vintage sewing patterns

7 Jan

i admit – i love me some vintage sewing patterns. i collect them in small spurts, always with the intention of eventually creating something with them (but always being distracted by some new shiny whatever at the local joann’s $1 pattern sale). most of my vintage patterns come from the thrift store… i have purchased a few off etsy, and i’ve had a few given to me by (awesome!!!)friends.

i just recently discovered the vintage pattern wiki and holy hell, that site is like some damn crack for me. i also realized that a few of my patterns were not listed on the wiki… so i took pictures of them with the intention of uploading them to share. i’m also going to share them here because WHEEEE PATTERNS!!

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new york 1105 (no copyright, i’m assuming it is late 40s/early 50s)

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new york 1110 (once again, no copyright… probably late 40s/early 50s)

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simplicity 1617 (1954)

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simplicity 2412 (1948)

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mccall’s 2444 (1986)

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mccall’s 3053 (1971)

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simplicity 4400 (1958)

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butterick 7996 (probably late 60s/early 70s)

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simplicity 5148 (probably late 50s)

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butterick 5217 (1990. no, i guess that’s not vintage. oh well, it’s staying)

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simplicity 5232 (1963)

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simplicity 5798 (1964)

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mccall’s 6070 (1978)

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simplicity 7005 (1967)

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simplicity 7177 (1967)

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vogue 7313 (1988)

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simplicity 7376 (1976)

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simplicity 7635 (1968)

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simplicity 8619 (1988)

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vogue 8743 (probably late 70s)

what about you? have any favorite vintage patterns you’d like to share?
:D

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7 Responses to “vintage sewing patterns”

  1. ZipZapKap January 8, 2010 at 4:14 am #

    Awesome : ) One is a little older and one a little younger than you thought though…

    Simplicity 5148 isn’t from the 50s. I’d say it’s closer to 1962.

    Butterick 4996 is closer to 67/68. 70s Butterick patterns had a ‘curlier’ (technical term… ; ) font.

    Looking forward to seeing you adding to the wiki.

    • lladybird January 11, 2010 at 7:02 pm #

      ooh, thanks for that! it’s really hard for me to date patterns… i still have a lot to learn :) esp the late 50s/early 60s stuff, because most of it looks so similar to me!

  2. Alicia January 16, 2010 at 12:56 pm #

    Great patterns! You are a lucky girl indeed!!
    Well THANKS for that wiki link!!!!

  3. Natalie January 29, 2010 at 9:23 am #

    Hi, I followed the link to your blog from Craftster… I absolutely love your reconstructions. Very inspiring!!
    I have quite a collection of vintage patterns too, but unfortunately I spent more time collecting than sewing.. I mostly go for ones from the 60s/70s/80s and only like ones with sketches on the front, not real people :-) Unfortunately I don’t have a web site though to put them on to show you. I figure one day I’ll have more time to sew and they’ll keep.
    Please keep sewing, posting, inspiring!

  4. wundermary September 13, 2011 at 11:56 pm #

    Hi, bumped into you over at Colette and am enjoying your blog!
    I am really impressed with your sewing, you do an absolutely beautiful job. You are so good at your fabric choices, your fit and your finish. Wonderful!

    I too collect vintage patterns and have put a ton up on the Wiki. Isn’t it fun to trawl through and see what you turn up?

    Dating patterns of the late 50s to early 60s is a little weird. The styles are very much the same. The big change was the hemline. Remember that the knee did not show in the 50s. By the early 60s, the hemlines raised several inches and knees were commonly seen when you sat. Picture White House era Jackie Kennedy. The skirt just conceals the knee while standing.

  5. Anita March 31, 2014 at 11:59 am #

    Hi! Will you be selling Simplicity 5798?

    • LLADYBIRD April 1, 2014 at 8:14 am #

      I am pretty sure I don’t own this pattern anymore (I purge my stash quite frequently to keep it from taking over my sewing room haha), but I’ll let you know if I come across it :)

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