I started to think for some reason that sewing things disappeared from Norway like the dinosaurs did in a mysteriously massive sewing cataclysm that wiped all traces of patterns out in one fell swoop. So I've been on a sort of pseudo-archeological hunt to track down the history of sewing in this mysterious land of the knitted sweater.
So for about $40 (dirt cheap by Norwegian standards) I bought it all up and raced home to carefully examine each page of my loot.
|Can you say factory folds? Because I can.|
All of the pictures below are from the summer of 1945 catalog. The German occupation of Norway ended May 8, 1945, and the fashion in this booklet clearly represents a country that's able to breathe again after being released from underneath the boot of an enemy.
Check out this lingerie spread, it's to die for! In the picture below, the lingerie page has baby clothes tucked right in with almost every design... because, you know, lingerie leads to babies. This was just practical shopping.
Norway came into some major money some years ago when they discovered oil. With this influx of money came a very quick depreciation of anything old. Antiques are mostly cheap, if you can find them before the careless new generation throws them away. I'm now on a mission to find the last few remaining sewing patterns and save them from an evil generation of H&M clad Ikea shoppers toss them in the recycling bin.
SAVE THE PATTERNS!