Thursday, June 26, 2014

What Kind of Vintage Pattern Should I Buy?

You love Vintage Sewing patterns! The fashions appeal to you, the era is "yours".  You don't like the designs are in the store, or they don't work for your body size.  If you have been shopping for vintage patterns for a while, you will notice there are many different types of patterns out there.   Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a Misses pattern and a Half size pattern? Do you choose a Teen pattern or a Junior Miss? You have see there are patterns for: Girls, Teens, Juniors, Misses, Chubby, Half Size and Fuller Figure. What are these different types of patterns?  How do I pick the one that is right for me?

Some Vintage Sewing Patterns Websites tell you to buy the pattern you like/love and offer you some advice on how to alter it. Altering pattern sizes is hard to do if you are a beginner sewer or haven't worked with vintage patterns.  It is much easier to work with the correct style of pattern in the right measurements.    Maybe you won't find a pattern that is exactly what you want when you start working with them, but once you know how to work with vintage patterns, then you can get the one you love, and make it work for you.

Here is a helpful guide to sewing pattern shopping for a 1950's sewing pattern from the Advance Pattern Company.  Please also look at the handy dandy measurement chart below the pattern descriptions!

Monday, June 09, 2014

Free Shipping!

Free shipping for orders over $100 at Patterns from the Past within the lower 48 states.   Use the discount code SHIPFREE

Offer expires July 1, 2014. It can not be applied towards the purchase of Gift Certificates. Limit 1 use per customer.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Sewing Pattern Contests!

There are some great vintage sewing pattern contests going on now, or about to start on 

There is the Inspired By the Movies Contest  Feb 1 - 28, 2014  with a prizes for gift certificates to Patterns from the Past.

Another interesting contest is the New to Me Pattern Contest.  Which isn't only vintage patterns - but if you have always wanted to sew a pattern from sewing pattern company you haven't tried, this would be a great chance.

Maybe you have always wanted to make a 60's mail order sewing pattern - but haven't tried them.

Or maybe you have always wanted to try a Spadea pattern?   They are wonderful designer patterns from the 50's - 70s. 

There are many other sewing contest coming up such as the Vintage Sewing Pattern contest and a Frankenpattern contest.  

Might these contests motivate you to get out your machine and sew?

Monday, August 12, 2013

Boxtops for McCall's Sewing Patterns c. 1970s

What kind of cereal would have a mail in form for a sewing pattern?  Would it be aimed at an adult, like Raisin Bran or maybe Alpha-Bits?

How many boxtops did you have to save to get these patterns?  Some are "Pounds Thinner Patterns" which are designed to make you look taller or thinner.

They also included standard dress and pants patterns.

If you didn't want to eat cereal to get free sewing patterns you could use Baggies plastic bags and Punch laundry detergent to get some different sewing patterns.

Did you order any of these patterns?  What cereal eat to get them?  Have you made these patterns? Are they groovy enough to wear today?  I think they are a better prize then what you get in the cereal now!

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Red Hot Summer Sale at Patterns from the Past

10% off assorted Women's sewing patterns from the 1970's on up. Swing by Get them while they are hot!

To see what patterns are new on the site visit:

I've been adding a lot of hats lately: 

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Spring is in the Air!

Happy Spring from Patterns from the Past!

Hopefully Winter is gone for the season.

Here is a coupon code to celebrate! The code: 

Spring 2013

This code is good for 15% off your order of over $50.  This offer is valid until April 30, 2013. 


Michelle Lee
Patterns from the Past

Simplicity 2936

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown!

There are  a variety of things you can do with vintage sewing patterns.  One of the many uses of the sewing patterns is as a costumes for theatre.  Often the ones that make it onto the stage are not designed as costumes, but are clothing patterns.

I recently came across some dresses that reminded me of the musical You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, a musical  based on the cartoons of Charles M. Schulz.  The show premiered in 1967.  Which would account for the drop waist dresses in the show.    It looks more realistic to me when you use period sewing patterns rather then a costume sewing pattern.  Even if the period is the 1960s.

Lucy is the height of 1960's fashion in a drop waist dress

So is Sally Brown

These are the dresses that reminded me of the cartoons and the musical.

Simplicity 6783

Simplicity 7848

Simplicity 8523

This is a costume pattern inspired by the comic. 

Simplicity 7506
Simplicity 7516