As promised, here is my vintage reprint pattern collection. As you can tell, I have a much wider range of fashion periods in my reprint collection, 1930's through 1950's. And if you haven't noticed from the photo above, this is going to be a long post with lots of pictures. Some of these are not strictly reprint patterns, but I thought I would include them because they at least hint at or capture a vintage design. This picture does not completely capture my collection as I have once again forgotten that I owned a pattern belonging to this category. I also have a pattern that I only have as an e-pattern.
Top left to right: 1950's reprint; a pattern that reminds me of the 50's; a costume pattern ca. 1940's; a pattern with 1940's vibe; and a 1940's blouse pattern reprint.
Bottom left to right: 1940's sportswear reprint; 1940's day dress reprint; shirtdress with 1940's styling; and a reprint hat pattern likely from the 1950's.
This pattern is not necessarily a 1940's reprint, but it bears many hallmarks of 1940's styling. It features forward shoulder seams with gathers. A feature prominent in many 1940's designs. Belts were a common accessory then as well as now. The shorter and slimmer skirts of designs A and B are very characteristic of the 1940's wartime rationing. The contrasting collar of version A was not an unknown design detail of the 1940's. The short sleeves are also a length common for the time period.
I have made this pattern using a rayon print. I think I needed to have shortened the bodice a little more though. Being short (5' 2"), this is common practice. Anyway, it is a lovely pattern. Style A, features a bow in front at the bottom of the V neckline. Style B shows you the details of both designs.
I have used this pattern to make a skirt to go along with a blazer I have. I haven't used the pattern for anything else yet, although the blouse looks tempting.
While this is not a reprint, I thought this should belong. Edelweiss patterns has released several patterns based on the dresses from Sound of Music. It qualifies for inclusion here because Sound of Music was placed in the late 1930's. I used this pattern to make the dress I wore to the swing dance featured here.
This pattern is a 1930's reprint as evident from the pattern cover blaring 1930's across the top. This pattern came from Vintage Pattern Lending Library which is either a subscription lending library or a pattern store depending on your needs. I bought the pattern from their Etsy store, Vintage Pattern Girl. Not all the patterns from VPLL are multi-sized, but well worth the resizing if a pattern is not in your size. VPLL has patterns from many eras 1950's and earlier. The pattern is printed on really nice paper. (Not the thin tissue paper of the big 4). I am in the process of making a dress from this pattern.
The other pattern I have is the Swing Dress pattern from Sensibility Patterns. I don't have a picture because I only have the PDF print version.
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this look into my pattern collection!
Sarah loves to sew, learn more about sewing, and create items with a vintage flair. Her arch enemy is clipping curves, and she has a tolerable relationship with the seam ripper.
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