More Than 83,000 Old-fashioned Sewing Patterns Now Accessible on the Internet


Do you remember when you were a kid and your mother took you to the fabric store and looked through various sewing patterns? Perhaps you saw the names Simplicity, Butterick, or McCall’s. Well, if these names are nostalgic to you, then you’ll appreciate the website that showcases a collection of older sewing patterns like these. Now you have an excuse to dig out your old sewing machine and start sewing again.

The new website that has this collection of sewing patterns is called Vintage Patterns Wiki. They currently have stored over 83,500 different sewing patterns; each one is a minimum of 25 years of age. This will give you a chance to experience the history of fashion right from your computer. But keep checking back because updates are being made to this collection all the time as more patterns get uploaded. All the patterns come from before the year 1992.

Even if you are not a sewer and you’re just curious about these fashion illustrations, then you should definitely check out Vintage Patterns Wiki. All the patterns on the website are organized by garment type, designer, and decade; among other filters. And if you are in the mood to sew, perhaps you could surprise everyone at your next office party by showing up in a 1960s skirt suit or a dashiki.

You will really get a sense of how creative fashion designers were back then. Designs from big designers like Givenchy and Dior can be found here too. Since many women these days are discovering the retro look, they may find it better to use vintage patterns for creating something new rather than just shopping for clothes in a vintage shop.

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It’s also possible to peruse by garment type. You’ll find everything from lingerie to raincoats, wedding dresses to maternity wear, all with vintage flair.

Even rapper MC Hammer makes an appearance, with his famous harem pants.

Vintage Patterns Wiki: Website h/t: [Open Culture]

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