Like, Totally Awesome: 26 1990s Sewing Patterns
The 70s and 80s? As if! Bring back everyone's real favorite decade with these 90s-inspired clothes, accessories, and more.
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When you think of iconic styles from the 1990s, what comes to mind? The famous haircut sported by Rachel Green in the hit TV show Friends? The preppy schoolgirl style of Cher Horowitz from the movie Clueless? Maybe some of the stylish starlets of the time, like Kate Moss, Winona Ryder, and Drew Barrymore? The decade may have ended nearly 20 years ago, but that just means it's high time for a resurgence in 90s fashion.
We are totally buggin' for these 26 1990s Sewing Patterns. In our collection, you'll rediscover the styles of that unforgettable decade. We've got everything from 1990s dress patterns and other 90s-style clothes to 90s jewelry and 90s hair accessories. You'll also find some tutorials for how to sew toys that were popular way back then, along with a few pop culture-inspired sewing patterns.
Whether you're looking to add some true 90s style to your wardrobe or you're just in search of some 90s dress-up ideas for a themed party, there is definitely something for everyone here! You will be so all that no matter what outfit you end up putting together.
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'90s Patterns for Clothes
The 1990s were an interesting time for fashion, to say the least. The decade saw everything from luxe velvet outfits to neon windbreakers, from acid-washed jeans to the infamous gold Hammer pants, from flannel shirts to itty bitty crop tops. Now you can add a more modern twist to those looks with these free sewing patterns for 90s-style clothes. Whether you want to go grunge-punk like Gwen Stefani or preppy like Cher Horowitz, there's a little something for everyone here. You'll look totally bangin' in all of these options.
- Upcycled 90s-Style Velour Blouse
Crushed velvet and velour were a hot trend back in the 90s. Find an old velour shirt and resurrect it into a modern blouse by adding split sleeves.
- Bell Sleeve DIY Blouse Tutorial
Revisit the 90s when you check out this tutorial! Bell sleeves were a statement twenty years ago, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still rock them with this refashioned blouse.
- Seattle Style Shirt Dress Refashion
Give your wardrobe some classic 90s Seattle style with a flannel shirt dress that's both figure-flattering and completely cozy. This refashioning tutorial shows you how to transform two regular flannel button-downs into one chic and edgy dress.
- Designer-Inspired Distressed Patch Shorts
Get ready for summer with these distressed patch denim shorts! You can find on-trend patches at the craft store, or you can add some throwback flair with your vintage patches from the 90s!
- Lovely Lace DIY Slip Dress
Slip dresses are on trend again! Blend in with the high fashion runway models by sewing this one. You'll feel just like Kate Moss in this little number.
- Pretty Woman DIY Maxi Skirt
Remember the classic 90s movie starring Julia Roberts? You'll feel like a whole new person wearing this Pretty Woman-inspired skirt. This sewing project combines the trendy length of a maxi skirt with the classic look of pleats for a truly unique style.
- Cold Shoulder Flannel Shirt Refashion
Bring grunge to the modern era with this flannel shirt refashioning project. Just detach the collar, create some cut-out shoulders, and finish up!
- Crushed Velvet Dress Free Sewing Pattern
This crushed velvet dress is incredibly easy to make and will make a great 90s-inspired addition to your wardrobe. Wear it as a top or a chic mini dress.
- Suede Shirttail Mini Skirt
Remember when you could get away with wearing mini skirts just about anywhere? This DIY mini skirt is made in luxurious suede and hits at mid-thigh, so it's the perfect sleek skirt to pair with tees, cardigans, and chunky sweaters to get the designer look for less.
- How to Make a Buffalo Plaid Pencil Skirt
Channel your inner Cher Horowitz with this preppy plaid skirt! Create a beautiful and elegant skirt that will look miles better than a skirt purchased off the rack.
- DIY Harem Pants Sewing Pattern
STOP: Hammer time! Draft these seriously comfy, seriously 90s harem pants for yourself and wear them with confidence.
- Baby Got Back Leggings
I like big baby butts and I cannot lie! With bulky diapers, babies always have a little more junk in their trunk. These leggings were especially designed to account for diaper bulk.
- How to Make Your Own Crop Top
Crop tops got a bad rep after the 90s, but now this piece of clothing is now celebrated for its emphasis on a person's bust and waist. Channel your inner Britney or Christina with this design, which creates one a perfectly fitted crop top from just the bodice of a dress pattern.
