I'll freely admit that I am a snob when it comes to 1980s patterns, or rather, the illustrations or photographs on patterns from that decade (don't even get me started about 90s patterns). If the illustration or photo on the envelope is ugly — and they most always are — then I'll pass it right by.
The thing that makes me a snob is that I'm unable to look past the bad hair and ugly fabric choices and accept that many of the designs could have been easily pulled from earlier — and more fabulous — decades. Take the 1970s, for instance. So much of the 1970s is a repeat of 1940s style. Wide pants, drastic collars, platforms, high waists — these were all trendy long before disco. My friend, Krissy, (who isn't a pattern snob) makes many of her "40s" styled dresses from 1970s patterns. The patterns are cheaper and a lot easier to find.
Take these two patterns, Simplicity 5449 from 1981 and the Simplicity 2018 from 1947. They're practically the same dress, but the 1947 version has the edge over 1981 because it's cute and illustrated and because the waist looks like it's about 20 inches. If I made the 1981 dress and said it was from the 1940s, I think few would doubt me.
Or these two patterns:
And how about these two:
The one from 1982 screams Jane Fonda in "9 to 5." Tweak the collar and the bow a little bit and you have this cute little New York pattern from the 40s.
Finally, overalls. They haven't changed much so this one is a bit of a gimme.
The point of all this?
I'm so much a pattern snob that even though I see how these 70s and 80s patterns can turn into fabulous frocks from my favorite eras, I just can't get past the ugliness of the envelopes. But that doesn't mean you should be a pattern snob too!
That's why I put these four patterns (plus 32 others!) in one lot for sale on Etsy. But if you're interested, act fast since I'm selling all 36 patterns for $25. SOLD
 Oh my. When writing this I, for a good couple seconds, forgot that the 1990s weren't the decade we were currently living in and equated the 1990s with contemporary patterns.
 That said, I don't know how Butterick manages to make the photos from their retro patterns look so darn unappealing. It's like they find the ugliest fabrics and consult the handbook of 1990s styling for their models. I've seen better styling on sewing blogs!