Vintage Sewing


May 3, 2009
Hello to all retro sewers out there ! I just joined the blog and wanted to introduce myself. My name is Amanda, I’m 25 and live in Columbus Ohio. I’ve been sewing for about 6 years but just started making clothes about 6 months ago. I log all my sewing, gardening, and other crafty ventures over at my blog, I’ve had a love for retro and vintage style for quite some time, but after recently moving into my grandparent’s late 1950’s ranch home – complete with vintage furniture, etc, my love for all things retro has escalated. I really love vintage fashion styles from the late 50’s – 70’s, but especially love the pin-up style from the 1940’s. (If I knew how to do it myself, I’d wear my hair like a pin-up every day!) I love vintage fabric and just recently bought a lot of 33 patterns, old and new, on eBay and can’t wait to start making some of the classic pieces.

Simplicity #8192I have run into a bit of a snag that I’m hoping someone here may be able to help with. I went to start a new dress from one of the patterns that I won in the lot from eBay and realized that it’s missing the back pattern piece. It’s Simplicity pattern #8192 and it’s missing piece D. I guess my first question is, does anyone here have this pattern? And if so, can I get a copy of that piece? My second question would be, does anyone know where I should start to try and find a copy of the missing piece? I really like this pattern (and so does the boyfriend) and have the perfect vintage floral print linen table cloth in mind. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Here’s a photo of the envelope, hopefully it helps a little:
I love following everyone’s posts and I’m really looking forward being a part of the group!

Happy Sewing!

  1. Have you checked out Pattern Rescue? Just google pattern rescue and it should come right up. I have one posted on there now waiting for a piece. I will dig through my collection and see if I can come up with anything for you….can’t guarantee it but, I’ll try.

  2. What is piece D? If it just a facing, you can recreate it with the corresponding bodice piece for the curve and look at the outline of what piece D should look like, the Simplicities from that era put them on the back of the envelope and in the instructions, I need to see it to tell.

  3. I just came back from visiting your site and drooling over the haul of wonderful patterns you recently got. If you don’t find the exact pattern, you may have something you can use in your pattern stash. I.e., I see Simplicity _028 (8028?) pictured next to this pattern. I bet if you take the back pattern piece from that one, change the back neckline to mimic your back neck facing, and cut it with a back seam allowance allowing for a zipper and seam vs. cutting on the fold, it may do the trick. Maybe you could do up a muslin before you cut into your pretty fabric and see if that works. Anyway, good luck. That’s an awesomely cute pattern!

  4. I may have misspoke. The dress I have is the same, but my pattern is Simplicity 6800, not 8192. Now that I have my pattern envelope next to me and compare to yours, I see they are different, but very similar. Sorry to dash your hopes! 🙂

  5. Thank you to everyone for your great and helpful comments! You’re all awesome! I have the pattern in Misses size 14, bust 36. I would gladly accept a scan of any size of the piece… I feel pretty comfortable that I could work with it to resize it to the right size. I would just like to have the shape right and go from there. Thanks again!


  6. I had this pattern back in th e60s but dont have it any more I am afraid.
    I made about 3 versions of it when I was about 16!

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