Pattern Swap?

Do you guys allow posts for pattern swaps?? These are all 50s-70s real vintage patterns I would like to swap for other vintage patterns, in a size 32" or 34" bust, or anything interesting. If this is not allowed then please delete.

So, I have these patterns. Rather than scanning them in, I'll post a link to the Vintage Pattern Wiki and tell you size and condition.

Butterick 7139 - Bust 30", Size 12. My oldest pattern for swap. Complete, cut, but envelope in poor condition.
McCall's 9549 (1968) - Girl's pattern, Chest 30", size 12. In good condition, partially uncut. It's not on the vintage pattern wiki so I linked to etsy.
Simplicity 8031 - Bust 36", size 14. Uncut. Envelope missing.
Simplicity 8031 (1974) - Bust 36", size 14. Cut. Envelope has large tear from the top.
Vogue 7741 (1970) - Bust 36", size 14. Uncut.
Butterick 4762 - Bust 36", size 14. Uncut.
Vogue 1075 - Bust 34", size 12. Cut and complete.
Vogue 2923 - Bust 34", size 12. Cut and complete.
Vogue 2027 - Bust 34", size 12. Cut and complete. Designed by Calvin Klein.
Vogue 1503 - Bust 34", size 12. Cut and complete.
McCall's 6681 - Bust 34", size 12. Uncut.

Reply here if interested.



I've got a box full of unfinished sewing projects and a huge fabric stash, and as I'm unemployed at the moment, I decided to get them all finished/used. Here's the first thing I finished, a dress made from a 1960s pattern

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pattern help

I was watching The Boat That Rocked the other day, and rather fell in love with this dress that one of the characters briefly wears. It seems pretty simple, but I was wondering if any of you had seen a similar pattern, or knew how I might go about tracking one down.

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Thanks! I hope this is allowed, but if it's not, mods, feel free to delete.
  • oh_meow

To kick this off again

pattern envelope

I used this pattern, which was supposed to be some kind of silky evening dress and made a pinafore dress with it.

autumny dress

My dummy's complete lack of ribs doesn't show the dress to its best advantage, but I'm ill and look like crap right now, so I'm not going to take a photo of it on. The bodice is lined with the same fabric, and I covered the seams with bias binding.

fabric closeup

Here's a closeup of the fabric. I got it at John Lewis.

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A quickly knocked together dress.

(xposted to oh_meow

I knocked together a quick dress one afternoon the other week. It's been hanging around til I could find my pack of hooks and eyes to sew in to fasten it. Apologies for the clutter in the background.

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The pattern is a little big for me, but I couldn't be bothered to adjust it, so I made a loose smock-like dress. I was vaguely going for a Swedish folky look.

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This is the pattern - Jiffy Sew!
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I've made the top from the packet as well, I bothered to adjust that, and I added a bib front, but I need to get some more decorative ribbon for trim before it's finished.

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possibly daft sizing question...


I'm looking for patterns at the moment to make a 60s dress. All good so far and I've found some pretty cool ones. I can't get my head around the old sizes though. Here comes the probably really stupid question but I'm foreign so please forgive me :)

When it says "bust", does that mean I have to measure under my boobs, or is it the measurement that goes right across them?

And is there some sort of conversion chart for what size is what? I'm so confused. My measurements (35'' across boob, 25'' waist, 38'' hips) don't seem to conform to any of the measurements stated on the patterns. In modern UK sizes I'm pretty much a 12-14 on the bottom half and a 10 on the top half.

Many many thanks.

To make this post less boring, here's a skirt I made with a Vogue pattern my mum had flying around, she reckons it's early 70s:

It hangs nicer than that, it looks a bit stiff in the picture. My top is concealing another inch and a half or so of the waist of the skirt. Sorry if you've seen this on sew_hip already!

What annoys you most about vintage patterns?

Here's mine

1) Neck & arm facings. I hate hate hate them, I always leave them out, turning the edge under or lining the top instead (I hate raw zig-zagged neck holes too, they remind me of school play costumes made out of shiny polyester by someone's mum)

2) The insistence on marking things using tailor's tacks. My school textiles teacher was obsessed by the things (that and linen), no tailor's chalk was allowed anywhere near the holy fabric. For the kind of polycottons I tend to sew with it really makes no difference whatsoever, it's not like I'm marking it with permanent marker.

3) The way patterns from the 60s for mini dresses always have the hem about 8 inches longer than your knees, just in case on of their customers from the Outer Hebrides or somewhere was put off by the skirt being daringly short on these new fashions (no offence intended to the fine people of the Outer Hebrides in the early 60s of course)

4) Pressed darts. I always slash the centre line myself and mark the widest part of the dart.

Anyone else?
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first post from me

Take one slighly hideous evening dress pattern and remove the fussy interfacing ...
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Apologies for the shoddy photos, I borrowed my housemate's camera and I'm not used to it. My faithful canon has gone awol about the house somewhere. It's very frustrating.

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Made from vintage corduroy lined with modern floral cotton . I only had 1m of the corduroy so I had to split some of the bodice into several parts in order to fit it on the fabric. The flimsy floral cotton lining was a pain in the arse. The photo I took of the lining didn't come out to my satisfaction. I guess I'll take some better photos when I find my own camera.

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The blouse is one I already own (from h&m I believe), I put it on because the dummy happens to be the exact same shade of blue as the dress and it looked very confusing otherwise