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I’ve hoarded vintage patterns since high school. 20s flapper dresses, 40s playsuits, 50s ball gowns, 60s structural mini’s, 70s bell bottoms… Regardless of size, if it looked cool I had to have it.

 I managed to amass an entire coat closets worth of patterns, and have made myself many wonderful items over the years. I’ve also made many one of a kind, vintage inspired outfits which I sold through Etsy and EBay, which have gone to happy homes worldwide. I won’t give up this hobby any time soon. But…. I’ve decided to part with the excess. Rather than horde things I don’t use, I’m hoping the patterns will find new owners who will appreciate (and hopefully use) them. 

 I decided now is the time because traditional domestic skills are making a comeback. The art of making things by hand (and with love) is slowly but surely resurfacing. These patterns are valued today as they weren’t 13 years ago, and I couldn’t be happier about that.

 Here is the first batch of patterns I’m offering for sale on EBay.  There’s hundreds more, which will be listed weekly throughout the year. I only sell patterns which have all pieces intact. I carefully inspect them to ensure this. So no gambling involved.


1940s Advance #4564 playsuit/swimsuit. Good larger size (40 bust).

1940s Hollywood pattern#1487. Darling casual dress/suit set! 40s size 18 / 36 bust.

Late 1960s/1970s Vogue Couturier Design #1692. Pucci pajama jumpsuit. Vintage size 12.

Late 1960s/1970s Vogue Couturier Design #2249. Pucci v neck pajama jumpsuit. Vintage size 10.

Late 1960s/1970s Vogue Americana #1856. Chester Weinberg mod mini dress. Vintage size 10.

1960s Vogue Paris Original #1737. Guy Laroche mod mini dress + matching coat.Vintage size 14.

1928 Vogue #9242. Flapper dress with asymmetric hem + scarf. Matching slip pattern also included. Size 18 years/36 bust.

HIGHLY COVETED! 1940s Simplicity #1307 sarong skirt, shorts, and cropped tie top playsuit/dress set. 40s size 16/34 bust.

Late 1960s/1970s Vogue Couturier Design #2065. Fabiani mini dress.Vintage size 10.

Late 1950s/1960s Vogue Paris Original #1458. Lanvin Castillo full skirt dress + matching coat. Factory folded – unused w/ 2 original sewing labels intact. Plus a 3rd department store sewing label. Very Mad Men! Vintage size 12.

 1960s Vogue Paris Original #1694. Pierre Cardin mod mini dress w/ sculpted seams. Vintage size 12.

1970s Vogue Paris Original #2827. Pierre Balmain day dress. Ok, this one is missing the pattern piece for the belt loop, but that can easily be recreated. All the critical pieces are intact.Vintage size 14.

More to be listed on Thursday – namely 30s and 40s patterns.




From my personal collection. I love 60s mod dresses, especially ones that incorporate color blocking. Pierre Cardin designed some of the best ones : ).


Eva Dress  just stocked copies of this authentic antique sewing pattern, circa Victorian France. Isn’t it amazing? 

Reminds me of Musidora’s costume in Les Vampires, which is a great thing.


A vintage Hollywood pattern from my personal collection. Some of the best patterns were made by this brand!

I have a really photographic memory, and can remember details such as when and where I bought things, how much I paid for them, etc. etc.

 I purchased this particular pattern when I was 19, and on a day trip with my dad; to Washington’s Skagit valley tulip festival. Our day was spent amidst other tourists, who lined up for miles to see the many acres of tulips in bloom. From there it was a little shopping in the surrounding antique malls.

 As we were headed back, we noticed what looked like a garage sale, and pulled over. Only this was no ordinary sale. Here in the midst of nowhere, surrounded by nothing but tulips, stood a small old house with it’s white paint peeling off. And outside, boxes upon boxes of amazing vintage clothing, hats, shoes, fabrics, and sewing patterns. The late owner of the home had been a professional model… who had incredible taste. Among the labels she wore? Ceil Chapman, Kamehameha, Shaheen, and Fred Perlberg. Her sons and daughters had no interest in keeping her belongings, and were eager to be rid of them asap.

 I managed to snag all the clothes, hats, shoes, fabrics, and around 30 patterns. For $8.00. Those were the days! Since then I’ve used it around 20 times, with each playsuit being made in a different fabric. I won’t be retiring it any time soon.


A pattern from my personal collection.