Feel like carrying the vintage theme through for Frocktober? Here’s a bunch of pretty re-released vintage and retro patterns from the Big 4, all easy to obtain and pretty to make.
First up, we’re heading back to the 1930’s with….
Vogue V2859. As well as a dress, this has a pattern for an evening-style long coat and a super cute wrap blouse. I will warn you though – it’s an advanced pattern for a reason. Lots of interesting seaming details, with lapped seams and points that need to look nice and sharp. It’s stunning though, and the dress in particular is easily made modern simply by shortening it. (I got curious and made it shorter and in a cotton drill.)
Here’s a 1940’s pattern for your viewing pleasure – Vogue V2787. Isn’t that front seaming and draping detail fascinating? I really want to see this one made up!
I must admit that I wasn’t sure about this one, and then I made it up. And promptly made it again, coz I loved it so much. (And yes, one day I fully intend to make it up a third time.) It’s Butterick B5281 from the 1940’s. I do love me some of those 1940’s details, don’t you? This one features an assymetric seam down the front skirt, fitted waist, and draping on one shoulder.
I’m not 100% sure which decade Vogue V8768 is from, but I’m picking late 1940s – early 1950s. It’s got a faux-bolero style at the front, peplum at the back, and pretty drapes in the back of the skirt. And one day, this pattern will make it’s way into my collection…..
Here’s a sweet little 1950’s dress – Butterick B5708. Check out that rather unique neckline and shoulder ties! That’s right – this one’s able to be worn in several different ways. Four different ways, to be exact – including strapless and one-shouldered. Plus that bodice has plenty of colour blocking / pattern mixing potential.
Another 1950’s beauty, this time Vogue V2401. It’s an interesting take on a shirt/coat style dress – it almost looks like outerwear in the image (done up in kinda trenchcoat-brown), with it’s 3/4 sleeves, high collar, and ties at the front. But don’t let that fool you – I bet this would look stunning made up in a pretty cotton.
And the one I wanted to share with you from the 1960’s is Simplicity 1609. But you know what? The way Simplicity do their website images, I couldn’t grab one to add here. Sorry ’bout that. 😦 I can tell you it’s a pretty cute and classic late-1960’s style, though. A shift style sleeveless dress, with dart shaping at front and back waist, and your choice of either a plain neckline, a bow, or a cute scalloped collar. (Personally, I’d go for the collar variation. So, so cute!)