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1990s Fashion Accessories to Sew
Scrunchies! Jelly shoes! Butterfly clips! We're still not over all the crazy accessories that were popular two decades ago. Fanny packs and chokers are actually making a comeback! But don't head to the mall just yet. Instead, check out some of our takes on 1990s fashion accessories below and sew up some vintage 90s patterns instead! With some bag patterns that'll remind you of quirky Phoebe Buffay and 90s jewelry sewing patterns that'll have you wishing Limited Too was still around, this collection will not disappoint if you're looking for ways to bring the 90s back to your wardrobe.
- Phoebe Fringe Purse Tutorial
Inspired by 90s fashion trends, this fun sewing tutorial teaches you how to make a stylish crossbody bag that transitions perfectly from summer to fall. This bag tutorial is great for women on the go and creates a fantastic lightweight purse that's perfect for a day out shopping or a night out on the town.
- DIY Embellished Sequin Patch Pin
Put this patch on your 90s jean jacket or on the back pocket of your acid-washed jeans! This brooch is comfortable to wear, and it'll add a funky, on-trend look to any outfit.
- 90s Daisy Chain DIY Choker
Head back to the 90s with this gorgeous DIY choker that combines hand sewing and jewelry making. This is the perfect sewing project to recreate the popular fashion from the 1990s, bringing to mind styles from movies like Clueless or She's All That.
- 1990s DIY Hair Scrunchie
Feeling nostalgic for the 90s, when scrunchies and high-waisted jeans were in fashion? You’re in luck, because your favorite decade is back! Channel your inner Carrie Bradshaw or Phoebe Buffay with this throwback 1990s hair scrunchie.
- Designer-Inspired 1990s Velvet Choker Necklace
The 90s are calling! Using simple beads, a velvet ribbon, and a needle and thread, you can create a fun and personalized choker necklace perfect for the young or young at heart.
- Hands-Free Hip Bag Tutorial
Forget about the original fanny packs from the 90s and turn a thrift store purse into a chic hip bag with this sewing project. This tutorial shows you how to refashion an old purse and make it into a handy bag that you can wear on your belt, making it perfect for traveling.
From slim-fit jeans to mini-skirts, 60s fashion was a force to be reckoned with when it emerged. If you want to add some trends from fashion in the 1960s to your wardrobe, this is the list for you! Check out this collection to find some 60s style dresses, 1960s fashion patterns, and other vintage sewing patterns that will fit right at home in your modern wardrobe. Fashion in the 1960s: 14 Vintage Sewing Patterns for Today
Pop Culture-Inspired Sewing Patterns for Toys and More
Do you ever wish you could travel back to the 90s and relive some of the pop culture moments? I personally miss toys like Furbies, Beanie Babies, and the original American Girl Dolls. Maybe you wish you could go back and experience the magic of Disney's Golden Age or the excitement of reading the very first Harry Potter book. Luckily, we've found some great free toy sewing patterns and other pop culture-inspired 90s patterns that'll take you back to the decade where everything was just plain fun! Even if you didn't grow up in the 90s, you'll still reminisce fondly when you see these projects.
- American Girl Inspired Colonial Doll Outfit
American Girl Dolls were THE thing to have if you grew up in the 90s! If your granddaughter or daughter loves American Girl, she'll fall completely in love with this historical-inspired outfit.
- Baby Doll Clothes Tutorial
Okay, so Cabbage Patch Kids have been around since the 70s, but they were definitely still popular in the following decades! Consider giving your little one's favorite doll a makeover with some brand new doll clothes patterns.
- Star Wars R2D2 DIY Apron
Fun fact: Star Sars: The Phantom Menace made its debut in 1999! These might not be the droids you are looking for, but they most definitely are the free apron patterns you've been seeking. This free sewing pattern is an adorable blend of geekdom and practicality.
- Gryffindor-Inspired Infinity Scarf Tutorial
The magic of Harry Potter began in the 90s and continues today! This Harry Potter-inspired sewing tutorial is the best way for your kids show off their Hogwarts pride, even if they do live in the Muggle world.
- 6-for-1 Princess Apron Tutorial
Let's be real, the Golden Age of Disney was smack dab in the middle of the 90s. This multi-way apron is just what you need to dress up your daughter to look like all her favorite Disney princesses.
- Stuffed Critter DIY Backpack
Do you remember when every kid in the 90s was carrying around a stuffed animal backpack? Use this free backpack pattern to treat your son or daughter to this throwback!
- Nintendo DS Bag
Nintendo GameBoys were all the rage two decades ago. Whether you want to protect your vintage gadget or if your teen needs to carry around their newfangled Nintendo 3DS, this is the perfect safe place to store any game device.
Vintage sewing projects and patterns are a wonderful way to channel the style of another era into your own life. Take a look at these vintage-style projects to find your own inspiration. Use these vintage sewing projects and patterns to update your wardrobe, accessorize your outfits, and decorate your home.
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