Sunday, July 27, 2008
Universal Fashion Company 800 - Working Blouse
This may be the oldest pattern I own. Given the typeface on the envelope, I would date this to the late 1880's or the early 1890's. I haven't been able to find out much about the company, though I discovered it's pretty easy to pick up their trade cards on eBay.
The term "blouse" when applied to men's garments confuses people. When this pattern was made, the term was used for a men's outer garment. The term survives today (just barely) in the term "middy blouse."
Laughing Moon brought to my attention an eBay auction for a 19th century fireman's shirt that could have been made from this pattern, the cut was so similar. And indeed, the working blouse would look splendid in bright red wool!