it.


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