November 8, 2011Vintage Patterns – Some of My Favourites
I am a big time pattern collector (some might say that my collection borders on a hoard, hah!) Combine that with my love of vintage, and you get someone who is a sucker for vintage patterns. I was trying to impart some organization to my patterns the other day, and I thought I would pull out a few of my faves to share here!
Simplicity 3476 – This pattern is the oldest in my collection – it dates to 1940. (If you have vintage patterns that you’re looking to date, Cemetarian has a wonderful page here, in addition Vintage Fashion Library has a bit more of a general page here, but they cover some more unusual brands) I like this pattern because I bought it from a garage sale from the original owner, and it’s such a perfect example of the military-inspired suits that were popular during WWII.
Hollywood 816 – This apron pattern dates to 1942, and it is still in it’s unprinted, factory folded condition! I drew inspiration from this pattern when I did my Retro Ruffled Apron Tutorial, but this apron is for the homemaker who means business, and is ready to get down and dirty with her cooking and cleaning. I love the fact that it covers everything, it’s really almost like a dress, but it’s still feminine and cute.
Hollywood 668 – This is another one dating to 1942, and it’s also still in it’s unprinted, factory folded condition. I absolutely love this one because it is such a classic style – you could make it up today and it would still look fresh and current. In fact, it’s on my list of patterns to grade up and sew.
McCalls 1082 – This one dates to 1943. I find the illustrations on this one to be so utterly adorable – the babies look like little dolls! I also find the leggings to be intriguing as they look like they really cover a toddler who’s probably going to get dirty otherwise. I think I might take a crack at them for for my daughter come spring.
Simplicity 4219 – This one might actually be the pride of my collection! This pattern dates to 1953. Most people seem to think that dressing dogs is a modern concept, however this pattern proves otherwise. I also love it because I design and sew coats for my two chihuahuas, so they are definitely going to be getting some vintage reproduction coats!
Simplicity 6565 – This one dates to 1966. I love this pattern because it’s adorable, a classic baby style, and has a funny story. I bought this pattern when our fearless mid-century blog leader, Ruth, sent me a link to it on facebook. My mom saw the link, and said that she used the exact same pattern to make me a dress when I was little! Simplicity must have produced this one for a long time (or reproduced it), since I wasn’t born until 1978. However, it’s really not uncommon for pattern companies to produce classic styles for years and years, or reproduce them.
Simplicity 6495 – This pattern also dates to 1966. This was a fairly recent thrift store acquisition, but when I saw it, I HAD to have it. Why? Because, when I saw it, I instantly thought of this dress that Peggy wore on Mad Men last season:
If I make the view with the short sleeves, tuck the shirt in, do the skirt in the two colours, and add the button details, it would be a dead ringer, I think!
What about you, readers? Do you have any favourite vintage patterns?