So it's a weird one this week. Over sixty years old and born of a time that valued efficiency in manufacture over effective use of resources. Patent #2,454,208, invented by Ruth E Richman in 1946, was filed as:
'An object of the invention is to simplify the manufacture of blouses, coats and similar garments by constructing them from a blank consisting of a single piece of material.'
And Ruth was not alone. We have located at least six different patents, spanning turn of the century to the 1960's, that focused specifically on one-piece patterns that minimised the time spent in manufacture. We have preciously showcased a The Patent Blouse that similarly features a one-piece pattern with minimal seaming for greater efficiencies in production. So certainly a popular idea at the time.
You'll find all the pattern making detail on the website blog.