Vintage Sewing & Free Stuff Friday

vintagecover 492x800 Vintage Sewing & Free Stuff FridayI love vintage anything, but especially vintage sewing patterns and books. I love looking at the patterns from the 1940′s and imagining who the woman was who originally had them.  Why did she buy this particular pattern?  Was it for a special occasion or did she just need a new dress to wear?  What fabric did she end up buying? How did it turn out? I especially love when there are handwritten notes on the envelope.

Often times the dress patterns are not even cut which makes me smile because how many times have I bought a new pattern only to have it sit in my pattern box uncut for years at a time.  So buying patterns only to have them sit unused is certainly nothing new is it?  My vintage pattern collection is growing and it far out paces my sewn vintage wardrobe.  I think I am more in love with just having this bit of history than actually using it.  I joke that I’ll be able to pay for my kids college education with my vintage pattern collection.  But, they’ll have an ugly fight on their hands in getting me to turn it over.

For today’s giveaway I’ll have a hard time parting with these gems too.  The Vintage Pattern Selector by Jo Barnfield and the awesome BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern are going home to two lucky winners. (Two winners will be picked with one book being given to one winner.)

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Answer the question in the comments section below and you’ll be entered to win.

Do you sew with vintage patterns? If so, what draws you to vintage sewing patterns? Is it the style? What styles do you favor? Currently, the 1980′s are considered vintage, what era do you like?  Since I have to part with these lovelies please give me lots of details on your love of vintage.

Thanks for the indulgence!


Winners will be announced on Monday June 24th!

 Vintage Sewing & Free Stuff Friday

About Jill

I write for the Sew News and Creative Machine Embroidery blogs. I love sewing, vintage and would love to get a comment from you!
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64 Responses to Vintage Sewing & Free Stuff Friday

  1. Jannie H says:

    Thinking I would have to go with Pinterest. I find so many pins with so many cute things. you just click and it brings you to the site. Sewing, quilting, crafts, Oh My!

  2. Janet Byrnes says:

    Last year I joined a group called SMOC (Society for the Museum of Original Costume) in Vancouver, BC and have been attending their fashion shows/lectures on vintage fashion. The stories of who owned the clothing as well as how fashion has changed and why is fascinating to me. I have to say my favourite period is from the 1900 through the 1930s however that does not mean I don’t enjoy styles from the other periods.
    I’ve recently bought my first batch of vintage patterns spending hours in one small store as they allowed me to go through their boxes of unsorted vintage patterns – I was in heaven! It brought back memories of growing up in the ’60s and 70s as well. Needless to say I left with several patterns (ok maybe a bit more than several).
    I’m going to a masked ball this fall and want a fabulous dress for the occasion. My inspiration is the ‘Jump Dress’ from the movie Titanic and I have been looking for a pattern I can use. I’ve resorted to making my own using information I have found on the Internet. I have even made a ‘proper’ fully boned, squeeze it all in corset.
    A lot of my favourite things these days are anything that make me feel like a lady and show the world I am a lady or should I say a woman. I have a great desire to see gloves and hats come back as well. It’s all the finishing touches and properly finished garments that have great care taken during construction. I am not satisfied when I make something quickly. I want the fine details and if that means a lot of hand stitching that is fine with me.
    I’ve just ordered a couple of replica patterns from the 1930s and one is a fur (faux fur of course for the replica) collared coat with the main body out of silk velvet. I already have the fabric and just have to pickup the patterns from the post office.
    I suppose what draws me are also the lines of the finished garments, that people cared what they wore (but I suppose there was a class distinction which I don’t agree with) and that you dressed for dinner or the theatre and now we seem to be able to wear jeans anywhere including church. Whatever happened to ‘Sunday Best’?
    Anyway I’m going on a bit so I’ll end here but do hope that others agree with me – at least a little bit.

  3. Patt H says:

    I like the 50′s and 60′s patterns because that was a good time in my life. Things were good with the world and life was so much easier than now.

  4. Noreen Rak says:

    I love vintage designs of the 40s and 50s both children and adult patterns

  5. jackieNj says:

    The 1960′s were my favorite era. I love to imagine the story behind vintage patterns too especially the little notes and scribblings made on the patterns. Count me in for either. boo.

