Sewing vintage patterns can be challenging, but it’s totally worth it because you’ll end up having an elegant dress that you can proudly call your masterpiece. Read on to know how!
Fashionable Vintage Sewing Patterns You Can Sew Today
An authentic vintage garment can be very expensive, so these vintage sewing patterns are the perfect way to give your wardrobe a retro or vintage style without breaking the bank! If you want to look back at the trends of yesterday, get these vintage sewing patterns for your next sewing project to wear or give as a gift. Make yourself new clothing that showcases an old-school vibe with these patterns.
1920’s Vintage Sewing Patterns
1. Flapper Girl Dress
If you’re looking for a cool retro style dress, this vintage pattern would be perfect. These flapper girl dress patterns have two sleeve variations: long sleeve and sleeveless. The shoulder requires small gathering and the hip area is pleated diagonally. These dresses will be perfect for cocktail or evening parties.
2. Flapper Cloche Hat
You can make this flapper cloche hat to pair with the flapper dress pattern you’ve seen above. Even if the hat is vintage, it looks fabulous and stylish if you wear it today. The pattern comes in four different designs so you can choose your desired hat. But, you can make all of them if you like.
3. Men’s Casual Lounge Jacket
Vintage patterns for men from the 20’s are so hard to find. Luckily, I’ve found this men’s casual lounge jacket pattern and it’s free! I’m sure a lot of seamstresses would love to have this pattern.
4. Men’s and Boy’s Union Suit
I found another vintage sewing pattern for men, and this one is an undergarment. This man and boy’s union suit is an adorable free pattern you can make for your boys who will be wearing a suit sooner or later.
5. Flapper Coat Shawl
These flapper coat shawls look cozy and elegant. This would make a great project this winter. I love the details and linings of this pattern, it looks sophisticated and perfect for formal events.
1930’s Vintage Sewing Patterns
1. Evening Gown
This 30’s evening gown vintage pattern is so stunning. The design creates beautiful curves on your body, forming the ultimate feminine silhouette. The horizontal pattern tucks along the front of the blouse flowing over the arm to form nice sleeve frills. At the back, you can see the elegant deep V cut, and it’s really gorgeous!
2. Repro Vintage Full Apron
Do you love aprons like I do? Sewing an apron is so fun and easy! This retro vintage full apron is a fancy addition to your apron collection.
3. Ladies’ and Misses’ Blouse
Finding the perfect vintage sewing pattern for blouses can be daunting. These ladies and misses blouse vintage sewing patterns that I found have a fabulous design the young ones would love to have. The pattern comes in two different sleeve variations: Sleeveless and short sleeve.
Capes are part of the glamorous staples of 1930’s fashion. This outerwear piece was worn over a stylish evening gown. This is an elegant garment not every girl could wear one during the 30’s, but since it’s 2017, that won’t be a problem anymore!
5. A-Line Skirt
1930’s A-line skirt sewing patterns are hard to find nowadays. This A-line skirt is so stylish and one of the few vintage sewing patterns that I love. The pattern can be intimidating for beginners, but an intermediate seamstress will not have any trouble at all.
6. Playsuit Skirt Beach Romper
Playsuits are commonly worn outdoors during the 1930’s. You can either wear them to the beach or as sportswear. The vintage pattern image you see above has a short kimono sleeve and collar that makes it the perfect suit to wear when going to the beach.
1940’s Vintage Sewing Patterns
This vintage swimwear sewing pattern makes me excited for the summer. The pattern shows a 1940’s bathing suit you’ll love showing off at the beach. This retro swimsuit is fashionable and comfortable, I’m sure heads will turn when you wear it.
2. Dirndl Skirt
Learn how to sew this stylish 40’s dirndl skirt with this easy sewing pattern. This country-inspired skirt will look even cuter when styled with today’s fashion trends. A dirndl skirt is a simple and a stylish vintage project to make this winter.
3. Misses Summer Peplum Blouses
These vintage summer peplum blouse patterns are a great project you can start making today in preparation for the summer. These vintage blouses are so simple and pretty with buttons and small collars. I’d love to make one of these blouses myself!
4. High Waist Shorts Clam Diggers Trousers Pants
If you’re looking for easy-to-make trouser pants or vintage shorts patterns, these high-waist shorts and clam diggers are just what you need. The pattern has side pockets and a waistband. You can also make one for yourself or as a gift to a friend or family who also loves vintage garments.
5. Simplicity Vintage Dress Pattern
This simplicity vintage dress pattern looks fabulous! The pattern has an elegant notched collar and a two-sleeve variation, long sleeve, and 3/4 sleeve. You can wear this dress to day events or even at the office! It will surely flatter your feminine figure.
1950’s Vintage Sewing Patterns
1. Misses’ Vintage Dress and Sash
These misses’ vintage dress and sash patterns are so lovely! The pattern fitted through the waist features a bound-button closing, cuffs, side front and side back seams, and side pockets. This dress would be perfect for both day and night occasions.
