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March 11, 2013

Vintage Patterns From My Collection – 1960s-1980s

By RetroRuth

Don’t  be confused. Yes, this is RetroRuth and not Andrea or Betty, and yes, I am posting about sewing!  This weekend I moved part of my huuuuuuge vintage pattern collection and reorganized it, and while I was doing it I snapped a couple of pictures of my favorites to share with you guys.


I have to admit that I have been holding on to this pattern mostly for inspiration. As soon as I have a free minute (ha!), I am going to try to recreate those red pajamas with the leopard trim. In my size, of course.


I have a weakness for these “full wardrobe” patterns. This one is nautical and awesome.


Puffy sleeves, wide leg trousers AND hats?? Sign me up!


I just love these dresses.


Still planning on making that swimsuit cover-up…someday…


Or maybe this one. Looks super-simple, huh?


Another inspiration pattern. The teeny vest with the ric-rac!


This pattern looks like Easter to me!


I have more than the normal amount of bridal patterns. But is there really a “normal” amount? We can just say I have a lot. A lot of vintage bridal patterns.


Oh, view #1. So pretty.


And then, of course, my random selection of patterns that make me laugh.

This is “Annie, Too! Fun Clothes For a Grown-Up Annie” which is pretty hilarious. Apparently Annie likes the boho look.


I have a ton of Sesame Street patterns as well, but the little girl in the center of this pattern with her hip-hop pose always cracks me up!


Popples!! Do you remember Popples? Totally not mid-century at all, but I LOVED these things. I was so excited to find a pattern to make them. Now I can have all the Popples I want, as soon as I find the time to make them all.


Aaaaaand another bridal pattern. Did I mention I have a lot of these??

So, who out there has a vintage or modern pattern collection? And who is like me, and never has the time to sew?? Time to confess!

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16 Responses to Vintage Patterns From My Collection – 1960s-1980s

  1. Nina Reply

    March 11, 2013 at 8:12 am

    Ruth, I will let you see the DVD I had made of my parents slides. Most all clothing worn is made from these types of patterns including the leopard trim. I still have the leopard trim collars

    • RetroRuth Reply

      March 12, 2013 at 12:21 pm

      Thanks, Nina! Your mom knew how to do it up right. 🙂

  2. KDA Reply

    March 11, 2013 at 8:47 am

    I don’t know how to sew, but I love these posts about patterns. I think because it reminds me of going to the fabric store with my mom and looking at and picking out patterns for my dresses and Halloween costumes.

    • RetroRuth Reply

      March 12, 2013 at 12:23 pm

      I am glad you love the post!! I have fond memories of picking out patterns with my mom, too!

  3. Inky Wine Reply

    March 11, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Ruuuuuuuuuuuuuth, what is the number of the smashing nautical Simplicity pattern? I must hunt it down!!

    • RetroRuth Reply

      March 12, 2013 at 12:25 pm

      Hi Inky!

      The pattern # is 8820. It is awesome, isn’t it??

      • Inky Wine Reply

        March 12, 2013 at 12:47 pm

        Thank you so much Ruth! How about the one below it, the puffy sleeves and wide leg trousers, could I trouble you for that pattern number too? I thought I had that one in my collection but I don’t (it must just look familiar because I’m old, hahaha!)

        You’re a peach 🙂

        • RetroRuth Reply

          March 19, 2013 at 5:30 pm

          No probs, doll! It is Simplicity # 6110!

  4. Paula Webb Reply

    March 11, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    I was in a shop not too long ago that had framed vintage pattern envelopes, which I thought was an awesome idea.

    • RetroRuth Reply

      March 12, 2013 at 1:58 pm

      Hey Paula!

      That is a great idea! I will have to try that!

  5. Cindy Reply

    March 12, 2013 at 5:37 am

    Wonderful selection of patterns! Thanks for sharing!

    • RetroRuth Reply

      March 12, 2013 at 1:59 pm

      Thanks, Cindy! Glad you liked it!

  6. Serendipity Handmade + Vintage Reply

    March 12, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    I absolutely want to see those Popples when you find time to make them! What a great pattern find.

  7. Andrea Reply

    March 12, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    I am also loving the two patterns that Inky liked as well. I am going to be hunting for those to add to my collection! I also have a bizzare number of vintage bridal patterns. I say it’s because I plan to sell them, but for some reason I never do!

    • Andrea Reply

      March 12, 2013 at 4:52 pm

      Oh, and the Popples patterns is ridiculously cool! I loved Popples!

  8. anona mead Reply

    March 13, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Oh the nostalgia. How Iremember buying a pattern and fabric in my lunch hour and then running up a frock to go out in that night. Mind you my parents were firmly convinced I was going out when I should thinking about coming home. Brilliant era to have grown up in.

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