Dating vintage mail order patterns
Hemlines in fashion go down with the dollar (don't know why, it just has played out that way...
Bell bottoms, jeans, fringe and flowers were all popular to the younger generation and continued to move into the 70's. This Simplicity Pattern # 9374 is actually a pattern from 1971, as finding sewing patterns styled for "hippie"/bo-ho clothing weren't readily available in the 60's.
In the 1960's patterns mostly stuck with character drawings, but began to photograph live models wearing the clothing.
The 60's era began much like the end of the 1950's, but very quickly began to take on a new style with the new first lady, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
In the 1930's character sketches on the pattern featured very faded faces and just really an 'idea image' that it was an actual person.
1930's fashions featured feminine, flowing dresses. Many styles were cut on the bias to mold to your figure.although thankfully in the later years most companies did decide on printing the year on the envelope.