2. Pleated Swing Skirt
Swing skirts are a fashion trend from the 50’s that you can still rock today. This pleated swing skirt pattern is an easy-to-sew high-waisted style. I’m sure you’ll always love wearing one on special occasions.
3. Vogue Petticoat Pattern
Get the pattern of this 1950’s petticoat and use it to add volume under your skirt. The ruffles create an amazing fashion statement when worn by itself. You can also adjust the size so you can make one for your daughter.
This vintage blouse sewing pattern was designed in 1950. The patterns consist of a long sleeve, short sleeve, and a sleeveless blouse with front buttons and a notched collar. This blouse will make a chic office OOTD when paired with trousers or a skirt.
5. Bolero Jacket
The silhouette of this 1950’s bolero jacket pattern gives a flattering and interesting neckline. Bolero jackets are cool and stylish! They’re small so you can just roll them up in your bag and use them when you get chilly.
6. Wrap Around Slim Skirt
One of the most popular skirts from the 50’s is the wrap around slip skirt. This skirt pattern is so classy and the silhouette looks fabulous. I’m sure you’d love to make this skirt for yourself.
7. Butterick Pattern Dresses
This Butterick pattern dresses has a fitted waist and cuffs that are so fabulous! The dress pattern has easy front chest buttons and the skirt showcases soft pleats. I’m sure you’ll look chic in this dress!
8. Butterick Pattern Misses’ Wrap Dresses
These Butterick patterns misses’ wrap dress are the perfect dresses for summer. They look flattering and lovely! The patterns are darted at the front and back with back waist and shoulder seams. It wraps from back to front for a sheath-and-overskirt look.
1960’s Vintage Sewing Patterns
1. Misses High Waisted Dress
The chic style of this misses high waisted dress is perfect for cocktail parties. This dress is so stunning with bias tied in a bow and the smocking at top of the skirt. You can make this pattern in two variations: long sleeve and sleeveless.
2. Simplicity Misses Vintage Cape
If you’re looking for a vintage cape to make this winter, make this simplicity misses vintage cape pattern. It has two large pockets at the front, front buttons, and a collar. This cape pattern will keep you warm and in style this winter season!
3. Girl’s Shorts, Jamaica’s, Pedal Pushers, and Pants
Show off your amazing legs and your sense of retro fashion with this girl’s short, jamaica’s, push pedals, and pants. The pattern perfectly fits petite young girls. All patterns also have side pockets on the right with left side zipper.
4. Misses’ Blouses
These misses’ blouses vintage patterns are so easy to sew! These lovely blouses feature a blouse with sleeve, sleeveless, collared, and scooped neck. Just use your imagination for a complete garment of mix and match blouses.
5. Boy’s Robe
This boy’s robe vintage sewing pattern is a perfect project you make all year round. There’s no trend when it comes to robes, everyone uses one every day. This would be an ideal gift you can make for your little boy. This boy’s robe pattern has a set-in sleeve, tie belt, patch pockets, and self-fabric carriers.
6. Mod Coat, Skirt, and Blouse Pattern
If you admire retro vintage looks, I’m sure you’ll love this authentic mod coat, skirt, and blouse pattern set. You can make an amazing vintage inspired-outfit with this vintage sewing pattern.
7. Jacket Patterns Simplicity
These jacket patterns have a vintage Parisian feel and it’s so adorable! It’s an easy-to-follow pattern, I’m sure your friends will ask you to share these patterns. Add a little sense of adventure to your closet with these lovely jackets.
8. Simplicity Misses’ Vintage Three Armhole Dress
If you want to achieve a figure-flattering retro outfit for a party, try this simplicity misses’ three armhole dress vintage pattern. This gorgeous dress will make you feel elegant and refined!
9. Evening Dress and Theater Coat Patterns
There are so many stunning evening gowns or dress from the past that still rocks today. If you’re attending a formal event, try this evening dress and theater coat pattern. I’m sure you’ll look chic in this dress!
10. Split Skirt and Sleeveless Top Summer Outfit
Skirts and sleeveless tops are the perfect pieces to wear in warm weather. These split skirt and sleeveless top summer outfit pattern will become your vintage outfit staples. Plus, the pattern instruction is so easy to follow.
1970’s Vintage Sewing Patterns
1. Dress and Cape
I can’t wait to try this pattern! I’ve been longing to make a vintage dress that looks exactly like this 1970’s dress and cape. I love that it also has a cape so I can use it in winter. The pattern is so well-designed I can easily adjust to suit my measurements.
2. Women’s Jumpsuit
We can’t deny the fact that jumpsuits are becoming trendy again these days. The modern style of jumpsuits we are seeing today are inspired by this 1970’s jumpsuit pattern. There are endless variations you can make with this jumpsuit. Any style you want to do with these jumpsuits will be pretty and comfy to wear.
