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Fashion in the 1960s: 14 Vintage Sewing Patterns for Today

Journey back to the swinging 60s with this list of free sewing patterns for vintage lovers!

Fashion in the 1960s 14 Vintage Sewing Patterns for Today

The trends and looks that came out of 60s fashion were some of the boldest and the brightest the fashion world had ever seen. A time of great turmoil, great change, and absolutely fantastic music, the 1960s brought us trends that just keep coming back. From slim-fit jeans to mini-skirts, 60s fashion was a force to be reckoned with when it emerged. We’re still seeing these trends come and go over and over again! Shows like the ever-popular Mad Men show us sixties fashion in its prime, making those old looks look oh so good! If you want to add some trends from fashion in the 1960s to your wardrobe, this is the list for you! Check out Fashion in the 1960s: 14 Vintage Sewing Patterns for Today to find some 60s style dresses, 1960s fashion patterns, and other vintage sewing patterns that will fit right at home in your modern wardrobe.

The sixties brought us a revolution in fashion. Before the 1960s and the rise of a burgeoning and powerful youth culture, all of the fashion trends were dictated entirely by fashion gurus and stars in European cities like Paris and London. As times changed and the baby boomer generation started growing up and expressing itself, this influence changed entirely! Just as it is today, young people entirely dictated the high fashion and the street fashion in the 1960s. This is why many 1960s trends were controversial, showy, and progressive. The rise of the single, self-sufficient woman meant feminine office-wear, mini-skirts, and even more trousers for women. Keep scrolling to find out how you can use vintage sewing patterns to add some 60s fashion to your modern wardrobe.

Swinging 60s Style Dresses

Peasant DIY Maxi Dress

The fashion of the 1960s was a radical shift from previous decades as hemlines rose, and feminine and fitted garments took on boxier shapes with the introduction of everything mod. Models like Twiggy. Jean Shrimpton, and Jane Birkin made the mini skirt a staple of the decade, as did designers like Mary Quant and Yves Saint Laurent. These free dress patterns and skirt tutorials are the perfect way to show off your legs in style this summer!

  • Peasant DIY Maxi DressChannel your inner bohemian goddess for a simple and stunning dress that's a charming choice for spring and summer. This Peasant DIY Maxi Dress is the ultimate combination of style and ease, and is the perfect opportunity to show off your favorite spring prints.
  • 60s Vixen Lace DressChannel your inner 60s rock goddess with this free sewing tutorial. This 60s Vixen Lace Dress has a timeless vintage design while still looking contemporary. You can wear it in so many ways that you will never want to wear anything else.
  • Sometimes, simple is best. Get back to basics with the 2 Hour Shift Dress tutorial. Part of why this project is such an easy dress to make is because it relies on an existing dress you already have in your wardrobe, making it a great refashioning project.
  • Refashioned 1960s Mod DressTake a trip back in time with this Refashioned 1960s Mod Dress. All you need to get a completely authentic '60s vintage look is an old pair of polyester pants and a big old T-shirt. This is absolutely one of the most fun free dress patterns that you'll find.
  • Chromatic Vintage Ribbon SkirtUpdate your wardrobe with this Chromatic Vintage Ribbon Skirt! Add ribbons to a plain garment you already have, or make a new one from scratch. Either way, you'll end up with one of the cutest vintage patterns out there. Homemade skirts always impress when you're out on the town, and this one will have you turning heads.
  • Chalk Lines Mini SkirtStep into fall weather in style with this easy sewing tutorial for the Chalk Lines Mini Skirt. You don't have to hide your fabulous legs in long clothes just because cooler weather's moving in. This free skirt tutorial shows you how to create a fashionable skirt that looks gorgeous with tights and boots, and is great in lovely thick fabrics like tweed for fall.

Mad Men-Inspired Clothing

10 Minute Sixties-Inspired Bow

60s clothing trends reflected in shows like Mad Men show off the professional style worn by working women and men during this decade. Skirts became less full from previous years, and the classic 'secretary' style look with fitted sweaters, low heels, and fun accessories became the day to day fashion for women. Treat yourself to a brand new look for work with these vintage-inspired sewing patterns that are completely office-approved.