  6. Angelica says:

    I love the 40s styles they look so elegant. I’ve bought a few patterns but haven’t made them either. I’ve been sewing since I was in my teens and have kept a lot of the patterns I made early on. I like to pull them out to take a look at them and I’ve considered making them again but I have so many projects going that I haven’t gotten to them yet. There is a 40′s dress that I plan on making my daughter, she loves those styles so after I finish a quilt I’ll pull it out and make it for her. I can’t wait to see how it looks on her.

  7. janet Brocklehurst says:

    like getting all the news, just a pity there is not a South African site

  8. Ann Matthews says:

    I love vintage sewing patterns. I have several that I found in my nan’s sewing drawer from the 1960′s which come in handy as I have a friend who loves the 1960′s look. I am really a Victorian, Edwardian, 1920′s, 1930′s and 1940′s girl. I frequently make dresses for re enactments. I would love to win “The Vintage Pattern Selector” as it would be so useful when working with my friends on what period would suit them, then I could point them in the right direction and we could create something amazing together! I make vintage clothes for myself for re enactment and I have some beautiful Victorian and WWII dresses with hats to match as I am a trained milliner. I just love anything vintage!

  9. Brenda Di Gregorio says:

    I would absolutely love, love, LOVE to have these rare finds! I am always on the lookout for simple vintage clothing. It is so hard to find. My favorite era would be anywhere from 1940′s to 1970′s. The clothing was made so much more stylish and flattering. Dresses from the 50′s are my all time favorite! I’ve been lucky enough to find a few excellent jackets, skirts and dresses, but I would love to add more to my collection. I’ve sewn some aprons and skirts. My problem with older patterns is they’re usually very brittle, therefor, I make my own on newspaper. It’s a hassle, but I can design it how I want.

    Styles of today just do not work for me. There’s too much busy print, sparkles, and non flattering clothing. I love embroidery, color, sleek, detailed, but simple clothing. Pencil skirts, Jean Cleaver dresses, collared and hemmed button up shirts and dresses, petty coats, with some great colored shoes and jewelry… It’s all me!!!! Please!!!! pick me!!!! I would make you oh so proud!
    Thank you for your consideration.

  10. CharlotB says:

    I would love to win “The Vintage Pattern Selector.” I have vintage patterns from the 50s-80s, but unfortunately, due to their fragility and sizing, all I’ve been able to do is adapt style elements onto current patterns. I personally prefer the styling of post-war 40s through the “New Look” era, with occasional forays into 80s styles. I don’t have the body type to pull off the 60s and most of the 70s looks, nor does my daughter care much for them, so I don’t work with them, much.

    I often delve into older sewing and pattern-making books to figure out how to adapt older styles into current fabrics and pattern theory. My daughter is into Steampunk, so I’ve been exploring Victorian and Edwardian styles lately.

  11. Debbie Tirabasso says:

    I am drawn to the fifties. I was born in 1956 and Love the clothes from that era. <3

  12. Gigi says:

    I love the 1920′s there are some great patterns and styles of dresses that I have absolutely adored, as they make you feel feminine and look great as summer dresses here in the heat of summer in Arizona. The 1950′s are glamorous and 60′s are fun as every girl should have a pair of go go boot’s and lots of fringe! I love the way women are wearing and putting together clothes! Fashion is so free and fun today!

  13. Daryl Reese says:

    I love the vintage mid-century era patterns I inherited from my mother. Years ago I’d made a wrap-around dress, copying one she had made in the early to mid 1950′s. I still have her patterns but I can no longer fit in them, but looking at the fashions is great.

  14. Cheryl says:

    I love the 50s patterns, so very feminine. I don’t sew with them because my figure does not look so good in those styles anymore, but if someone asked me to make them a dress from the 50s I would love sewing it!
    I did get a 20s style pattern to sew for myself. It was more of a dress you would wear to church than for a night out on the town. I love the dropped waists and all the beading. It seemed like such a fun time in history. My grandmother used to tell me about the speakeasies. The styles showed how life was looked at with such abandon.