Vintage patterns. The words provoke a contented sigh.
The art work on the pattern envelopes along with the different sewing skills shown on the pattern instruction insert are lost to modern patterns. I particularly like that predominately, vintage children patterns, call for buttons instead of a zipper which has no personality or charming character like buttons possess.
Check out this pattern.
McCall's 7692 Copyright 1965
Look at the pattern number on the left side. There is some bold print that says "Childs dress with transfer for smocking" Right under that bold print it says in really small letters "(Not suitable for chubby girls)" I doubt that would be found on a pattern envelope now days. :) Seems McCall's didn't know about political correctness back in 1965 but did have the good sense to let their prospective consumer know what patterns they considered unsuitable for some children.