The Maudella Patterns Company became a success in the years of austerity when clothes were often made at home.
It was started by Maude Dunsford in her attic in West Yorkshire in 1937. The company made paper patterns for dresses and their designs were widely used by home and professional dressmakers up to the 1980's.
Maudella's great gift was to take the latest trends from the most fashionable designers and translate them into affordable versions.
Lesley Hilton finds out more.
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