Vintage Sewing


June 7, 2010
Hello, my name is Amy and I’m from Brighton in the UK.
A sewing newbie as such, well this attempt has been the attempt thats worked. I’m nearing the end of finishing my first project, a 60s shift dress in original 1960s psychedelic-lite fabric.

I’m plan is to basicly have all my wardrobe either original 50s/60s/70s clothes or ones sewn from patterns or using vintage fabric. And it’s coming along mighty slowly!

Altho today i had the luckiest find, all these patterns in a charity shop, 20p each!!!!!!!! £1.60 for all these beauties. Only downside is noooone are in my sizes despite them all being perfect and what I want. I’ve decided to keep a few and the rest, well ,If anyone wants to trade(I’m after 60s patterns in larger sizes, 40inch bust + sort of thing) then you can e-mail me at

Any questions about the patterns then just leave a comment or an e-mail and I’ll get straight back to you.

All the best,

Amy x

  1. Hey Amy : )

    You might want to try a google search for resizing patterns and give it a go with some scrap material in your stash. As someone who acquires a ridiculous amount of 50s, 60s and 70s patterns, I can tell you that 40"+ busts come along, but not with great regularity!

    Learning to resize can be intimidating at first, but once you get the hang of it it opens up a whole new world of available patterns.

    Good luck : )

  2. Welcome Amy!
    What a great score. You should try resizing them like Katherine said, there are a ton of tutorials out there. That Vogue Nina Ricci cape coat is amazing.
    Can't wait to see your finished 60s dress.

  3. Hey Amy,

    I'm a beginner too and been keeping a blog like you as well.

    Looking forward to seeing how you get on.

  4. what a find!!!!

    Seriously I hope you try the resizing, because I am a 36 bust and I rarely find the stuff I want, standard for the 50's and 60's seems to be 32-34, the 36 and up are rare and 40's are almost non existant… ALMOST.

    My advice is to measure the pattern peices to find out what the ease in each pattern is too – for example a sewing book I bought published in 1961 said that commercial patterns had 4 inches of ease where you only really need 2, so perhaps a 36 or a 38 may be bit enough… just a thought

    But good luck with resizing and can't wait to see your finished dress.

  5. Hi ladies,
    I am a pattern-drafter/ vintage sewer and am currently working on a line of vintage-inspired sewing patterns, which will be available in all sizes. Please visit/follow my blog for details:
    When I get my business up and running, grading/ resizing might be something I will specialise in.


  6. thanks for the lovely comments guys. I hope to make my first attempt at re-sizing this weekend with the butterick pencil skirt pattern(in the 3rd pic.

  7. Hi, give "Fitting Finesse" by Nancy Zieman a try. I've used her technique to add up to 10 inches on vintage patterns I own and it worked wonderfully!

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