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Date: 11/30/07 11:11 AM

I have several pants patterns from the 60's from an independent pattern company Else' of California. They are mulit-sized and feature alot of fitting techniques. I had never heard of them, but was wondering if anyone else might have used them or remember them.

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Subject: Else of California patterns Date: 11/30/07 7:40 PM

Jumping up and down waving my arm.....I do! I do! I associate them with the early 70s, and I've seen some sell on ebay. Else' was very proud of her patterns back in the day, and compared to the cr@ppy fit of the Big 4 pants patterns of 30-40 years ago, she had every right to be proud.

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Date: 11/30/07 10:37 PM

I'm so glad you remember them, did you ever make some of her patterns?...the pants pattern I have from 1968 has the same styles you can wear today....I thought I might try it for fun.

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Date: 1/6/14 8:48 PM

I love these patterns. I have started collecting them and also purchased a book she wrote on how to fit pant patterns.
I found some articles on her in newspaper archives for she traveled the country in the 1960's and 1970's. She put a lot of work into her patterns and then when she died in 1993 that it for the company I believe.
She has a daughter whom I believe occupies her former studio, she is an artist?

Anyway I really appreciate the work she did and the great cut of her patterns and the fact that she was from California....I was young and liked the trendier patterns in the 70's so did not use her patterns. My daughter was the first to appreciate her patterns and got me started on them just recently!

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Date: 1/6/14 8:59 PM

Yes, I collected her patterns over the years and have her book which is very witty. She had a "one seam" pattern which listed lace and Missoni type knits as fabric choices. She was doing one-seams way, way back. Also a pattern for golf/sports attire and classic high waist pants.

I first found a pattern while living in LA and have found them in FL too. They pop up on eBay at times.

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Date: 1/6/14 10:08 PM

I have several of them, too. Until I discovered Burda, these were my go-to pants patterns, and they do contain several tips that remain hard to find (like shrinking the front knee area to prevent the droops). Very cool stuff.

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Subject: Else of California patterns Date: 1/7/14 0:26 AM

I've added a few more to my stash, since the original post, I even found a men's one.

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Subject: Else of California patterns Date: 2/3/14 9:15 AM

There is one on Etsy

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Date: 5/31/14 10:32 PM

I used to work at a, local sewing school, and the owner sold the Else patterns. I think they are great too. As a matter of fact, I just pulled out #100 but am missing the instruction sheet. If anyone has them and would be willing to make a copy for me, I would be thrilled.

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Date: 5/31/14 11:33 PM

Oh, dear. I am such a pattern, er, lady of the evening that I should not have checked out this thread. Now I have to go on the lookout for Else'.

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