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Dating Butterick Patterns
1920s to 1937

If you have a Butterick pattern from the 1920s or 1930s, these charts will help you to date it. 

During the twenties and thirties, Butterick's monthly magazine, The Delineator, published a list of all the patterns featured that month's issue.

By looking at the highest number published in that month, you can date your pattern. For example, if you have a 1920s pattern with a four digit pattern number in the 1700s, you can see that it first appeared in The Delineator in 1927. You can even find the exact month when it first appeared. 

NOTE: Pattern numbers do start over with 1000 when they get to 9999, or for other reasons. (In 1926, Butterick redesigned its illustration style and magazine, and started a new number series after reaching #7097.) However, it's not hard to tell the difference between a 1930s style and a 1920s style. 

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If you are trying to date a Butterick pattern later than April of 1937, go to my Dating Butterick Patterns 1937 to 1977 page.

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