Even as a young girl, I always loved taking every opportunity I could get to work with fabric and textiles.
As an adult, I’m still a slightly obsessive collector of catalogues, patterns, and materials. Needless to say, I’m the first one in line to try out crafty tutorials like this awesome knit scarf that only takes 30 minutes to make!
But my favorite DIY projects have always been ones inspired by vintage sewing patterns. It’s not that I don’t like contemporary fashion, but there’s something so elegant and perfectly refined about patterns that were designed back in the ’30s, ’40s, and ’50s.
I could buy fast fashion from big chains by the rack, and I still wouldn’t love those clothes as much as the vintage-inspired ensembles that I can make by hand using old-fashioned patterns.
Not to mention, the patterns themselves are beautiful. Take for example Etsy seller LadyMarloweStudios, who tidies up old vintage patterns from the likes of McCall, Butterick’s, and Vogue Pattern to make clean copies. The online shop is just full of beautiful images of the stunning and classic clothes that were popular in decades past!
Do you remember the days of hand-sewn clothing? Which of these patterns would you make? Let us know in the comments below!
1. Elegant Skirt Suit
Combining feminine flair and masculine tailoring, these darling skirt suits would make Coco Chanel proud!
2. Femme Fatale Trench Coat
For an ensemble that wouldn’t seem out of place on one Hitchcock’s mysterious heroines, this stunning collared trench is a must!
3. Pretty And Practical Overalls
Show your patriotic spirit the old-fashioned way — with adorable fitted overalls and trousers inspired by the iconic WWII woman in the workforce, Rosie the Riveter!
4. Sleek And Subtle Evening Dress
Or, for a sleek evening look, try one of these slinky but modest tea-length dresses with a nipped-in waist and long, elegant skirt.
5. Roaring Twenties Belted Suit
Of course, if your style is more Roaring Twenties, you may pine after flouncy, fitted skirt suits from the Jazz Age, complete with adorable cloche hats.
6. Strappy Sleeveless Gown
For a more daring ensemble, you might just covet this backless dress adorned with tiny bow detailing! Since it can be made into a cocktail or an evening length, it’s the perfect dress to fuel your Mad Men fantasies!
7. Flouncy Flared Cocktail Dress
In fact, there are plenty of patterns available for truly stunning cocktail dresses! This style matches a full tea-length skirt with an elegant halter neck that’s perfect for summer soirees.
8. Light And Casual Duster
And of course, if you put together a summer frock, it goes without saying that you’ll need one of these colorful, lightweight robe coats!
9. Dainty, Playful Swimsuit
Or focus on the most iconic summertime silhouette of them all — the bathing suit! This adorable checkered style even comes complete with a pattern for a matching sun hat.
10. Luxe And Graceful Nightdress
And at the end of a long and marvelous day, slip into something a bit more comfortable with this elegant, Grecian-inspired nightgown from the 1920s with a fluid and flattering dropped waist. That way, even hitting the hay can be a stylish event.
After all, that’s the best thing about all of these patterns! No matter which one you pick or what the silhouette is, these ensembles are as fun and fabulous as you are!
If you adore these gorgeous vintage patterns, let us know which one is your favorite below. And don’t forget to SHARE with your fellow fashionistas!