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Top 10 Vintage Patterns


Vintage has made a massive comeback and is still going strong. From vehicles and fashion to home looks, vintage design is popular with all ages! With this in mind, I’ve put together my top 10 vintage patterns to suit all occasions!



First up is Simplicity Pattern 1587, which features a pattern for a 1940’s dress. Two sleeve options are available and you can choose bow or button detailing at the the neck – both look gorgeous.  I love the flattering flare at the waist and the length of the dress is just right.


Next, is Butterick Pattern 4790. You may have seen this Fifties dress on season 3 of The Great British Sewing Bee – it was hugely popular due to the ease of making and known as the ‘walkaway dress’ because you could “Start it after breakfast and walkaway in it by lunchtime”. Only 3 pattern pieces are needed and I love the option for choosing contrasting fabrics. Make using pretty cotton or linen fabrics.


Vogue Pattern 1094 is from an original 1955 design which is perfect for that vintage evening look and you can choose either mid knee or floor length. The off the shoulder detail is so elegant and this dress is best made in taffeta and organdy fabrics.Simplicity1155

Simplicity Pattern 1155 features a 1950’s evening dress which, given the breadth of fabrics you can make it with, is quite versatile. Crepe back satin, taffeta, gingham, cottons and linen; it’s all about your personal style – you may want to have the main fabric as a gingham with the contrasting bodice in taffeta! The back features a deep v with bow detail and looks so pretty.


Butterick Pattern 5603 includes three Fifties dresses with empire waists, below knee and different neckline designs. Such a flattering shape, this can be made from taffeta for an evening look or linen for daytime wear.


Vogue Pattern 2401 features two stunning waist tie dresses with differing sleeve lengths. I love the wide wing collar and waist detail. This looks amazing when made with crepe, taffeta or satin.


For a 1950’s beach look, why not try Simplicity Pattern 1166? Included are pieces for a button down shirt, bra top with cross back and a full skirt with sweet button detail. Use cool denim, poplin, cotton or linen for this design.


Butterick Pattern 6582 is celebrating the Sixties with 3 different dress designs. All are mid-calf length but feature different skirt and neck styles. Whether you prefer the flared, gathered skirt or more of a ‘wiggle’ look is up to you – I think they are all beautiful. Crepe, taffeta or shantung are ideal fabrics for this pattern.


Taken from a 1954 original design, Vogue Pattern 8788 is for a sleeveless, back wrap dress with either a tie or belted waist. This style is best made from poplin or denim material.


And finally….Vogue Pattern 8789 features two dress styles – both fitted bodice and full skirts but choose from either a v-neck or bateau neckline. The cummerbund is a lovely finishing touch! Light cotton, crepe or shantung are well suited to these designs.

And there you have it, my top ten vintage patterns! If you want to make the flared skirt styles stand out then why not have a petticoat underneath? You can buy one ready made or C & H have patterns for those as well!

If you aren’t sure about a pattern, or the fabrics you can use, don’t forget to ask for help! The specialists are in store and their knowledge is second to none.

Happy Sewing!

Written By

Sarah – Web Assistant and Vintage Fan




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