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Link Love: 13 Online Resources for Vintage Sewing Patterns

Love vintage fashion? Then don't miss our round-up of these excellent online sewing resources!

By: Ashley Jones, Editor, AllFreeSewing.com
Link Love 13 Online Resources for Vintage Sewing Patterns
Link Love 13 Online Resources for Vintage Sewing Patterns

We all have that one sewing pattern we fell in love with years ago, but have long since lost. If you've been mourning the loss of your favorite pattern, don't worry! AllFreeSewing has rounded up our favorite online resources for vintage sewing patterns.

From online encyclopedias of retro patterns to some of our favorite vintage sewing bloggers, this list of online sewing resources is your go-to source for finding that pattern you fell in love with decades ago. We've even included a few online stores if you can't resist recreating some of your favorite styles. Don't miss our collection of the best resources for vintage sewing patterns.

Plus, if you're searching for your new favorite sewing pattern, be sure to sign-up for our free eNewsletter, Sewing It Up!



 

Online Sewing Pattern Collections and Encyclopedias

  1. Vintage Sewing Patterns Wiki Page - This Wiki page has over 80,000 vintage sewing projects and lets you browse patterns by year, type of garment, and brand. 

  2. A Few Threads Loose - Blogger Anna Depew posts about vintage and lingerie patterns, as well as sells vintage patterns in her Etsy store. Don't miss her Fabric Encyclopedia that covers vintage fabric terms!

  3. Antique Pattern Library - This non-profit site offers PDF links of sewing, embroidery, crochet, and knitting patterns from the turn of the 20th century.

Where to Buy Vintage Sewing Patterns

  1. Vintage Sewing Patterns on eBay - If you're looking for variety and lowest price, eBay is your go-to destination for vintage sewing patterns.

  2. Etsy - Similar to eBay, you can purchase sewing patterns from a wide variety of Etsy stores, which covers vintage sewing patterns for adults and children as well.

  3. Directly from the Company - Several major pattern companies offer reprints of vintage patterns.

    *Vintage Patterns from Simplicity
    *Vintage Patterns from Butterick
    *Vintage Patterns from McCall's

  4. Patterns by Gertie - Blogger Gretchen Hirsch has her own line of vintage-inspired sewing patterns with Butterick. Her designs include cocktail dresses and daywear!
    Don't miss her blog, Gertie's New Blog for Better Sewing.

Our Favorite Vintage Sewing Bloggers

  1. By Gum, By Golly - Blogger Tasha Moss writes about her experiences working with vintage sewing and knitting patterns. We're in love with her Special Birthday Dress post!

  2. The Crafty Pinup - Blogger Abi Dyson is a lingerie blogger with a flair for vintage fashion. You can follow her blog or find her on YouTube. She's also the Vintage Ambassador for Simplicity!
    Don't miss her post on creating this 1950s Inspired Prom Dress!

  3. Vintage Dream Blog - Blogger Carmen shows you how to build a vintage wardrobe with a thrifty frame of mind. Her take on this 1930s Simplicity pattern is completely stunning!

  4. Lilacs & Lace - Blogger Laura Mae covers sewing and knitting on her vintage-inspired blog. Don't miss her post on her Rhapsody in Blue dress!

  5. Wearing History Blog - Blogger Lauren covers a huge array of historic sewing patterns, from the Regency Era to post WWII fashion. Check out this post on her Regency Era gown!

  6. Vintage on Tap - Blogger Bianca Santori covers everything vintage on her blog and YouTube channel, including altering vintage patterns. Don't miss her video tutorial on how she made this gorgeous Easter Spring Dress!

Where do you find your vintage patterns? Let us know below in the comments!

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What an informative page! I love this archive of so many places to find vintage tutorials!

this has so many great vintage resources and blogs to check out! amazing!!

This is awesome to have so many sources for vintage patterns all in one place! Thank you!

Everything in fashion is cyclical, so it's great to be able to have so many vintage sewing patterns in one convenient place!

Amazing that you can find all the items you need to craft beautiful vintage style dresses today! I'm obsessed with 1920s style dresses, so I'd be super interested to find patterns from this era.

I love the Easter Spring Dress by Vintage on Tap. So cute!

I never knew there were so many great places to find vintage patterns on the web!! I always thought they were kind of a rarity. Thanks for all the fabulous resources!

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