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21 Sewing Tutorials Inspired by 1940's Fashion

Do you love vintage clothing? Then go back to Hollywood's Golden Age with these free vintage sewing patterns!


Updated March 10, 2017
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21 Sewing Projects Inspired by 1940s Fashion

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.

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

Inspired by 1940's Dress Patterns

Red Carpet Evening Gown Tutorial

The fashion of the 1940s was divided into two very different categories: practical and military-inspired silhouettes popular during and after WWII and the Golden Age of Hollywood, filled with slinky and sultry gowns. If you love the style of the 1940s, then you're in luck, because this list of free dress patterns has the practicality of simple sundresses and the occasional glam of special occasion dress patterns. You can't go wrong with these vintage-inspired dress patterns.

Inspired by Vintage Tops

Vera Beatnik Turtleneck Tutorial

The tops and blouses worn during the 1940s had a very specific, and boxy shape, mostly due to the influence of WWII. On the homefront, women worn classic and simple shirts that were structured and fitted to the body, without being too form-fitting. If you love classic and comfortable style, then you'll love these DIY shirts and other tops.

Inspired by Retro Patterns for Girls

Chromatic Vintage Ribbon Skirt

Clothing for girls in the 1940s tended to have a simple shape and full skirt. Puff sleeves, Peter Pan collars, and ruffle trim were popular styles for prim and proper young ladies. Give your daughter or granddaughter a modern dress with a vintage vibe by checking out these free clothing patterns for girls.

Inspired by 1940s Sewing Patterns for Babies

Little Dorothy Baby Dress Pattern

Similar to clothing patterns for older girls, clothing for infants had plenty of puff sleeves and ruffle trim. The 1940s also saw a rise in popularity of the romper for babies, an early ancestor to the modern onesie. If you've been searching for some fun vintage clothing for your little one, then you'll love this list of vintage patterns for infants.

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