3. Tennis Dress/ Short shorts
These tennis dresses and short shorts are so cool. It has a front zipper which is great for adjusting the neckline. The pattern makes a sleeveless and short sleeve with a chic flat collar.
4. Back Pleat Smock Jacket Coat and High-Waisted Wide Leg Cuffed Pants
These 1970’s back pleat smock jacket coat and high-waisted wide leg cuffed pants reminds me of 70’s winter fashion. The back pleat of this coat looks fabulous and the high waisted cuffed pants are exactly the style I was looking for.
5. High Waisted Dress
This pretty high waisted dress vintage pattern gives a classic chic look you can wear for all occasions. The pattern has two sleeve variations: long sleeve and short-sleeved. The zipper is at the back and has a stand collar.
6. Apron Dress
I love classic apron dresses! They’re so fancy and versatile with so many style variations. This simplicity vintage 1970’s apron dress pattern has three lengths available and large pockets at the front. The pattern is really simple, you can make one for yourself or as a gift to your friends.
7. Classic Trench Coat
Brighten up your chilly days with this gorgeous classic trench coat. This coat looks fabulous even today. You’ll surely look effortlessly chic in this coat.
8. Simplicity Misses’ Vintage Skirt Patterns
These simplicity misses’ vintage skirt patterns are so easy to make. It’s the perfect skirt to show off the bright and bold fabrics! Choose a lightweight fabric to make these skirts perfect for summer.
9. Maxi Dress and Jumper
Maxi dresses are a trend that never dies, and they seem to be even more popular today. They’re stylish, light, and comfy, and still lovely for both day and night! This maxi dress and jumper pattern makes a perfect project for summer.
10. Bohemian Vests Bolero Jackets
If you’re in love with the vintage bohemian style, I’m sure you’ll love these bohemian vests bolero jacket patterns. You’ll enjoy layering and combining different pieces to reflect with your unique boho outfit. The patterns have round and shaped neckline and you can make it either short or long sleeved.
1980’s Vintage Sewing Patterns
1. Straight Skirt Pattern
Feeling nostalgic looking at the office OOTD from the 80’s? Check out this straight skirt pattern, it looks stunning paired with a plain white blouse! You can also make it and add a modern touch to make it look extra classy.
2. Pullover Dress
This pullover dress from the 80’s is fancy and slouchy. The fitting is very loose and straight, while the length can be below knee or evening length. Pair this pullover dress with your favorite belt, and you’ll surely look gorgeous.
3. Misses’ Blouse
This misses blouse pattern is one of my favorite vintage patterns. It reminds me of the simple yet stunning fashion of the 80’s. The patterns look gorgeous, I’m sure I’ll be making them again and again.
4. Sundress and Tunic Vintage Sewing Pattern
These sundresses and tunic vintage patterns are stunningly gorgeous! You’ll look absolutely classy and sexy in this sundress and tunic. Both patterns are light and easy to make.
5. Dress and Jacket Pattern
This stylish dress and jacket pattern sure looks elegant! The pattern shows a long-sleeved and fully-lined dress. The jacket has big shoulder pads and lovely flat collar. I’m sure you’ll love wearing them this winter season.
6. Misses Jacket, Skirt, and Pants
These vintage patterns of misses jacket, skirt, and pants are truly one of the ravishing outfits of the 80’s. The jacket pattern has a raised neckline, shoulder pads, shaped front, and long sleeves. The length of the skirt is above the knee and the tapered pants have a raised waist. Both have no side waistbands, pleats at the front, and back zippers.
7. Lingerie Patterns
These 80’s lingerie patterns will certainly flatter your figure and make you feel so sexy and gorgeous. The patterns are so easy to make! If you love lace, this would be the perfect project to make.
8. Loose Jacket
Another gorgeous and stylish jacket you can make for winter is this loose jacket pattern. It’s a simple pattern, so you can use a lightweight fabric if you want it for daily wear. This jacket is sure to keep you warm and cozy this winter!
9. Women’s Pants Style Pattern
Remember these pants from the 80’s? I still have a few pairs of these in my closet and believe it or not, I still wear some of them today. These 80’s women’s pants style patterns are timeless. The pattern of these pants have yoke and pockets, fly front zipper, and a buttoned waistband.
Vintage garments are undeniably adorable! For more vintage sewing patterns to sew, you can watch this video from vintage on tap for the sewing steps of the Gertie summer tiki by Butterick:
Allow yourself to be a little adventurous with sewing because it will help you improve your skills. These vintage sewing patterns are fun to make and will remind you of the fashion trends from the past. You’ll be very proud of yourself if you make one of these vintage sewing patterns. Now, get your things ready and let’s get ready to sew!
Which pattern from the list above do you want to sew and wear? Let me know by leaving your comment below! Do you want some tips on how to organize your sewing patterns? Check out these tips on how to store a vintage sewing pattern!