  • 10 Minute Sixties-Inspired BowSimple sewing projects that involve a retro-flair are definite winners. This 10 Minute Sixties-Inspired Bow will give you the mod touch you need to create top-notch, trendy items. Making bows from fabric is a skill you'll want to adopt if you have a frumpy top or dress that could use a little lift.
  • Upcycled Spring Trench CoatWinter is approaching, but that doesn't mean you can't brighten up those chilly months with this beautiful spring DIY trench coat. The Upcycled Spring Trench Coat tutorial is a cheap and easy sewing pattern to create.
  • Dapper Dan VestFormal attire is expensive, especially for kids who are constantly growing out of their clothes. With this Dapper Dan Vest tutorial, you can learn how to make a vest that will give your little man all of the classiness with none of the cost.
  • DIY Vintage BeltGive your wardrobe a glam 50s inspired touch with this DIY Vintage Belt. This vintage sewing tutorial will show you how to make a vintage-inspired bow belt that looks adorable when paired with skirts, tops, or dresses. This belt hits right at your natural waist, making it a fantastic way to accentuate your figure and highlight your curves.
  • J. Crew Inspired Classic SkirtIf you've ventured this far to learn how to sew a skirt, make it one that you like. The Classic Skirt has everything you need to achieve a timeless and sophisticated look. Making skirts this polished may seem like an impossible feat, but with a tutorial like this one skirt-making is an easy task.
  • Mulberry Style Paperbag SkirtMake your own clothes or alter thrift store finds with free sewing craft patterns like this one! The Mulberry Style Paperbag Skirt is easy to make, and it's universally flattering to boot. This pencil skirt pattern is not one you are going to want to pass up. With its unique cinched waist, classic cut, and hint of vintage, this free skirt pattern is perfect for the office.
  • Sassy Secretary Upcycled SkirtThis Sassy Secretary Upcycled Skirt is the perfect way to dress office-appropriate with just a little bit of flair. By showing you how to alter a skirt by adding buttons to a plain khaki skirt, this cute piece will stand out. Looking vintage and modern at the same time, this skirt will help you channel your inner Peggy Olson or Joan Holloway. This would be a great skirt to keep around for your fall wardrobe, as well.

DIY Vintage Patterns

60s Baby Doll Tunic Tutorial

1960s style wasn't limited to just mini skirts or Mad Men-inspired clothing! With fashion icons ranging from the ever classic Jackie O to bohemian fashions worn by Janis Joplin and Stevie Nicks, the 1960s were a fashion decade that embraced anything and everything. No matter your personal style, you're sure to find the perfect DIY accessory or clothing pattern for you.

  • 60s Baby Doll Tunic TutorialTransform an old long-sleeve tee into a chic and trendy tunic that's figure flattering and fashionable with this 60s Baby Doll Tunic Tutorial. Made in a 1960s inspired baby doll silhouette, this tunic sewing tutorial shows you how to upcycle an old tee and add a flattering empire waist and flared sleeves.
  • No kitchen is complete without an apron hanging up somewhere. Make this Beginner's Vintage Apron yours with this easy-to-follow tutorial! As cute homemade aprons go, you won't find a better free sewing pattern than this one. The applique on this apron is incredibly easy and adds a classic, old-fashioned look to the simple design.
  • Jackie's Pill Box Hat is a classic look for the books. By learning how to sew a hat like this one, you'll revive the style immortalized by an iconic American. Don this cap when you feel like dressing up your wardrobe for the day. Purchasing a hat can take a heavy toll on your wallet, but this easy hat pattern will save you time, money, and stress.
  • Vintage Heirloom DressLearn how to make a dress for girls that will be passed down for years to come. You can learn how to make clothes for your little baby with this Vintage Heirloom Dress. Inspired by vintage designs and fabric, this piece includes a tiny bodice embellished with buttons and a cute collar.
  • Vintage High Waist BikiniYou can sew yourself a bathing suit that will really make a splash. Check out this tutorial on how to sew a Vintage High Waist Bikini. This project is a great way to save money without sacrificing style. This project features vintage looks that you'll love to show off on your next outing to the beach.

What's your favorite fashion decade? Let us know in the comments!

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