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21 Sewing Tutorials Inspired by 1940's Fashion


Updated January 20, 2017
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There's something incredibly attractive about fashion from the 1940s. With special attention to cuts that fell on all the right places, this was a period that defined what is today known as "classic". These 21 Sewing Tutorials Inspired by 1940's Fashion seek to emulate a style that inevitably becomes any woman. Learn how to sew clothes that accentuate your waist with these dress pattern tutorials. Take a tip from vintage-inspired projects that flare over your hips and legs, giving you that classic hourglass shape. Try sewing a top with extra body to it by adding ruffles or peplum for an ultra-feminine look. These sewn clothes will look fabulously flattering once you piece them together.

Vintage Sewing Projects

Learning how to sew clothes that look like the end products of true 1940's sewing patterns is much easier than you think. Broken down to the basics, you can create 1940's fashion easily and painlessly thanks to these designers' terrific tutorials. Choose the project that strikes your liking based on the teaser, and follow step-by-step instructions to create your finished piece. Find vintage-inspired sewing projects for women, girls, and babies from the cute collection below.

21 Sewing Tutorials Inspired by 1940's Fashion
Table of Contents

Inspired by 1940's Dress Patterns
Inspired by Vintage Tops
Inspired by Retro Patterns For Girls
Inspired by 1940's Sewing Patterns for Babies


Inspired by 1940's Dress Patterns:

Swirly Twirly Free Dress Pattern

  1. Swirly Twirly Free Dress Pattern
  2. H&M Knock-Off Cowgirl Dress
  3. Classic A-Line Dress
  4. NEW! Peggy Carter-Inspired Upcycled Skirt

Sunday Brunch Free Dress Pattern 

  1. Bachelorette Party Dress
  2. Surprisingly Simple Upcycled Dress
  3. NEW! Red Carpet Evening Gown Tutorial - Inspired by Lana Turner!
  4. Sunday Brunch Free Dress Pattern
  5. DIY Tank Dress

Inspired by Vintage Tops:

Henley T-Shirt Reconstruction

  1. Henley T-Shirt Reconstruction
  2. NEW! Spring Style Blazer Pattern
  3. DIY Peplum Shirt

Peplum Top Refashion

  1. Cardigan Made from Sweater
  2. Peplum Top Refashion


Vintage Sewing Ideas


If you love vintage sewing ideas, check out our vintage sewing tag. There's tons of ideas!




Inspired by Retro Patterns For Girls:

Sassy Spring Girls Dress Pattern

  1. Little Miss Gingerbread Dress
  2. Chromatic Vintage Ribbon Skirt

Polka Dot Circle Dress for Tweens

  1. Secretariat Inspired Dress
  2. Sassy Spring Girls Dress Pattern

Inspired by 1940's Sewing Patterns for Babies:

Spring Baby Free Dress Pattern

  1. Spring Baby Free Dress Pattern
  2. Bitty Blazer Baby Sewing Pattern
  3. NEW! Jolly Holiday Dress Pattern

Winter Baby Onesie Pattern 

  1. Itty Bitty Simple Dress Pattern
  2. Playtime Baby Shoes


1920s Fashion


If you loved these vintage-inspired projects and want more, see what we have for the 1920s and 1950s!



What's your favorite fashion decade? Leave a comment below!

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