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Catalog Number 2014.006.010
Object Name Pattern, Clothes
Description The McDowell Garment Sleeve Machine. Consists of one adjustable measuring piece made of many interlocking sections of thin, flat, brass, fixed at certain points, but hinged and adjustable at others. At many points, the machine can be set by loosening a screw and sliding a rod according to measurements marked on the rod.
Collection Elk Grove Historical Museum
Notes Originally used by Alwine (nee Mensching) Mueller. Alwine was born on December 23, 1881, likely on her parent's farm in Elk Grove Township. Her parents were Henry Mensching (born in 1856, Elk Grove) and Sophia (nee Henjes. Born in 1861, Elk Grove). Alwine married Henry Mueller on November 3, 1912. Alwine died on February 20, 1957.

Source: Cutting a Fashionable Fit by Claudia Kidwell:
The McDowell Garment Drafting Machine was a tool for the professional dress maker, not the home sewer. The McDowell Garment Drafting Machine was promoted as a tool that benefitted both customer and dress maker as it eliminated the need for dress forms and fitting sessions.

The McDowell Garment Drafting Machine was first patented March 18, 1879. Subsequent patents were received on January 6, 1885; August 10, 1885; and May 18, 1886.
Source Mildred Mueller