Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Simple and Easy FREE Vintage Patterns

Whilst I have been at work today, my lovely husband has been installing office on my new computer, as well as finding drivers to make my printer compatible and setting up its wireless printing option.  Gotta love a tech savvy husband!

Just heard that I didn't get the full time job I interviewed for. Not sure if I'm upset or happy about that. It would have been more money, but WAAAAYYY less sewing time, and I probably wouldn't be able to work at Elsie George Boutique very often. Not to mention if I got it, I would be wasting 2 hours driving everyday, Yuck!

Thinking about the Vintage Pattern Pledge, I thought I might share this bunch of vintage, self draft patterns that I have been compiling through pinterest. These are images only, not links, so apologies to anyone who's pic I stole. I thought it may help out some of you who may not have a stash of vintage patterns, or those of you, who just want a really quick easy sew.

The Jiffy top!

I think I need a pair of these "step-ins"

Cute bloomers!

I must say I'm a bit partial to this bed jacket/cape. Lets get rid of snuggies and bring back the bed jacket! I think I will need to sew myself one when winter comes.

Well I hope you find these tutorials as handy as me. I will definitely be making a few of these in the coming year.

Dixie O'Dare

P.S if any of my readers have made any of these, I would love to see your results!


  1. These are lovely! And they would be great for the Vintage Sewing Pattern Pledge.
    I have quite a few of these self-draft designs but there are a lot of new-to-me options in this post. These things were published in ladies' magazines in the 1950's (and 40's and 60's).
    Mine are all in Dutch and during last year's Pledge, another seamstress wanted to make a top from a design she had found on Pinterest. Which had originally come from my blog. I found out through the VSPP board and contacted her so I could send her a bigger picture of it ;)
    If you want to sew from these descriptions, you have to pay attention to the sizing though. Most include measurements or scale pictures which are designed to result in a garment in one specific dress size.

    1. Thanks for the info Lauriana! I just love that this kind of thing was so commonplace in women's magazines back then, you certainly wouldn't find much sewing in the mainstream magazines today. While most of these patterns do assume everyone is a 36" bust, I figure it is not hard to work out the pattern for different bodies, by working out the difference. I know I will! Definitely want to make some "step ins" or petti pants to wear under by petticoats this year.