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By Michele Alice
April 20, 2008
“Ten dollars? $20? $50? For old tissue paper?
It would seem unlikely, but if that “old tissue paper” is a collectible sewing pattern, then prices even higher than stated should not surprise.
Ellen Curtis Demorest is credited with the creation of the first tissue-paper sewing patterns. These were distributed in her husband’s publication “Mme. Demorest’s Quarterly Mirror of Fashions” beginning in 1860, and are so rare that almost all of today’s collectors have experienced them only as reproductions.”